Jan. 11, 2014
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - Chad Frazier poured in 28 points and the UAB men's basketball team battled back from a 13-point second-half deficit, but fell to Middle Tennessee, 89-84, Saturday evening.
With the loss, UAB falls to 11-4 overall and 0-1 in Conference USA action. The Blue Raiders, who picked up a win in their inaugural C-USA game, improve to 11-5, 1-0 in league play.
Five Blazers scored in double figures on Saturday, led by Frazier's game-high 28. C.J. Washington added 15 points, while Rod Rucker, Tosin Mehinti and Robert Williams each added 10.
"Chad Frazier is a big time player for us," head coach Jerod Haase said. "I am pleased with his performance, but we have to have other guys step up as we enter conference play."
Once down by 13 in the second half, UAB willed itself back into the game thanks to timely shooting from Frazier and a strong second half from Mehinti and fellow freshman Denzell Watts. Mehinti scored six in the final period, while Watts scored a career-high seven points -- all coming in the final 20 minutes.
In the overtime period, Middle Tennessee took an 84-82 lead when Neiko Hunter hit a 3-pointer and a layup with 2:40 remaining. The Blue Raiders then closed with a 5-2 run to cap off the 89-84 win.
Middle Tennessee led 56-43 with 11:56 to play in the second half, before UAB tied the game at 77 on a pair of Williams' free throws with 35 seconds remaining.
Kerry Hammonds II missed a 3-point shot for Middle Tennessee with three seconds to play to send the game into overtime. He finished with five 3-pointers while scoring 17 points.
In all, Middle Tennessee finished with a 9-of-22 clip (40.9 percent) from behind the arc and forced 22 Blazer turnovers for the game.
UAB now returns home to face UTSA on Thursday at 7 p.m., before hosting UTEP on Saturday at 7 p.m.