UAB 62, Tulsa 57
TULSA, Okla. (AP)—Lawrence Kinnard scored 17 points and keyed a 12-3 second-half run with two 3-pointers and a put-back as Alabama-Birmingham outlasted cold-shooting Tulsa 62-57 on Wednesday night.
The run turned a 38-36 deficit into a 48-41 lead for UAB (14-13, 6-7 Conference USA) with 7:33 left. Tulsa, which shot just 37.9 percent, could not generate enough offense to get back in the basketball game, even though the Blazers provided ample opportunities by making just 9 of 16 free throws in the final two minutes.
Wen Mukubu scored 16 points and Maurice Gibbs added 12 for the Blazers.
The loss by Tulsa (16-10, 6-7) dampened the Golden Hurricane’s flickering hopes for a possible National Invitation Tournament bid.
Darold Crow had 14 points for Tulsa, which is next-to-last in the 12-team league in shooting percentage in conference games at 37.6 percent.
UAB connected on its first six 3-point attempts and 8 of 11 shots overall in jumping out to a 23-13 lead.
The Blazers cooled off and made just three baskets in the final 11:37 of the first half, but still led 31-23 at halftime. The margin would have been greater but for a half-court 3-pointer at the buzzer by Tulsa’s Brett McDade.
Tulsa, which shot 31 percent from the field in the first half, began the second half in more energetic fashion, scoring the first 11 points to take a 34-31 lead.
Calvin Walls gave Tulsa its first lead of the game at 32-31 with a slam dunk and a drive by Mark Hill gave Tulsa its final lead at 38-36.
Kinnard took over from there, making a 3-pointer then a rebound basket to put UAB ahead 41-38. He capped the run with another 3-pointer to make it 48-41.
Jamel McLean had 10 rebounds for Tulsa, which won the rebounding battle 38-32.