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COL BKB: Memphis 86, Ala.-Birmingham 71

March 9, 2013 at 3:46 PM

MEMPHIS, March 9 (UPI) -- Chris Crawford scored 20 points to lead Memphis to an 86-71 win over Alabama-Birmingham Saturday, giving the Tigers top seed in the Conference USA Tournament.

Geron Johnson added 19 points and Joe Jackson chipped in 17 points and 10 assists for the 20th-ranked Tigers (27-4, 16-0 C-USA), who won their third game in a row and ended the season undefeated in conference play.

Memphis led 43-28 at halftime and was 16-of-23 from the free-throw line.

Jordan Swing scored 19 points and Rod Rucker scored 16 for UAB (15-16, 7-9), which ended its season with two consecutive losses.

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