Blazers Edge Knights, 74-69

UABSPORTS.COM Aaron Johnson, center, passes the ball.
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Aaron Johnson, center, passes the ball.
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Jan. 29, 2011

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Dexter Fields scored 19 points, Jamarr Sanders had 18 and UAB rallied in the final minutes to defeat UCF 74-69 on Saturday night.

With the win, Mike Davis recorded his 100th win as UAB's head coach.

"That was a terrific win for us," Davis said. "Not only did we win on the road against a very talented UCF team, but we had several players step up and hit some big shots. I thought we did well defensively, especially down the strech in the final five minutes of the game."

Aaron Johnson added 11 points and 11 assists for the Blazers (15-5, 5-2 Conference USA), marking his second double-double this season and the third of his career. Furthermore, it was the seventh time this season Johnson has reached double-figure assists

UCF (14-6, 1-6) lost its sixth straight game after starting the season with 14 consecutive wins. Tom Herzog led the Knights with 20 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Jordan had 15 points and Keith Clanton added 13.

UAB rallied from a 64-59 deficit in the final five minutes, taking a 68-67 lead on a 3-pointer by Fields with 1:33 left in the game. Sanders followed with another 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to make it 71-67 and then hit two free throws 20 seconds later to put the game out of reach.

Ovie Soko finished with 13 points and six rebounds for UAB.

With the win, coupled with losses my league-leaders Memphis at UTEP, the Blazers pulled into a three-way tie for first place in C-USA heading into Wedndesday night's showdown at Bartow Arena against league rival Southern Miss (7 p.m. CT).

"We're right where we want to be," Davis said. "We're sitting here in (first place), our RPI is 46, we have a home game coming up against one of the best teams in our league (Southern Miss). We control our own destiny. We just got to lock in on defense and play well on the defensive end."