The No. 25 Memphis Tigers received a little bit of a scare from the UAB Blazers on Saturday, but they fought off a second-half Blazers charge and emerged with an 86-71 victory. The win capped off an undefeated season in Conference USA for the Tigers.
Memphis (27-4, 16-0 C-USA) appeared to be well on the way to an easy victory, taking a 43-28 lead after one half. UAB (15-16, 7-9 C-USA) then started the second half on a 17-2 run, trimming the deficit to just one point with just under 15 minutes to go. However, the Tigers were able to stem the tide, quickly reopening a double-digit lead and cruising the rest of the way.
Joe Jackson was dynamite for Memphis, stuffing the stat sheet with a line of 17 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds and six steals. Chris Crawford led the Tigers with 20 points off the bench, knocking down 5-of-10 from three-point land. Memphis made 10 of 19 from long range on the afternoon.