UAB downs SMU 74-69 to win 4th straight game

© Junior Quincy Taylor scored nine points in UAB's win over Southern Methodist on Saturday. (

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Rod Rucker collected his 10th double-double of the season as Alabama-Birmingham won its fourth straight, defeating Southern Methodist 74-69 Saturday.

Rucker had 21 points and 11 rebounds, including a key layup late. SMU's Nick Russell hit a jumper with 1:48 remaining to pull the Mustangs within 68-67, but Rucker answered with a layup, then he and Jordan Swing combined for four free throws to lock up the win.

The Blazers (15-14, 7-7 Conference USA) trailed 63-61 with 5:48 left when Fahro Alihodzic's layup sparked a 6-0 run for a 67-63 edge.

Ryan Manuel led the Mustangs (14-15, 4-10) with 15 points.

UAB had held opponents under 40 percent shooting in five of its past six halves, but SMU shot 57.7 percent (30 of 52). The Mustangs made just 2 of 9 3-pointers, though, and were dominated 35-25 on rebounds -- the Blazers have edged six straight opponents on the glass.

Team Stat Comparison {}SMUUAB Points6974FG Made-Attempted30-52 (.577)24-55 (.436)3P Made-Attempted2-9 (.222)5-18 (.278)FT Made-Attempted7-9 (.778)21-28 (.750) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)21 (0/0)13 (0/0)Largest Lead65Game Leaders {}SMUUAB PointsR. Manuel 15R. Rucker 21ReboundsS. Williams 5R. Rucker 11AssistsC. Cunningham 5R. Rucker 4StealsN. Russell 4J. Swing 1Conference USA Standings TEAMCONF W-LTOTAL W-L #17 Memphis14-025-4 Southern Miss10-321-7 UTEP9-516-12 UCF8-619-10 East Carolina7-616-10 UAB7-715-14 Tulsa7-715-13 Tulane6-818-11 Houston5-916-11 Marshall5-912-17 Southern Methodist4-1014-15 Rice1-135-23