Posted March 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
With the best performances of his career, the Conference USA tournament belonged to Chris Crawford. It just took a little longer for him to get heated up in the championship game and lead No. 20 Memphis to its seventh conference title in the past eight years. Crawford scored 20 of his 23 points in the final 13 minutes, including the go-ahead 3-pointer in double overtime, and the Tigers beat Southern Miss 91-79 on Saturday to cut down the nets for the third straight year. ''It's just great to leave out on this note. Winning the conference, we're 19-0. That's very hard to do, to win the conference tournament and go undefeated in the regular season,'' said Memphis forward Adonis Thomas, who added 19 points and eight rebounds. ''So, I think we did a great job -- an outstanding job, as a matter of fact.'' Crawford, the league's Sixth Man of the Year, connected on a 3-pointer from the left wing to put the top-seeded Tigers (30-4) up 78-76 with 2:44 remaining. He also had a jumper and...
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