BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Jordan Swing scored 15 points and Alabama-Birmingham's defense held Middle Tennessee, the top shooting team in the nation, in check for a 66-56 win Wednesday night.
The Blazers (2-6) snapped the Blue Raiders' four-game winning streak and their own four-game skid.
Middle Tennessee (8-2), which averaged 53.7 percent from the field, managed only 27.3 percent (6 of 22) in the first half. The Blue Raiders were scoreless for 9:06 during a 14-0 UAB run, with the Blazers shooting 54.5 percent (12 of 22) to lead 32-20 at halftime.
Middle Tennessee, which improved to 51.7 percent in the second half (21 of 51), got within a point, at 37-36 with 14:03 to go. UAB then reeled off a 5-0 run.
Marcos Knight led Middle Tennessee with 16 points.
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
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