Rucker leads UAB to 75-61 win over Marshall

Rod Rucker scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in UAB's win over Marshall on Saturday. (

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.

Team Stat Comparison{}MRSHUABPoints6175FG Made-Attempted22-49 (.449)27-56 (.482)3P Made-Attempted3-14 (.214)9-16 (.563)FT Made-Attempted14-24 (.583)12-19 (.632)Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)16 (2/0)18 (1/0)Largest Lead222Game Leaders{}MRSHUABPointsD. Kane 23R. Rucker 18ReboundsN. Spikes 10R. Rucker 10AssistsT. Manning 5R. Rucker 6StealsD. Kane 3T. Jones 3