UAB edges SMU 53-52 in opening round of C-USA tournament

Jordan Swing (No. 44) scored 17 points in UAB's 53-52 win over Southern Methodist Wednesday night. (

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Jordan Swing scored 17 points, including a layup with 9 seconds to play, and UAB beat SMU 53-52 in the opener of the Conference USA tournament on Wednesday.

Swing had a team-high nine rebounds and was 7 of 13 from the field for the game. Rod Rucker had 11 points.

UAB was up 32-23 at halftime and led until Brian Bernardi hit two free throws to put the Mustangs up 52-51 with 29 seconds remaining. Swing's layup put the Blazers (16-16) back on top. No. 10 seed SMU missed a jumper with a second to play.

Jalen Jones led SMU (15-17) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Cannen Cunningham had 11 points.

No. 7 seed UAB will play No. 2 seed Southern Mississippi on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Head coach Larry Brown, who is the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA title, ends his first season at SMU.

Team Stat Comparison {}SMUUAB Points5253FG Made-Attempted14-49 (.286)17-48 (.354)3P Made-Attempted4-12 (.333)6-17 (.353)FT Made-Attempted20-27 (.741)13-18 (.722) Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)17 (0/0)18 (0/0)Largest Lead111Game Leaders {}SMUUAB PointsJ. Jones 13J. Swing 17ReboundsJ. Jones 10J. Swing 9AssistsC. Cunningham 3T. Jones 4StealsN. Russell 4Q. Taylor 3BlocksJ. Jones 2J. Swing 1