Memphis Mangles TU In Season Finale

TULSA -- Will Barton scored 30 points as Memphis won{}the Conference USA regular-season title Saturday with a 78-66{}victory over Tulsa.

Joe Jackson scored 16 and Wesley Witherspoon 13 for the Tigers{}(23-8, 13-3), who shot 55 percent (29 of 53) and will open{}conference tournament play Thursday in Memphis as the top seed.Barton passed the 1,000-point milestone for his career. He now{}has 1,011. He and Witherspoon each grabbed nine rebounds, and Chris{}Crawford had seven assists.Jordan Clarkson's 18 points led the Golden Hurricane (17-13,{}10-6), who will have a first-round bye in the tournament. Steven{}Idlet added 13 and Scotty Haralson 10.The Tigers, who have won four straight and eight of nine, led{}only 37-34 at intermission but blitzed the Golden Hurricane with an{}18-3 run to begin the second half and led 55-37 with 15:48 to go.The lead later peaked at 25.