February 21, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) William Lee scored 16 points with 10 rebounds to help UAB handle Marshall 72-54 on Saturday night.

Chris Cokley added 11 points and 13 boards for UAB (15-13, 11-4 Conference USA), which overcame a slow start to pull within one game of conference leader Louisiana Tech.

UAB didn't record a field goal in the first 4:55, but trailed just 7-4 at that point when Hakeem Baxter scored the first bucket of the night for the Blazers. Marshall only made two baskets in the final seven minutes of the half and trailed at intermission 31-22.

Cokley made a layup, then a three-point play to give the Blazers a 14-point lead with 14:16 to go. The lead reached 20 with 5:17 left on a pair of free throws by Lee, who was 7 of 9 from the line.

Justin Edmonds led Marshall (9-18, 5-9) with 11 points.

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