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NICEVILLE, Fla. — Dedric Lawson scored 35 points and Jeremiah Martin hit a pair of 3-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.

Each team had a big run in the first half. Memphis opened a 12-point lead, the largest advantage for either team, with a 14-2 run that began with Crawford’s three-point shot to break a 7-7 tie. Iowa immediately responded with a 16-4 run to tie the game at 25-25.

Dedric Lawson’s jumper put Memphis back in the lead 27-25. Iowa never could get closer than one point behind before the half ended with Memphis up 54-51.

The trip to the Florida Panhandle was a bust for the Hawkeyes, even though they easily had the largest fan contingent at the Emerald Coast. The loss to Virginia left those fans stunned and showed the Hawkeyes have plenty of work to do despite a gaudy 96.2 scoring average going into the tournament.

Virginia, which leads the nation in scoring defense, held Iowa to less than half that figure.

The challenges will continue to mount, with a visit to 5-0 Notre Dame next on the agenda and a visit from No. 21 Iowa State looming on Dec. 8.

IOWA (92)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Cook

33

6-9

0-0

5-6

7

2

3

17

Uhl

26

2-5

0-3

2-2

4

1

2

6

Baer

16

2-3

1-2

0-0

1

1

0

5

Williams

16

1-5

0-1

0-0

0

3

2

2

Jok

36

11-16

8-11

12-12

6

0

5

42

Wagner

13

1-2

0-0

2-2

5

2

1

4

Bohannon

24

2-8

1-4

0-0

0

6

4

5

Moss

2

1-2

0-1

0-0

0

0

0

2

Ellingson

16

1-1

1-1

0-0

3

1

0

3

Pemsl

18

3-4

0-0

0-2

4

0

1

6

Team

2

Totals

200

30-55

11-23

21-24

32

16

18

92

MEMPHIS (100)

MIN

FG

3P

FT

RB

A

TO

TP

Lawson

38

15-22

0-2

5-7

11

3

1

35

Rykhoek

9

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

1

2

Lawson

39

8-17

0-1

1-3

10

4

2

17

Martin

30

5-9

3-5

1-2

3

5

2

14

Crawford

35

5-10

1-4

5-6

3

2

0

16

Kessee

10

0-1

0-0

1-2

0

1

0

1

Randall

32

6-11

3-6

0-0

2

2

1

15

McDowell

7

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

Team

1

Totals

200

40-72

7-18

13-20

31

17

7

100

Halftime—Memphis 54-51. Team fouls—Iowa 17, Memphis 19. Fouled out—Baer (Iowa), Crawford (Memphis). Attendance—2,196.

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