Aaron Johnson added 11 points and 11 assists for the Blazers (15-5, 5-2 Conference USA).
UCF (14-6, 1-6) lost its sixth straight game after starting the season with 14 consecutive wins. Tom Herzog led the Knights with 20 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Jordan had 15 points and Keith Clanton added 13.
UAB rallied from a 64-59 deficit in the final five minutes, taking a 68-67 lead on a 3-pointer by Fields with 1:33 left in the game. Sanders followed with another 3-pointer with 40 seconds left to make it 71-67 and then hit two free throws 20 seconds later to put the game out of reach.
Ovie Soko finished with 13 points and six rebounds for UAB.
Leaving early for the NBA is a risky decision. Some players -- Skal Labissiere, Dejounte Murray -- slid in the draft. Some -- Isaiah Taylor, Troy Williams -- weren't drafted at all.
College basketball coaches across the country will hit the recruiting trail hard in July to target the Class of 2017's top prospects. Which players are the nation's top programs targeting?
The Tar Heels could lose Justin Jackson and Kennedy Meeks after next season. Coach Roy Williams has nearly every top-10 2017 prospect on his board.
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