BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- C.J. Washington scored a game-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds, leading three teammates into double-doubles as UAB staved off Rutgers 79-76 on Monday night.
Fahro Alihodzic snapped a 69-69 tie with 2:50 to play, and UAB (1-1) sealed the win making 4 of 6 free throws in the final 35 seconds -- three by Rod Rucker.Rucker added 15 points and 12 boards for the Blazers. Alihodzic added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chad Frazier contributed 14 points. UAB outrebounded Rutgers 54-27.Myles Mack and J.J. Moore scored 12 points apiece for the Scarlet Knights -- Mack with nine assists. Mack hit a 3-pointer to get Rutgers (1-1) ahead early, and the Knights led 37-31 at the half. UAB clawed back into a tie at 56-56 on an Alihodzic jumper with 10:40 to play, and the game was tight until his jumper broke the tie at 69.