Bayamon, Puerto Rico Scooter McFadgon's jump shot with a half-minute left lifted Memphis past Miami of Ohio 60-59 Thursday in the Puerto Rico Shootout for coach John Calipari's first victory with the Tigers.
Memphis trailed 56-50 with 4:19 left, and was down 59-58 with 58 seconds remaining after Miami's Mike Ensminger made a layup.
Kelly Wise led Memphis (1-1) with 22 points and 14 rebounds. But he missed two free throws with 14 seconds left that would have given Memphis a three-point lead.
"We made it simple in the end, swing the ball and post him," Calipari said.
"If he wants to have the ball he's got to learn to make free throws down the stretch."
Calipari, the former coach at Massachusetts and the NBA's New Jersey Nets, was hired by Memphis in March.
He lost his first game with the Tigers, against Temple last week.
Guard Jason Grunkemeyer had 24 points and five rebounds for Miami (0-2).
Memphis led 33-32 at halftime. Miami went only 7-for-20 (35 percent) from the field in the first half, while Memphis made 14 of 28 shots.
Today, Memphis will play No. 5 Stanford, and Miami faces Old Dominion.