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UAB downs SMU 74-69 to win 4th straight game

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© Junior Quincy Taylor scored nine points in UAB's win over Southern Methodist on Saturday. (abc3340.com) © Junior Quincy Taylor scored nine points in UAB's win over Southern Methodist on Saturday. (abc3340.com)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Rod Rucker collected his 10th double-double of the season as Alabama-Birmingham won its fourth straight, defeating Southern Methodist 74-69 Saturday.

Rucker had 21 points and 11 rebounds, including a key layup late. SMU's Nick Russell hit a jumper with 1:48 remaining to pull the Mustangs within 68-67, but Rucker answered with a layup, then he and Jordan Swing combined for four free throws to lock up the win.

The Blazers (15-14, 7-7 Conference USA) trailed 63-61 with 5:48 left when Fahro Alihodzic's layup sparked a 6-0 run for a 67-63 edge.

Ryan Manuel led the Mustangs (14-15, 4-10) with 15 points.

UAB had held opponents under 40 percent shooting in five of its past six halves, but SMU shot 57.7 percent (30 of 52). The Mustangs made just 2 of 9 3-pointers, though, and were dominated 35-25 on rebounds -- the Blazers have edged six straight opponents on the glass.

Team Stat Comparison

 
SMU
UAB
Points 69 74
FG Made-Attempted 30-52 (.577) 24-55 (.436)
3P Made-Attempted 2-9 (.222) 5-18 (.278)
FT Made-Attempted 7-9 (.778) 21-28 (.750)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
Largest Lead 6 5

Conference USA Standings

TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L
#17 Memphis 14-0 25-4
Southern Miss 10-3 21-7
UTEP 9-5 16-12
UCF 8-6 19-10
East Carolina 7-6 16-10
UAB 7-7 15-14
Tulsa 7-7 15-13
Tulane 6-8 18-11
Houston 5-9 16-11
Marshall 5-9 12-17
Southern Methodist 4-10 14-15
Rice 1-13 5-23
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