LAHAINA, Hawaii – Robert Dozier had 13 points to lead a balanced Memphis offense, and the 12th-ranked Tigers beat Oklahoma 77-65 Monday in a sloppy opening-round game of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The Tigers (2-0) will play in the semifinals Tuesday against the winner of the game between No. 19 Georgia Tech and Purdue.

Memphis, which starts three sophomores and a freshman, took control at the start of the second half by hitting seven of its first 10 shots to lead 58-42 with 12:04 left.

Oklahoma (2-1) drew within 10 points twice, the last at 69-59 with 4:36 left on two free throws by Michael Neal. The Tigers, however, were able to improve their foul shooting and keep their lead over the final 21/2 minutes.

Eight Memphis players had between 13 and six points, but the Tigers hurt themselves by missing 14 of their first 27 free throw attempts before finishing 20-for-37.

Neal, who missed the Sooners’ first two games of the season with a suspension over playing in an unsanctioned summer league, finished with 18 points. Taylor Griffin added 16 points and 10 rebounds.

AP-ES-11-20-06 1654EST



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