DePaul 56

(19-10, 10-6 C-USA)

UAB 59

(21-9, 10-6 C-USA)

    3:30 PM ET, March 10, 2005

    FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee

    1 2 T
    DEP 26 3056
    UAB 24 3559

    Top Performers

    DePaul: Q. Greer 17 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    UAB: D. Eddins 11 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Blazers set date with No. 6 Louisville

    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 remaining.

    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.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 59
    FG Made-Attempted 19-54 (.352) 18-47 (.383)
    3P Made-Attempted 3-12 (.250) 7-16 (.438)
    FT Made-Attempted 15-24 (.625) 16-23 (.696)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 3

    2004-05 Season

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