Friday, February 20, 2015

Western Kentucky Suffers Disappointing Loss at UAB

UAB 71
Western Kentucky 66

Final from Birmingham, Alabama

Game recap by WKU:

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Nick Norton led four in double figures with 13 points and UAB edged WKU 71-66 on Thursday.

Denzell Watts had 12 points for UAB (14-13, 10-4 Conference USA). Hakeem Baxter scored 10 and Chris Cokley added 10 points and 10 boards.

UAB trailed 38-35 five minutes into the second half, but runs of 10 and nine points stretched the lead to 16 with 5:31 to go.

WKU closed to six with 2:35 after an eight-point spurt, and Aleksej Rostov's 3-pointer made it a three-point game with 35 seconds left.

Norton made a pair from the line to push it back to five, and on the next possession WKU's Chris Harrison-Docks missed a 3-pointer. Cokley and Watts both made free throws to seal it.

The Hilltoppers led by 10 in the first half, but UAB closed on a 9-2 spurt to trail 31-28 at the break.

T.J. Price led WKU (16-9, 9-4) with 22 points.

Updated Conference USA Standings:

TEAM CONF OVERALL
Louisiana Tech 12-2 21-6
UTEP 10-3 18-7
UAB 10-4 14-13
Western Kentucky 9-4 16-9
Old Dominion 8-5 19-6
UT San Antonio 7-6 13-11
Middle Tennessee 7-7 14-13
Florida International 6-7 13-13
North Texas 6-7 12-13
Rice 6-7 9-16
Marshall 5-8 9-17
Charlotte 4-9 11-15
Southern Miss 2-12 7-18
Florida Atlantic 1-12 8-16

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