UAB holds off Troy 73-68

Published 9:30 am Sunday, December 21, 2008

BIRMINGHAM — Robert Vaden scored 24 points to lead Alabama-Birmingham to a 73-68 win against Troy on Saturday.

The Blazers (7-3) also got 20 points from Paul Delaney III and 13 from Channing Toney, who also grabbed eight rebounds.

Brandon Hazzard scored 27 points to lead Troy (4-7).

The victory gave UAB a sweep of the non-conference series between the Alabama rivals, as the Blazers won at Troy 87-66 in the season opener for both teams.

UAB led 34-27 at halftime and built its margin to 16 points early in the second half. But Troy chipped away as Hazzard warmed up from beyond the arc.

The Trojans pulled to within three points four times in the final 10 minutes. But each time, Vaden responded with a clutch three pointer of his own.

Delaney scored on a dunk and a follow shot, and Toney hit a pair of free throws to help UAB hang on down the stretch.

Vaden finished with six 3-pointers, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Hazzard also made six 3-pointers and had 19 points in the second half. Tom Jervis, a 7-foot center, had nine rebounds for Troy, while point guard Michael Vogler had five assists.