March 9, 2013
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The UAB men's basketball team fell on the road to No. 25 Memphis, 86-71, on Saturday at the FedexForum to close out the 2012-13 regular season.
The Blazers will await their tournament seed, announced by the Conference USA office on Saturday night. UAB could earn the fifth, sixth or seventh seed in the single-elimination tournament championship, held in Tulsa, Okla., at the BOK Center from March 13-16.
Joe Jackson had 17 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds to pace Memphis (27-4, 16-0 C-USA). Chris Crawford led Memphis scorers with 20 points, hitting 5 of 10 shots beyond the arc, while Geron Johnson had 19 points.
Jordan Swing topped UAB (15-16, 7-9 C-USA) with 19 points and added seven boards and five assists, while Rod Rucker chipped in with 16 points of his own.
Quincy Taylor finished with 12 points going 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
UAB, which trailed by as many as 17 in the first half, opened the second half with a 16-2 run, capped by a Swing 3-pointer to pull within a point, 45-44, with 14:41 left.
But D.J. Stephens converted a 3-point play for Memphis, Jackson connected on a 3-pointer, and the Tigers continued to pull away, eventually building the advantage to 24 with just under three minutes to play.
Both teams shot at least 50 percent in the second half, but struggled with ball handling in the game - UAB committing 19 turnovers, compared to 18 for the Tigers.
Memphis used defense and 3-point shooting to carry a 43-28 lead into the locker room at half time. Johnson had 14 points for Memphis, while Crawford scored 10 points, going 3 of 6 from outside the arc, part of Memphis shooting 55 percent from long range.
Rucker had 10 points at the half to lead the Blazer offense, which shot 36.7 percent from the floor in the opening stanza. UAB finished the game shooting 44.8 percent from the floor overall (30-67).