March 26, 2009 – Third-seeded Mizzou ends No. 2 Memphis’ 27-game win-streak with a 101-92 win in the West regional semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona behind a career-game from JT Tiller.
Tiller, the Big scored a career-high 23 points – 15 in the first half (seven more than his season average) – to pace the Tigers, who advanced to their second Elite 8 in seven years.
Memphis trailed by as many as 24 points (four minutes into the second half) before cutting it to six (89-83) with 2:14 remaining, before Missouri put the game away at the line, where they went 30-of-45 Missouri’s high-octane offense and pressure defense proved too much for Tyreke Evans (who scored a game-high 33 points) and Memphis, the defending National runner-up on a quest for a fourth straight Elite 8.
Freshman Marcus Denmon hit a three-quarters court shot at the half to put the Tigers up 49-36 in what was an overwhelming 27-7 run that spanned the last four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half.
All five Missouri starters reached double figures. DeMarre Carroll scored 17 and Leo Lyons had 15 points and 12 rebounds.