HOUSTON - UAB used a big run early and never looked back in taking a 68-55 win against the University of Houston men's basketball team Saturday evening inside Hofheinz Pavilion.
The Cougars jumped out to a 6-4 lead early, but the Blazers used a 23-4 run over the next six minutes to build a lead they would never relinquish. UAB took advantage of some long-range shooting during the rally, connecting on five of their nine 3-pointers in the game during that time.
Houston trimmed that deficit to 38-24 by the halftime break, but the Blazers erupted on a 13-2 run to start the second half to take control of the game. With the loss, the Cougars fell to 12-15 overall and 4-10 in C-USA games. UAB improved to 20-7 overall and 10-4 in C-USA play.
Senior guard Zamal Nixon added 11 points with two rebounds and a team-high five assists. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native also went 4-of-4 from the free throw line and has hit 25 of his last 26 tries from the charity stripe.
UAB guard Jamarr Sanders led all players with 18 points, including a game-high four 3-pointers, while Ovie Soko and Preston Purifoy posted 17 points apiece. Anthony Criswell added 10 rebounds, while Aaron Johnson added 10 assists in the win.
The Cougars head to New Orleans to meet league-rival Tulane at 7 p.m., Wednesday, at Fogelman Arena.
From there, the team closes out the regular season when it plays host to crosstown-rival Rice at 5 p.m., Saturday, in Hofheinz Pavilion. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Cougar women's team, which meets Tulane at 2 p.m., Saturday. Prior to the Rice game, the Cougars will recognize their elder statesmen during Senior Day ceremonies.
Fans can hear all Cougar men's basketball games live on SportsTalk 790 AM KBME with Tom Franklin calling the play-by-play action and Cougar legend Elvin Hayes serving as analyst.
Only one regular-season home game remains on the schedule, and Cougar men's basketball tickets are available now.
Fans have several options when ordering their men's basketball tickets. They can visit the Athletics Ticket Office, located on the first floor of the Athletics/Alumni Center by the UH Fan Shop, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Fans also can call 713-GO-COOGS (462-6647) or click the Tickets tab at UHCougars.com to buy tickets today.
* With two 3-pointers, the Cougars played their 301st consecutive game with at least one trey.
* Senior guard Cory Tellis scored two points in 13 minutes and set career highs in minutes played and field goal attempts.