Bullock, Providence beat Memphis in Emerald Coast Classic
NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) Rodney Bullock scored 18 points and Emmitt Holt added 16 to lead Providence to a come-from-behind 60-51 victory over Memphis on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic.
The Friars (4-1) play No. 7 Virginia, a 74-41 winner over Iowa, on Saturday in the title game after the two losing teams square off for third place.
Memphis (4-1) went ahead by 12 points, the Tigers' biggest lead of the game, with little more than four minutes left in the first half, led by Dedric Lawson's nine points. Lawson finished the game with 19 to lead all scorers.
Neither team could get much going offensively in the second half, but Providence eventually took its first lead midway through the period, 37-36, on a dunk by Kalif Young. The Friars expanded their advantage to 49-41 but Memphis twice closed the gap to four points before Providence shut the door with a game-ending 7-2 run.