UAB 76, Middle Tennessee 71

Jamarr Sanders scored 19 points and Cameron Moore had 15 points

and 10 rebounds to help Alabama-Birmingham hold off Middle

Tennessee 76-71 on Wednesday night.

Dexter Fields added 15 points for the Blazers (2-0) and Aaron

Johnson dished out 10 assists to go along with nine points.

UAB, which took a 65-64 home victory last year over the Blue

Raiders, hit 10 of 25 3-pointers and led by 16 with 9:53 to go.

The Blue Raiders (1-1) closed to 74-71 on three straight free

throws by James Washington with 8 seconds to go, but Aaron Johnson

answered with two foul shots 3 seconds later. James Gallman missed

a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Middle Tennessee, coming off a 90-46 win over Tennessee Temple,

shot only 36.7 percent from the field (22 of 60), making just 3 of

17 from long range.

Jason Jones led the Blue Raiders with 14 points and Washington

and Kyle Hunt had 12 apiece.