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UAB falls on the road to Marshall

The Associated Press Travis Aikens scored 16 points to lead Marshall to a 61-54 win over UAB on Saturday night.

UAB trailed by 14 early in the second half before going on a 12-0 run to close within 38-36 with 14:08 left in the game. But the Blazers never retook the lead.

Mark Dorrisí 3-pointer put Marshall ahead 55-46 with four minutes left. Paul Delaney made two free throws and a layup to cut UABís deficit to 57-53 with 51 seconds left but Marshall sank 4-of-6 free throws in the final minute.

UAB scored the gameís first eight points. Marshall bounced back for a 16-13 lead with nine minutes left in the half. Chris Rossí 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer put Marshall ahead 30-24.

Dorris finished with 12 points and Markel Humphrey had 11 for Marshall (9-13, 4-4 Conference USA). Jean Francois Bro-Grebe had six blocked shots.

Wen Mukubu and Mike Davis Jr. had 11 points apiece for UAB (11-11, 3-5). Mukubu was held scoreless in the second half. Delaney, UABís leading scorer, was held to nine points, more than seven below his average.

Alabama St. 60, Ark.-Pine Bluff 56: In Montgomery, Andrew Hayles scored a game-high 13 points and Dustin Richmond added 10 to lift Alabama State.

Alabama State (6-14, 5-5 Southwestern Athletic Conference) got off to a quick start, but Ark.-Pine Bluff (5-16, 3-7) wasnít far behind in a game that saw 12 tied scores and 10 lead changes.

The Hornets led 28-25 at the half after shooting 39.1 percent from the field. The Golden Lions posted 35.3 percent from the same distance.

Samford 53, E. Illinois 48: At Charleston, Ill., Randall Gulina scored 20 points to lead Samford.

Samford (14-10, 11-4 Ohio Valley) used a 14-6 run over the final 11:09 of the first half to take a 29-17 lead into the locker room. The Bulldogs shot 52.4 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes, to 33.3 percent for Eastern Illinois.

The Panthers (7-17, 3-12 Ohio Valley) trailed throughout the second half and never came closer than four points, and that was with just 7 seconds remaining.

MVSU 65, Alabama A&M 54: Stanford Speech scored a game-high 21 points to lead Mississippi Valley State on the road in Huntsville.

Trant Simpson had 16 points for A&M.

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