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     === Memphis salvages Atlantis tourney with win over Northern Iowa ===
 
 Paradise  Island, Bahamas  (Sports Network) - Chris Crawford tallied 18 points
 and  12  rebounds in No.  19 Memphis' 52-47 victory  over Northern Iowa in the
 seventh place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.
 
 Joe  Jackson had  15 points  for the  Tigers  (3-2), who  lost to  VCU in  the
 quarterfinals and Minnesota in the loser's bracket.
 
 "If  we were  0-3 nobody would want  to be around me," Memphis head coach Josh
 Pastner said. "What's important is we won. We needed some momentum."
 
 Deon  Mitchell  netted 18 points to  lead Northern Iowa (3-3), which began the
 year  with three straight  wins before losing all three of its contests in the
 tournament.
 
 "We  moved  the ball  well and  found guys  in the  right places. We rebounded
 better  in the first two games. The hard part is we didn't have enough to show
 for it," Northern Iowa head coach Ben Jacobson said.
 
 Chip Rank's layup gave Northern Iowa a 41-40 edge with 5:18 remaining, but the
 Tigers countered with eight straight points to seize control of the contest.
 
 A Crawford layup preceded three-point plays by Jackson and Adonis Thomas for a
 48-41 Tigers lead with 35 ticks to go.
 
 Earlier,  four straight Northern  Iowa triples -- two by Rank -- capped a 14-0
 run and helped the Panthers jump out to a quick 26-12 margin.
 
 Northern  Iowa,  though, didn't score for  the remaining 4:31 of the half, but
 still took a 26-22 lead into the break.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 This  was  the first-ever meeting  between the  programs ... Memphis shot 36.7
 percent  (18-of-49) from  the floor, while Northern Iowa finished 31.4 percent
 (16-of-51) from the field.
 
 
 
 
 11/24 18:41:12 ET

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