Mizzou One Away From First Final Four

By: Bob Baum - AP Sports Writer
By: Bob Baum - AP Sports Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - A career night by J.T. Tiller put Missouri one win away from its first trip to the Final Four.

Memphis' 27-game winning streak, meanwhile, is history.

Tiller scored a career-high 23 points - 15 more than his season average - and Missouri held off Memphis' frantic rally for a 102-91 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the West Regional.

Third-seeeded Missouri led by 24 points four minutes into the second half, then saw Memphis close within six with 2:14 to play. Free throws put it away for Missouri.

Dynamic point guard Tyreke Evans scored 33 for Memphis (33-4). The second-seeded Tigers shot only 18-for-32 from the foul line - last year, a poor showing at the foul line cost them dearly in an overtime championship game loss to Kansas.

Missouri (31-6), the no. 3 seed, faces no. 1 seed Connecticut for the West title on Saturday.

(Copyright 2009 By The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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