Tigers Rally to Take Down Northern Iowa, 52-47
Nov. 24, 2012
UNI took a 6-2 lead in the first three minutes of the game with two of their six first-half three-pointers. The Tigers quickly responded with a layup by Joe Jackson and a jumper by Adonis Thomas to knot it up at six at the 14:46 mark.
The Tigers took their first lead of the game with a three-pointer from Chris Crawford to take a 9-8 lead six minutes into the game. The Panthers jumped back on top with a 9-3 run to take a 17-12 advantage off Marc Sonnen's second three-pointer of the afternoon.
After nearly a four-minute scoreless streak by both teams, the Panthers increased their lead with three consecutive three-pointers to take a 14-point lead at 26-12 with 4:31 left in the half.
Memphis ended the half on a 10-0 run as Crawford and Jackson added treys of their own to go into the half trailing 26-22. At the half, Crawford led the Tigers in scoring with nine points, shooting 3-of-4 from long range, and in rebounds with five.
In the second half, the Tigers continued to chip away at the Panthers' lead as Jackson made back-to-back buckets to get Memphis within one at 32-31 with 12:06 remaining.
Crawford gave the Tigers a 33-32 lead at the 11:13 mark to break into double digits with 11 points. Another three from Crawford and a three-point play from Stan Simpson gave Memphis a 40-35 lead with under nine minutes to play.
UNI was not finished yet, answering with a 6-0 run to take a 41-40 lead with five and a half minutes to go. Crawford continued to lead the Tigers, adding a layup to push Memphis ahead once again at 42-41 with four minutes to play.
In the final two minutes, Thomas and Jackson gave Memphis some breathing room with back-to-back three-point plays for their largest lead of the game at 48-41 with 35 seconds to go. In the final seconds, Crawford and Black knocked down both of their free throws to give Memphis a 52-47 win.
Crawford led the team with 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds for his first career double-double. Jackson added 15 points for the Tigers. Deon Mitchell led the Panthers with 18 points and five assists.
Memphis will return to the FedExForum on Thursday to face UT Martin at 7 p.m.