Smu 33 36 69
UAB 27 47 74
Date of game: 3/2/2013

Recap: UAB vs. SMU

Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) - Rod Rucker tallied a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds as the UAB Blazers used a second-half surge to take down the SMU Mustangs, 74-69, in a Conference USA bout at Bartow Arena.

Fahro Alihodzic shot 7-of-11 from the field off the bench on his way to 18 points for UAB (15-14, 7-7 C-USA), which extended its winning streak to a season-long four games. Jordan Swing and Robert Williams each poured in 11 points for the hosts.

For SMU (14-15, 4-10), Ryan Manuel scored 15 points, Nick Russell had 14 points and five assists, Shawn Williams chipped in 13 points, and Cannen Cunningham added 12 points, five assists and five rebounds. The Mustangs have lost three of their last four contests.

After outshooting UAB from the field in the first half, 58.3 percent to 32.1 percent, SMU took a 33-27 advantage into intermission.

SMU continued its hot field goal shooting after the break (.571), but UAB also heated up by making 55.6 percent of its attempts from the floor in the second half. The teams traded several leads in the final 20 minutes, but the Blazers received a pair of free throws from Rucker at the 4:39 mark to take a two- point advantage and they led the rest of the way.

The difference was made at the foul line, where UAB shot 21-of-28. SMU was just 7-of-9 from the stripe.

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