Nov. 16, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Doug McDermott scored 27 points to lead Creighton past UAB, 70-60, on Wednesday night.
The Bluejays (3-0) trailed 48-44 in the second half before scoring six straight to take the lead on Austin Chatman's layup with 8:15 to play.
The Blazers (0-1) tied it on Jekore Tyler's jumper with 5:55 left, but they wouldn't lead the rest of the way.
Creighton answered with a 14-3 run capped by Antoine Young's jumper with 2:29 left for a 64-53 lead.
Tyler and Jordan Swing led UAB with 14 points apiece, while Ovie Soko added 10 points
Conference USA Preseason Player of the Year Cameron Moore also had a strong game, finishing with a game-high 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots to go along with seven points on the night.
Moore, who set his career-high with four blocked shots in the first half alone, ended the night with the most blocks in a game since Soko swatted five vs. South Alabama (Nov. 23, 2010).
In addition to its late run, Creighton used a 22-4 spurt through the end of the first half into the second stanza, spanning 13:00 minutes, to build its lead to 37-25 with 18:24 left in the game.
However, UAB responded with a 15-4 run of its own over a five-minute span to take a four-point lead with just over 10 minutes remaining.
The Blazer defeat snapped a couple of long streaks.
The last time UAB dropped a non-league regular-season game on its home floor was on Nov. 29, 2005 when UAB fell to Western Kentucky, 92-76 - 38 games ago. UAB also lost to North Carolina in the 2009 NIT quarterfinals on March 23, 2010. In all, head coach Mike Davis falls to 33-2 in non-conference home games in his six seasons at UAB.
Additionally, Wednesday night's loss was the first home-opening defeat since falling to Richmond, 60-59, to begin the 2001-02 campaign.
McDermott was 11 of 18 from the field as the Bluejays made 27 of 63 from the field (42.9 percent). Creighton outrebounded the Blazers 41-35, led by Gregory Echenique's 10 boards.
The Blazers will return to action on Sunday, when they host the Murray State Racers. The contest will tip off at 3 p.m. CT at Bartow Arena.