TULSA, Okla. -- Rod Rucker scored 17 points, grabbed seven rebounds and UAB nearly blew a 24-point first half lead but held on to beat Tulsa 70-63 on Wednesday night.
The Blazers (10-13, 2-6 C-USA) took a 37-13 lead after Rucker hit a jumper with 4:45 remaining in the first half but Tulsa responded with an 18-6 run to end the half and eventually cut UAB's lead to four in the second half when Pat Swilling Jr. hit a lay-up to make it 56-52 with 9:04.
UAB regained a 10-point lead with a 6-0 run capped off by a Quincy Taylor lay-in, making it 62-52 with 2:57 to go and the Blazers held on from there.
Taylor ended his night with 14 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Rashad Ray scored 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting including a perfect 5 for 5 from the free-throw line and had five steals to lead Tulsa (12-11, 4-5).
Ted Kapita was the top-rated recruit from West Virginia in the class of 2015 and recently played at DME Academy in Florida.
With the Suns drafting Tyler Ulis, they now have five guards on their roster who attended Kentucky.
NBA fans will be looking forward to their newest players making plays like this next season.
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