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Career day for Dedric Lawson leads to Tiger win over Iowa

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NICEVILLE, FL. – Dedric Lawson scored 35 points and Jeremiah Martin hit a pair of three-pointers that brought Memphis from behind and put the Tigers ahead to stay Saturday for a 100-92 victory over Iowa in the Emerald Coast Classic consolation game.

Lawson dueled Iowa’s Peter Jok, who scored a career high 42 to lead Hawkeyes. The game featured three ties and 15 lead changes before Martin’s two long-distance shots put the Tigers (5-1) up for good 68-65 after trailing Iowa (3-3) by a point early in the second half.

K.J. Lawson had 17 points, Markel Crawford scored 16, Craig Randall II added 15 points and Martin scored 14 for Memphis.

Jok, the Big 10’s scoring leader, rebounded after No. 7 Virginia, which boasts the nation’s top scoring defense, held him to only 13 points in Iowa’s Friday’s 74-41 semifinal loss. Jok was averaging 24.3 points per game going into Saturday’s contest. Tyler Cook was the only other Hawkeye scoring in double figures with 17.