NCAA Game Summary - Texas-El Paso at UAB
(Wednesday, January 30)
Final Score: UAB 78, Texas-El Paso 72 (OT)
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - The UAB Blazers earned their first win in Conference USA play this season as they downed the Texas-El Paso Miners, 78-72, in overtime thanks to a 24 point performance from Jordan Swing at the Bartow Arena.
Coming off the bench, Swing was 8-of-16 from the field and recorded six assists for the Blazers (9-12, 1-5 C-USA), who happily saw their six-game losing streak come to a close. Rod Rucker nearly had a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds to go with two blocks and two steals. Fahro Alihodzic had 12 points and eight rebounds while Robert Williams added 11 points and two steals.
For UTEP (11-8, 4-2), McKenzie Moore led the way with 18 points off 3-of-4 shooting from long-range while the Miners brief two-game winning streak ended. Konner Tucker scored 16 points and Julian Washburn added 12. John Bohannon gathered 10 boards and was the games top rebounder.
The Blazers shot just 33.3 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 28-24 at the break.
In the second half, UAB shot 55.2 percent from the field and were able to make four more field goals than the Miners who also shot efficiently at 57.1 percent. Swing made a layup to tie the game with five seconds left in regulation and Jacques Streeter's go-ahead attempt at the buzzer was no good, which sent the contest into overtime.
UAB led throughout the entire overtime period, going 4-of-5 from the field and making 6-of-8 free-throw attempts to secure the long overdue win.
UTEP turned the ball over 21 times which led to 25 points for the opportunistic Blazers.
01/30 23:17:18 ET