UAB beats George Washington 81-74 in CBE Classic consolation

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Chris Cokley and William Lee scored 19 points apiece, Dirk Williams added 15 and Alabama-Birmingham beat George Washington 81-74 on Tuesday night in the third-place game of the CBE Classic.

Cokley helped the Blazers (3-2) race out to a 15-point first-half lead, then Lee came alive when the Colonials (3-2) tied it 60-all late in the game. The junior forward hit a pair of 3s and scored nine points during a 12-2 run that gave UAB a 72-62 lead with just over two minutes to go.

George Washington couldn't make enough stops down the stretch to make another run.

Tyler Cavanaugh had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Colonials. Yuta Watanabe added 18 points and Jaren Sina finished with 16 in a game plagued by turnovers on both sides.