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Tigers advance to CUSA semifinals

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Recently named Conference USA 6th Man of the Year, Memphis Tigers guard Chris Crawford ignited the Blue and Gray to an 81-68 win against Tulane in the Conference USA quarterfinals matchup.

Crawford set a new career high with 24 points, as the junior connected on six 3-pointers, while sophomore forward Adonis Thomas scored 17 points of his own.

The past four games for Memphis has seen breakout performances for Crawford, who averaged 8.3 points per game in the first 24 contests of the year. However, in the last four games, the Memphian and Sheffield High graduate has averaged 19.5 points per game.

The regular season Conference USA champions ended the first half on a 14-0 run, led by a pair of Crawford 3-pointers and a two-handed slam from the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year, D.J. Stephens.

Crawford made five of his six 3-point baskets in the first half, as Memphis closed out the first twenty minutes taking a 44-27 lead into halftime.

Josh Davis contributed 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Tulane Green Wave, who fell to 19-14 on the year, with the loss.

Conference USA Player of the Year, Joe Jackson, also added 15 points for Memphis, as the Tigers try to win their seventh Conference USA tournament in the last eight years.

Thursday's win against Tulane marked the 22nd consecutive win for the Tigers against the Green Wave.

Memphis will take on the host of the tournament, fifth-seeded Tulsa, in the semifinals, Friday at 5:30. 

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