Feb. 4, 2012
EL PASO, Texas (AP) - Jordan Swing scored 19 points and Preston Purifoy hit a go-ahead jumper with 51 seconds remaining as UAB edged UTEP 61-60 Saturday night.
Swing, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous three games with a hand injury, played 31 minutes off the bench and matched his career high in points, while also adding six boards. He was a big reason why the Blazers owned a 26-2 advantage in bench points.
"Our guys are giving great effort," UAB head coach Mike Davis said. "We played really hard. We finished the game down the stretch, so that's really important.
"It's good to have Jordan Swing back for us, playing the way he's playing," Davis said. "He had a great night for us."
Purifoy's basket put the Blazers (9-13, 4-5 Conference USA) ahead 61-59. He was also fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Gabriel McCulley got the rebound for UTEP and was fouled but made just 1 of 2 free throws. He had tied the game at 59 on a pair of free throws with 1:02 remaining.
A missed jump shot by Swing with 9 seconds left gave the Miners (10-13, 3-6) one more chance, but Michael Perez's 3-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
Cameron Moore added 11 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks. It marked his third-straight double-double and fifth such outing in his last six games. Moore now has a team-leading nine double-doubles on the season and 23 for his career.
Purifoy finished with 12 points for the Blazers, who were 9 for 21 on 3-point attempts.
UTEP got 22 points, eight rebounds and four blocks from John Bohannon, and 16 points from Julian Washburn.
UAB will return home on Wednesday night when it takes on league-leading Southern Miss at Bartow Arena. Tip is set for 7 p.m. CT.