Gaels a shot short against Memphis in 54-52 loss

  • Memphis guard Joe Jackson (1) drives on Saint Mary's Beau Levesque (15), Brad Waldow, and Jordan Giusti (12) during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Thursday March 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Matthew Dellavedova caught the ball and took one more 3-pointer.

It was about as good a scenario as Saint Mary's could have hoped for, especially since the Gaels were trailing by five moments earlier. But Dellavedova, the school's career leader in scoring, missed long as time expired.

"As soon as Delli got the ball in the corner, we all thought it was going to go in," Saint Mary's forward Brad Waldow said. "We knew it was going to go in, but it just didn't fall. That's it."

Dellavedova and Saint Mary's nearly pulled off an NCAA tournament upset Thursday, but sixth-seeded Memphis held on for a 54-52 win over the 11th-seeded Gaels. The Tigers led by 15 in the first half but nearly gave the game away in the final seconds.

With Memphis (31-4) ahead 54-49, Eividas Petrulis banked in a 3-pointer with 3.1 seconds to play. The Tigers then lost the ball when the Gaels' Jordan Giusti deflected the inbound pass off Joe Jackson of Memphis and out of bounds.

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