Kinnard, Vaden team up to help UAB beat UTEP 81-73
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)—Lawrence Kinnard scored 22 points and Robert Vaden added 17 to lead UAB to an 81-73 victory over the University of Texas at El Paso on Saturday night.
Channing Toney had 12 points and Howard Crawford had 10 as UAB (16-7,6-2 Conference USA) held off a late rally from UTEP (14-8, 5-4).
Stefon Jackson scored 22 points and Randy Culpepper had 20 to lead UTEP. Marvin Kilgore added 10 points for the Miners.
UAB took a 67-57 lead when Vaden hit a 3-pointer with 7:10 left in the game, but UTEP chipped away at the lead, with Jackson scoring 13 points down the stretch.
The Miners pulled to within 73-71 on a free throw by Kilgore with 1:20 left, but Vaden hit four free throws, and Aaron Johnson drove for a clutch layup to help UAB hang on.
UAB jumped to a 17-9 lead early, but Jackson hit two baskets to help UTEP come back.
The Miners grabbed a 31-29 lead with just under three minutes left in the half. But a follow shot and two free throws by Reggie Huffman gave UAB a 35-34 lead at the break.
Huffman finished with nine rebounds to help UAB to a 51-32 advantage on the boards.