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Tulsa, OK-Tigers guard Chris Crawford capped his MVP run through the Conference USA tournament with 23 points to lead Memphis past Southern Miss 91-79 in double overtime. The win gave Memphis its third straight C-USA tournament title and its seventh in the past eight years. The Tigers are leaving Conference USA to join the Big East next season.

Crawford, who was voted C-USA’s Sixth Man of the Year, put the Tigers on top for good in the second overtime when he hit a three-pointer midway through that extra period. Memphis is now 30-4 and hoping for a good seed when NCAA tournament bids are handed out on Sunday.

After letting Southern Miss rally from a seven-point deficit in the final minute of regulation, the Tigers tied the game again in overtime on a jumper by Joe Jackson in the final seconds to force the second extra period.

Tigers D.J. Stephens and Adonis Thomas made the all-tournament team along with Crawford.