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Rucker leads UAB to 75-61 win over Marshall

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Rod Rucker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in UAB's win over Marshall on Saturday. (abc3340.com) Rod Rucker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in UAB's win over Marshall on Saturday. (abc3340.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Rod Rucker had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 75-61 victory over Marshall in a Conference USA game on Saturday afternoon.

Preston Purifoy scored 15 points, Jordan Swing had 13, Robert Williams 12, and Fahro Alihodzic contributed eight points and nine rebounds for Blazers (11-13, 3-6), who have won three of the past four after a six-game losing streak.

UAB outrebounded Marshall 37-29. Marshall averaged 39 boards coming in.

DeAndre Kane had 23 points, Elijah Pittman scored 15 and Nigel Spikes grabbed 10 rebounds with six points for the Thundering Herd (10-14, 3-6), who have lost five of six.

Leading 19-17 with 9:16 remaining in the first half, UAB scored 13 of the next 15 points, capped by Robert Williams' 3-pointer, for a 32-19 advantage at 2:26. UAB led 38-25 at the break, and Marshall never got closer than 10 points in the second half.

Team Stat Comparison

 
MRSH
UAB
Points 61 75
FG Made-Attempted 22-49 (.449) 27-56 (.482)
3P Made-Attempted 3-14 (.214) 9-16 (.563)
FT Made-Attempted 14-24 (.583) 12-19 (.632)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (2/0) 18 (1/0)
Largest Lead 2 22
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