Kansas wins title as Tigers fade in OT

Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at 2:11am

Kansas' Mario Chalmers hit a game-tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds in regulation and the Jayhawks went on to capture their first national championship in men's basketball since 1988 with a 75-68 win over Memphis on Monday.

Memphis (38-2) seemed to have the title wrapped up with 1:15 left in regulation, but the Tigers missed four critical free throws down the stretch, giving Kansas all the opportunity it needed. The Tigers had struggled at the line all season, and on Monday night they paid for it.

The Tigers took a 60-51 lead with 2:12 left in the game, led by freshman Derrick Rose's 15 second-half points. Rose finished with 18 in the game.

Darrell Arthur then hit a jumper for Kansas and Sherron Collins made a steal and hit a three. Memphis' Chris Douglas-Roberts hit two foul shots with 1:39 left, but things went badly for the Tigers thereafter. Memphis was outscored by a 24-8 stretch to end the game.

Chalmers had 18 points and was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. Chris Douglas-Roberts had 22 points for the Tigers, who finished 12-of-19 at the charity stripe.

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By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Nothing good ever happens in Memphis!

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

If you're referring to the championship game, it was in San Antonio, not Memphis.You should have said, "Nothing good ever happens to Memphis!"

By: sarcasm on 12/31/69 at 6:00

How would we poor, uneducated, redneck natives ever survive without arrogant, smug, snarky transplants like gdiafante?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm not sure sarcasm, I'm here to help and correct in any way possible.Oh, by the way, I'm not a transplant. :)

By: Rocket99 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Memphis faded before the OT. It was their game to loose ad the did. Up by 9 with 2 min left they should have come out on top.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

gdiafante, I want to repeat. "Nothing good ever happens in Memphis." Nothing grammatically incorrect in my statement.