CINCINNATI (AP) -- Paul Delaney scored eight points in the final 31 seconds Saturday afternoon, making one tough shot after another while rallying Alabama-Birmingham from a five-point deficit to a 59-57 victory over Cincinnati.
After Marvin Gentry's dunk put Cincinnati (5-2) up 56-51 with only 36.9 seconds left, UAB's top scorer took over.Delaney hit a 3-pointer and a driving bank shot in a crowd of defenders. His three-point play with 7.9 seconds left gave UAB (4-3) the final lead in a second half that went back-and-forth -- four ties, six changes.Frank Holmes swatted Deonta Vaughn's driving shot out of bounds with 2 seconds left to preserve the lead, and Gentry missed a 3-pointer from the left corner at the buzzer.The Blazers won for only the second time in their last 11 games against Cincinnati, a frequent opponent before the Bearcats left Conference USA for the Big East. Delaney, a junior guard who came in averaging 18.8 points per game, finished with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Wen Mukubu added 29 points.Cincinnati helped the Blazers pull it out by missing two free throws in the final 30 seconds -- John Williamson missed the first of a one-and-one -- and failing to get the ball inbounds for a 5-second call. Williamson also fouled Delaney on his decisive three-point play.Cedric McGowan, the Bearcats' only returning starter, had a season-high 17 points. Vaughn added 16.At the outset, the Bearcats held Delaney in check. He didn't even take a shot until he got a fastbreak dunk with 8:30 left in the first half, when UAB led by as many as nine points and Cincinnati shot only 30 percent from the field.Jamual Warren, who had only one basket in the first half, made a driving layup, a pull-up jumper and a 3-pointer during a 9-0 run that put Cincinnati ahead 34-31 early in the second half. UAB missed its first five shots in the half, allowing the Bearcats to turn it into a back-and-forth game.