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.