Dec. 29, 2007
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Robert Vaden scored 27 points and Lawrence Kinnard added 19 to lead UAB to a 73-57 victory over Old Dominion on Saturday.
Darius James led Old Dominion with 12 points, while Gerald Lee and Brian Henderson had 11 points each.
Kinnard grabbed 14 rebounds to lead UAB to a 45-42 edge on the boards. It marked his second career double-double and first this season. Ben Finney had 10 rebounds for Old Dominion.
UAB (9-5) jumped to a 20-2 lead as Vaden hit three early 3-pointers. Old Dominion (6-7) went scoreless for more than nine minutes in the first half.
UAB's biggest lead was at 27-4, and the Blazers led 40-19 at halftime.
Old Dominion shot 27.6 percent from the field in the first half.
The Monarchs warmed up in the second half and twice cut the margin to 12 points. The first time came at 45-33, but Vaden hit two 3-pointers to spark a 9-0 UAB run. The second time came at 59-47 with 6:10 to play.
But Kinnard scored six points down the stretch to help keep UAB in front. The Blazers also connected on 19-of-25 shots from the charity stripe (76.0 percent).
UAB will begin preparations for its final non-conference game of the campaign, when the Blazers meet in-state foe Alabama State on Wednesday. Tip time is set for 7 p.m. at Bartow Arena.