Memphis 70, East Carolina 59

Chris Crawford scored 16 points and Wesley Witherspoon recorded

a double-double to push Memphis past East Carolina 70-59 on

Wednesday night.

Will Barton added 15 points, while Witherspoon scored 12 and

pulled down 11 boards for the Tigers (17-7, 7-2 Conference USA),

who have won back-to-back games and five of six. That only loss in

their recent slate of games came against Southern Miss on Feb. 1,

the first-place team in the conference.

Memphis stayed in the thick of the conference race with a win in

this one, though, getting ahead early in a close game. The Tigers

never trailed after the opening minutes, led 37-25 at intermission

and held on despite being outscored 34-33 by the Pirates in the

second half.

Memphis outscored East Carolina 40-24 in the paint and got 21

points off 15 Pirates turnovers.

Miguel Paul finished with 13 points to pace the Pirates (12-11,

3-7).