Jan. 25, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) - Cameron Moore scored 21 points to lead UAB to a 56-49 victory over Marshall in a Conference USA game Wednesday night.
"It shows you who we are as a basketball team, we just have to finish games," said UAB head coach Mike Davis. "Marshall is a terrific basketball team, but I thought our guys really fought hard and we came away with a big win."
The Blazers (7-12, 2-4 C-USA) were playing without their second-leading scorer Jordan Swing, who injured his right hand against UCF last Saturday.
A layup by Moore with 11:36 remaining gave the Blazers (7-12, 2-4) a 42-41 lead and started a 14-3 run that enabled them to come away with a split in their season series against the Thundering Herd (13-7, 4-2).
UAB's six conference games have been decided by a total of 24 points.
Both teams struggled to score in the second half. UAB shot 32.1 percent (9 of 28) for the half and Marshall shot 29.6 percent (8 of 27).
DeAndre Kane and Dennis Tinnon scored 12 points each for Marshall, with Kane also getting a season-high seven assists and Robert Goff blocking a season-high four shots.
Each team grabbed 40 rebounds. The Thundering Herd came in with the nation's third-best rebounding margin, plus-10 per game.
The Blazers started the game on fire, making 12 of 24 shots in the opening period to hold a 30-28 lead at the half.
UAB matched its season high with 17 assists in the game, as all nine players registered at least one helper.
Preston Purifoy finished with nine points, while Quincy Taylor added nine points, four assists and three rebounds in the game.
The Blazers will next be in action on Saturday when they host the East Carolina Pirates at 7 p.m. at Bartow Arena.