published Friday, March 21st, 2014

Dixon, Memphis hold on to top GW 71-66

Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin (2) celebrates after his NCAA basketball second-round tournament game against George Washington, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. Memphis won 71-66.
Memphis forward Shaq Goodwin (2) celebrates after his NCAA basketball second-round tournament game against George Washington, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh. Memphis won 71-66.
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RALEIGH, N.C. — Michael Dixon Jr. scored 19 points and hit four free throws in the final 10 seconds to help Memphis hold off George Washington 71-66 on Friday night in the second round of the East Regional.

Joe Jackson added 15 points for the eighth-seeded Tigers (24-9). They entered the tournament having lost three of five to fall out of the national rankings, and shot 49 percent in this one but struggled to put the ninth-seeded Colonials away until the final seconds.

Isaiah Armwood scored a season-high 21 points after playing the final 12 minutes with four fouls for ninth-seeded GW (24-9), which was just 2 of 12 from 3-point range yet never fell behind by more than 10 points.

Leading scorer Maurice Creek — who averages 14 points — finished with nine on 2-of-13 shooting for GW, but he airballed a 3-pointer in the final seconds that would have tied it.

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