UAB 29 25 54
Ucf 36 28 64
Date of game: 3/8/2012

Recap: U-C-F vs. U-A-B

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Keith Clanton tallied 14 points as the UCF Knights defeated the UAB Blazers 64-54 in a Conference USA quarterfinal game at FedExForum.

A.J. Rompza and Marcus Jordan scored 12 apiece for fourth-seeded UCF (22-9), who will take on top-seeded and tournament hosts Memphis in the semifinals. Isaiah Sykes chipped in 10 points for the Knight.

For fifth-seeded UAB (15-16), Ovie Soko recorded a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Preston Purifoy added 14 points.

UCF got out to a 36-29 lead after the opening stanza behind an impressive 59.3 percent from the floor.

Though the Knights field goal percentage dipped to 36.8 percent in the second half, they never surrendered their lead.

UAB shot at woeful 29.3 percent from the floor for the game.

Game Notes

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Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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