SMU 60, UAB 56

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Bamba Fall scored 16 points and Brian Epps added 14 to lead SMU to a 60-56 victory over UAB Wednesday night.

Ike Ofoegbu scored 10 points and hit a 3-pointer to spark a 16-2 second half run that proved decisive for SMU. The Mustangs (13-8, 2-5 CUSA) trailed 27-26 at halftime.

Wen Mukubu scored 14 points to lead UAB (11-10, 3-4). Lawrence Kinnard added 12 points and Mike Davis Jr. had 10 for the Blazers. UAB lost its second game in a row at home.

A 3-pointer by Mukubu gave UAB a 45-41 lead with just over 11 minutes left in the game. But a basket inside by Donatas Rackauskas and a 3-pointer by Epps started the run that put SMU ahead for good.

Epps’ driving basket gave SMU a 57-47 lead with five minutes left.

UAB had chances down the stretch, pulling to within 59-56 on a reverse layup by Davis Jr. with less than a minute to play. But UAB struggled all night to get good shots against SMU’s zone defense and could not make another basket.

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B. Fall B. Fall
6-12,  16 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists
W. Mukubu W. Mukubu
6-9,  14 Pts
4 Rebs, 3 Assists

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