Memphis coach John Calipari doesn't hesitate to say what players love to hear.
"We're a team trying to play fast," he said.
The 12th-ranked Tigers did just that yesterday in a 77-65 victory over Oklahoma in the opening-round of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.
The Tigers were far from perfect, committing 18 turnovers and missing 17 free throws, but their speed and balanced attack made life miserable for Oklahoma, which had 21 turnovers.
"Memphis did a great job of spreading the floor and driving. That's a very unselfish team," first-year Oklahoma coach Jeff Capel said. "Their pressure took us out of a lot of things we like to do."
Robert Dozier had 13 points to lead Memphis, which starts three sophomores and a freshman and had eight players score between 13 and 6 points.
"That's our style of play," sophomore guard Antonio Anderson said. "Coach makes a point that one of us doesn't have to be the star and that together with that equal balance we can do what we like to do."
Memphis (2-0) took control at the start of the second half by hitting 7 of 10 shots to take a 58-42 lead with 12:04 left.
Oklahoma (2-1) drew within 10 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 2 1/2 minutes.
"We missed about 15 layups, too," Calipari said when asked about the early trouble at the foul line. "These kids made them when they mattered."
The Tigers missed 14 of their first 27 free throw attempts before finishing 20 for 37.
Neal, who missed the Sooners' first two games because of a suspension over playing in an unsanctioned summer league, finished with 18 points. Taylor Griffin added 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Georgia Tech 79, Purdue 61 -- Also at the Maui Classic, freshman point guard Javaris Crittenton scored 10 of his 20 points in a four-minute stretch late in the second half to lead the No. 19 Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech (4-0) will play Memphis in today's semifinal.
The 6-foot-5-inch Crittenton took over the game with some impressive penetrating moves, scoring all but two of the Yellow Jackets' points in a 12-2 run that gave them a 72-54 lead with 3:44 to play.
Carl Landry had 14 points for the Boilermakers, who finished 4 for 24 from 3-point range.
Kentucky 87, DePaul 81 -- In another opening-round game in Lahaina, Randolph Morris scored 20 points, including 9 of Kentucky's final 11, and the 20th-ranked Wildcats held off the Blue Demons. Kentucky was never able to shake the Blue Demons (1-3) in a game that saw both teams shoot better than 53 percent from the field.
Sammy Mejia and Wilson Chandler both had 17 points for DePaul.
UCLA 88, Chaminade 63 -- Arron Afflalo scored 11 of his 25 points during UCLA's game-opening, 17-2 run, and the fifth-ranked Bruins rolled into the semifinals of the Maui Invitational. The Bruins (2-0) will play Kentucky tonight in a matchup of schools with a combined 18 national championships -- a record 11 by UCLA.
Ohio State 82, San Francisco 60 -- Mike Conley Jr. and Jamar Butler combined for 16 assists with just two turnovers, and Daequan Cook added 20 points off the bench to lead the No. 4 Buckeyes at Columbus, Ohio.
The Buckeyes (5-0), still awaiting the return of big man Greg Oden, also dominated the boards against the Dons, outrebounding them, 46-31.
Alabama 63, Xavier 56 -- Mykal Riley had 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists to lead the No. 8 Crimson Tide to the championship of the Paradise Jam tournament.
Tournament MVP Alonzo Gee had 13 points and Jamareo Davidson added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Alabama (4-0).
Josh Duncan had 14 points and nine rebounds for Xavier (3-1).Duke 71, Air Force 56 -- DeMarcus Nelson scored a career-high 23 points, and the No. 9 Blue Devils rode a strong-shooting first half to victory over the Falcons in the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Freshman Lance Thomas added 15 points, and Jon Scheyer finished with 12 for the Blue Devils (4-0).
Marquette 87, Texas Tech 72 -- Wesley Matthews scored 20 points and Jerel McNeal matched his career high with 19, leading the No. 13 Golden Eagles (5-0) in the other CBE Classic semifinal.
Maryland 71, Winthrop 60 -- Ekene Ibekwe scored 18 points and Bambale Osby ignited a decisive second-half run that carried the No.25 Terrapins to victory in College Park, Md.
Stonehill 78, Southern N.H. 75 -- Freshman A.J. Rudowitz scored 15 points, including the go-ahead layup with 45 seconds remaining, to lift the host Skyhawks to a Northeast-10 victory.
Texas 84, Sam Houston St. 56 -- Tiffany Jackson had her fourth straight double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds to lead the No. 25 Longhorns at Austin, Texas.