Scores

Final

SMU 69

(14-15, 4-10 C-USA)

UAB 74

(15-14, 7-7 C-USA)

3:00 PM ET, March 2, 2013

Bartow Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

1 2 T
SMU 33 3669
UAB 27 4774

Top Performers

Southern Methodist: C. Cunningham 12 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Blk

UAB: R. Rucker 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast

UAB 74, SMU 69

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rod Rucker collected his 10th double-double of the season as Alabama-Birmingham won its fourth straight, defeating Southern Methodist 74-69 Saturday.

Rucker had 21 points and 11 rebounds, including a key layup late. SMU's Nick Russell hit a jumper with 1:48 remaining to pull the Mustangs within 68-67, but Rucker answered with a layup, then he and Jordan Swing combined for four free throws to lock up the win.

The Blazers (15-14, 7-7 Conference USA) trailed 63-61 with 5:48 left when Fahro Alihodzic's layup sparked a 6-0 run for a 67-63 edge.

Ryan Manuel led the Mustangs (14-15, 4-10) with 15 points.

UAB had held opponents under 40 percent shooting in five of its past six halves, but SMU shot 57.7 percent (30 of 52). The Mustangs made just 2 of 9 3-pointers, though, and were dominated 35-25 on rebounds -- the Blazers have edged six straight opponents on the glass.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
UAB
Points 69 74
FG Made-Attempted 30-52 (.577) 24-55 (.436)
3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 5-18 (.278)
FT Made-Attempted 7-9 (.778) 21-28 (.750)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 5

2012-13 Season

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