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.
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.
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.
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 15:23:43 ET