Men's Basketball Edged By UAB In OT, 84-82
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jeffrey Collins hit a 3-pointer and two free throws in the final 26 seconds of overtime to lead UAB past TCU 84-82 Wednesday night.
The game was tied at 79 in the final minute of overtime when UAB forced a tie-up in the backcourt and received the ball on the alternate possession. UAB worked the ball to Collins for a 3-pointer from the right wing with 25.8 seconds left.
TCU's Corey Santee missed a 3-pointer, and Collins was fouled on the rebound with 6.1 seconds left. He made both free throws to give UAB an 84-79 lead. Santee hit a late 3-pointer for the final margin.
UAB (12-5, 4-2 Conference USA) hit only 2 of 23 3-point attempts, while TCU (7-11, 1-5) was 12-for-18 on 3-pointers. But UAB forced 25 TCU turnovers, 18 of them in the second half.
Gabe Kennedy scored 23 points and Demario Eddins had 22, both career highs, to lead UAB. Morris Finley added 12 points and Collins had 11 for the Blazers.
TCU led 38-33 at halftime and built the margin to nine points early in the second half. But UAB used an 11-1 run to get back into the game, with Finley scoring five points in that stretch.
UAB had a 73-71 lead going into the final minute, but a dunk by Merriex tied
it and sent the game into overtime.