No. 25 Memphis cruises past UAB
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Chris Crawford scored 20 points and led No. 25 Memphis to an 86-71 win over UAB on Saturday.
Geron Johnson added 19 points and Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds for the Tigers (27-4, 16-0 C-USA), who finished the regular season on a three-game winning streak. Memphis will be the top overall seed with a first-round bye in the upcoming Conference USA Tournament.
Jordan Swing scored 19 points and grabbed seven boards and Rod Rucker had 16 points for the Blazers (15-16, 7-9), who ended the regular season with two straight losses.
Memphis had a 43-28 lead entering the second half, but a dunk by Rucker started a 16-2 rally for the Blazers and they cut the deficit to 45-44 with 14:41 left in regulation.
However, the Blazers struggled for the rest of the contest.
D.J. Stephens converted a three-point play and Jackson sank a 3-pointer as Memphis began to pull away.
With less than three minutes remaining, Memphis had an 86-62 advantage. The Blazers scored nine straight points in the final minutes to make it respectable.
Up 31-24 with 3:54 left in the first half, Memphis finished out the half with a 12-4 run.
UAB struggled with the ball in the period as the Tigers picked up 12 steals, with a team-high five from Jackson.
Johnson scored 14 points in the first half ... Memphis made 10-of-19 from 3-point range ... The Tigers have won 15 straight games against UAB.
03/09 15:16:47 ET