BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Will Barton had 17 points and eight rebounds as Memphis defeated Alabama-Birmingham 76-73 in overtime on Saturday night.
Antonio Barton added 16 points for the Tigers (15-4, 4-1 Conference USA), who defeated the Blazers for the 10th straight time. Current UAB coach Mike Davis dropped to 0-9 against Memphis.Cameron Moore led UAB with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jamarr Sanders added 15 points for the Blazers, but missed all 10 of his 3-pointers. UAB finished 2 of 23 from 3-point range.Memphis missed 5 of 6 free throws in the final 25 seconds of overtime, keeping UAB alive. The Blazers missed two 3-pointers in the final 6 seconds that could have tied the game.The Tigers held UAB (13-5, 3-2) without a point in overtime until 37 seconds remained.Memphis made only 14 of 27 free throws, but the Tigers shot 52.8 percent from the field (28 of 53).The Tigers led 76-70 with 25.2 seconds left but nearly crumbled. A 3-pointer by Moore cut UAB's deficit to three with 18.8 seconds left, and Memphis missed four straight free throws.But UAB's last two 3-pointers went awry. Robert Williams shot an air ball on a 3-point try with 6 seconds left, and Sanders' final heave drew the front rim at the buzzer.Memphis controlled much of overtime after a frantic finish to regulation. Will Barton was called for traveling with 2.2 seconds left, moments before he banked in a long 3-pointer that was waved off. UAB's desperation 3-pointer missed, forcing overtime.There were four lead changes in the final 2 minutes of regulation. Down by one, UAB's Aaron Johnson drew a charge on Joe Jackson with 22.4 seconds left. Johnson made 1 of 2 free throws with 8.7 seconds left to tie the game.Will Barton drilled a 3-pointer with 55.7 seconds left to put Memphis ahead 68-66. UAB's Anthony Criswell made 1 of 2 free throws to cut the deficit to one, leading to the finish.