No. 19 Memphis beats Northern Iowa in Bahamas

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Memphis guard/forward D.J. Stephens (30) and Northern Iowa forward Chip Rank (4) battle for a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Chris Crawford and Joe Jackson, two of Memphis' better players who had been struggling, scored 18 and 15 points, respectively, and the 19th-ranked Tigers avoided losing all three games in the Battle 4 Atlantis, beating Northern Iowa 52-47 on Saturday.

Memphis (3-2) was one of four ranked team in the regular-season tournament but it was the only one not to reach the semifinals, and things didn't look so great late in the first half against the Panthers, who led 26-12 with 4:34 to play.

Crawford, who had 12 rebounds, hit a 3-pointer to start a 10-0 run that closed the half and Jackson ended the spurt with another 3 to make it 26-22.

Deon Mitchell led the Panthers (3-3) with 18 points and five assists.

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