MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Demario Eddins hit a 3-pointer from the
left corner with .8 seconds left Thursday afternoon, and the UAB
Blazers rallied and defeated DePaul 59-56 in the second round of
the Conference USA tournament.
DePaul could not get off the last shot, and UAB will move to
Friday's game with No. 6 Louisville, the tournament's top seed,
which defeated TCU 85-61 earlier in the afternoon session.
Eddins hit another 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the
Blazers (21-9) their first lead of the game, 56-55, with 1:28
He finished with 11 as did Donell Taylor. Marvett McDonald and
Marques Lewis had 10 each for the fourth-seeded Blazers.
Quemont Greer led No. 5 seed DePaul (19-10) with 17 points and
nine rebounds. Sammy Mejia finished with 15, although he connected
on only five of 13 shots. Drake Diener scored 14.
The pesky UAB defense with its face-up, hand-waving, trapping
approach, annoyed DePaul through much of the early stages, but the
Blue Demons seemed to weather the intensity, holding down their
turnovers and never relinquishing the lead until the final minutes.
When Greer scored inside with 9:41 left, DePaul had rebuilt the
lead to 45-35.
After Eddins' 3-pointer with 1:28 left, Mejia hit one of two
free throws to tie the game at 56 with 1:17 remaining. But Drake
Diener was called for walking with 28.5 seconds left, setting the
stage for Eddins' final bucket.
DePaul jumped to a double-digit lead in the first half thanks to
poor shooting from the Blazers, who missed nine of their first 11
shots. Mejia's 10-footer gave the Blue Demons a 24-13 lead with
just under four minutes left.
But UAB hit three of its final four shots in the half as part of
an 11-2 run in the final minutes to cut the DePaul advantage to
26-24 at the break.