Michael Craig scored a team-high 14 points
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB shot 53.3-percent from the field and hit a season-high 11 three-pointers as Southern Miss fell, 84-60, Thursday night.
"UAB deserves all the credit," said Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall. "They were better than us. They were more physical than us. We couldn't do anything with (Chad) Frazier. We just couldn't make them miss."
C.J. Washington hit three straight three-pointers to start the game as UAB (15-9, 4-6 C-USA) led, 9-7 through the first 4:31. Craig and Daveon Boardingham hit layups to give Southern Miss (21-4, 8-2) the lead, but Rod Rucker scored five straight points to make it 14-11 Blazers.
After the teams traded layups, Jeremiah Eason hit a pair of free throws and Craig found Boardingham for a dunk and a 17-16 lead. After two free throws by Rucker, Chip Armelin made a layup for a 19-18 lead with 9:32 to play.
However, a three-pointer by Jordan Swing followed by a layup from Rucker gave UAB a six-point lead. Southern Miss then scored six of the next eight points to cut the deficit to 27-25 with 4:25 to play. But UAB closed the first half on a 14-4 run to lead, 41-29 heading into the break.
The teams traded baskets to start the second half. Craig hit two free throws to pull Southern Miss to within 11 points less than three minutes in. But it would get no closer the rest of the way, as UAB pushed its lead to as many as 24 points.
Southern Miss shot just 36.8-percent (21-of-57) from the floor and 12.5-percent (2-of-16) from three. The Golden Eagles won the battle on the boards, 39-to-37.
C.J. Washington led the Blazers with 21 points. Chad Frazier posted a double-double with 20 points and 10 assists. Rucker had 13 points and seven rebounds and Denzell Watts added 11 points.
Southern Miss concludes its road trip this Saturday, February 15, when it travels to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face Middle Tennessee. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. CT and will be televised on CSS.
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