Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

February 10, 2013

Struggles continue for Thundering Herd

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Rod Rucker had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 75-61 victory over Marshall in a Conference USA game on Saturday afternoon.

Preston Purifoy scored 15 points, Jordan Swing had 13, Robert Williams 12, and Fahro Alihodzic contributed eight points and nine rebounds for Blazers (11-13, 3-6), who have won three of the past four after a six-game losing streak.

UAB outrebounded Marshall 37-29. Marshall averaged 39 boards coming in.

DeAndre Kane had 23 points, Elijah Pittman scored 15 and Nigel Spikes grabbed 10 rebounds with six points for the Thundering Herd (10-14, 3-6), who have lost five of six.  

Leading 19-17 with 9:16 remaining in the first half, UAB scored 13 of the next 15 points, capped by Robert Williams’ 3-pointer, for a 32-19 advantage at 2:26. UAB led 38-25 at the break, and Marshall never got closer than 10 points in the second half.

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MARSHALL (10-14)

Tinnon 4-10 0-1 9, Spikes 3-3 0-0 6, Scarver 0-7 1-2 1, Pittman 4-8 5-7 15, Kane 9-15 5-10 23, Goff 2-4 0-0 4, Hanner 0-0 0-0 0, Boykins 0-1 2-2 2, Manning 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 22-49 14-24 61.

UAB (11-13)

Williams 4-6 1-2 12, Alihodzic 4-10 0-0 8, Purifoy 5-9 3-4 15, Taylor 1-3 1-2 4, Rucker 7-15 4-6 18, T. Jones 1-5 3-5 5, Swing 5-8 0-0 13. Totals 27-56 12-19 75.

Halftime—UAB 38-25. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 3-14 (Pittman 2-5, Tinnon 1-2, Boykins 0-1, Scarver 0-2, Kane 0-4), UAB 9-16 (Swing 3-4, Williams 3-5, Purifoy 2-4, Taylor 1-2, T. Jones 0-1). Fouled Out—Goff, Tinnon. Rebounds—Marshall 29 (Spikes 10), UAB 37 (Rucker 10). Assists—Marshall 11 (Manning 5), UAB 19 (T. Jones, Rucker 6). Total Fouls—Marshall 16, UAB 18. Technicals—Hanner, Tinnon, Rucker. A—4,328.

 

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