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UAB Men's Basketball Earns 19th Victory in 64-57 Win Over UTSA

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Quan Jackson scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the 2nd half to lead UAB (19-5, 11-4 C-USA) to a 64-57 victory over UTSA (12-10, 8-7 C-USA) on Friday night. This was only the Roadrunners' second loss at home this season.

Tyreek Scott-Grayson scored 12 points and Michael Ertel added 11 for the Blazers. Kassim Nicholsongrabbed eight rebounds for UAB.

UTSA's Keaton Wallace recorded a double-double with game-highs of 21 points and 13 rebounds.

The Blazers came out of the gates by scoring the first 10 points of the game, the last four on back-to-back dunks from Jackson caused by steals. However, the Roadrunners would respond with an 11-1 run to tie the game at 14:29. The half would be tied six more times, the last coming after a Jacob Germany dunk with 49 seconds remaining. Eric Parrish's free throw send the game into halftime with the Roadrunners ahead 28-27.

Just like the beginning of the game, UAB scored the first 10 points of the 2nd half. Jackson's layup put the Blazers ahead 44-34 with 14:26 to play. But UTSA would battle back to make it a one possession game after Cedrick Alley Jr.'s jumper made the score 48-45 at the 8:05 mark.

That would be as close as the Roadrunners would get, as a clutch 3-pointer from Ertel with 2:31 put UAB ahead by seven points at 2:31.

"Our defense led the way tonight, just like it has all season. When you get extra possessions because of your defensive activity, you are able to survive and that's exactly what we did,"

said head coach Andy Kennedy.

UAB forced 19 UTSA turnovers, resulting in 16 points. Scott-Grayson tied a career-high wtih four steals.

"I'm really proud of our guys. When you go on the road and you have more turnovers than assists and you still find a way to gut out a seven point win against a UTSA team who has only lost one time all season in this building, that's tremendous resolve for our guys."

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