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Memphis turn away slumping Ohio State in Miami Hoophall Invitational

Memphis guard Ricky Tarrant Jr. (20) is fouled by Ohio State guard Kam Williams (15) in overtime of the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Miami. Memphis defeated Ohio State 81-76 in overtime.
Memphis guard Ricky Tarrant Jr. (20) is fouled by Ohio State guard Kam Williams (15) in overtime of the Hoophall Miami Invitational on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Miami. Memphis defeated Ohio State 81-76 in overtime. AP

A bad week kept getting worse for Ohio State.

The defending champs in football lost to Michigan State last weekend and, in the process, dropped out of the top spot in the rankings.

And heading into Friday’s Miami Hoophall Invitational, the basketball Buckeyes had fared no better, losing to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech.

There was no pick-me-up win Friday.

Memphis handed Ohio State a 81-76 overtime loss in the second game of the basketball doubleheader at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Shaq Goodwin scored 23 points while Dedric Lawson added 16 points and nine rebounds as Memphis (3-2) prevailed in a tight-fought battle in which there were 10 lead changes.

Memphis led 75-72 when Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop connected on a three-pointer with 58 seconds left in the second half to send it into overtime.

But the Buckeyes didn’t continue the momentum in overtime.

Ohio State (2-3) was held to just a single free throw in OT, going 0 for 6 from the field.

“I was really proud of our defense,” Memphis coach Josh Pastner said. “We were a little tired, but it was a gutty win.”

The Tigers benefitted from strong free-throw shooting.

Goodwin was 9 for 9 from the free-throw line while Ricky Tarrant Jr. went 14 for 16 from the charity stripe.

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