Western Kentucky forward George Fant (44) shoots while guarded by UAB Blazers forward Chris Cokley, left, and guard Tyler Madison during WKU's 53-52 loss to UAB in the NCAA basketball quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament on Thursday, March, 12,
Daily News, Austin Anthony
March 12, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Nick Norton scored 11, and Robert Brown's jumper with 19 seconds left proved to be the game winner as fourth-seeded UAB beat No. 5 seed Western Kentucky 53-52 in the quarterfinals of the Conference USA tournament on Thursday night.

Brown finished with nine points for UAB (17-15), which will face top-seeded Louisiana Tech in the semifinals on Friday.

George Fant scored five during a 10-3 run which gave Western Kentucky (20-12) a 50-46 lead with two minutes left.

Brown made a pair of free throws to pull the Blazers within two, but Western Kentucky's Ben Lawson answered with a layup and the Hilltoppers led by four with 1:15 to play.

A 3-pointer by Norton pulled UAB within one and, after a Western Kentucky turnover, Brown's jumper made it 53-52.

Fant led Western Kentucky with 18 points. Chris Harrison-Docks missed a potential winning 3 at the buzzer.

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