Finley's 28 leads Blazers; DePaul next


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Morris Finley scored 28 points to lead
Alabama-Birmingham to a 77-66 win over Charlotte in the Conference
USA tournament quarterfinals Thursday.

Sidney Ball added 13 points, and Ronell Taylor had 11 for the
Blazers (20-8) in a game between two of the five teams that shared
the regular-season championship.

UAB's opponent in the semifinals Friday will be top-seeded
DePaul, which advanced by beating Texas Christian 89-65.

Brendan Plavich led Charlotte (21-8) with 21 points, all on
3-point shots. Curtis Withers scored 15 points, Demon Brown added
11 and Butter Johnson had 10 for the 49ers.

Finley opened the second half with two consecutive 3-pointers
that wiped out a 37-35 halftime deficit and sparked a 16-2 run that
gave UAB a 51-39 lead with 13:56 remaining. Charlotte could get no
closer than six points after that.