UAB 81, Alabama A&M 68

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Gabe Kennedy scored 15 points, including eight during a second-half spurt that pushed UAB past Alabama A&M 81-68 on Saturday night.

Reserve guard Derrick Broom scored a career-high 12 points and Demario Eddins, Donell Taylor and Marques Lewis had 10 apiece for UAB (5-2).

Terry Horton scored 15 points on 6-of-16 shooting for Alabama A&M (2-5), while Obie Trotter was 6-of-16 for 13 points. Rickey Ricketts had 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting for the Bulldogs, who hit 35 percent as a team.

UAB played for the second game in a row without leading scorer Mo Finley, who is out with a shoulder injury.

The Blazers did not appear to miss him early, jumping to a 19-2 lead. But Alabama A&M switched to a zone defense, and UAB began to struggle with its outside shooting. The Blazers led 37-26 at halftime despite hitting only 1 of 14 3-pointers in the first period.

The Blazers’ cold shooting continued as they missed their first four 3-point attempts in the second half. That helped A&M close to within 39-32.

But Kennedy scored eight straight points to spark a 12-2 run that put UAB in control for good. UAB went on to build a 25-point lead, with Broom scoring nine points to put the game away.

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