MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) Dirk Williams scored 19 points and Alabama-Birmingham beat Middle Tennessee 77-67 on Sunday night to move alone atop the Conference USA standings.
UAB (22-5, 12-2) bounced back from an 85-76 loss at Louisiana Tech on Feb. 13 that had snapped a four-game win streak. The Blazers have matched a program record with 12 conference wins.
Giddy Potts and Quavius Copeland had 13 points apiece to lead Middle Tennessee (18-8, 10-4), which has lost five-straight games against the Blazers.
William Lee, a sophomore, chipped in 14 points and blocked two shots to total 137 for his career - tying Cameron Moore for second place in program history.
Lee made a layup and a 3-pointer to break a 28-all tie as the Blazers built a 36-28 halftime lead. Lee added a jumper, Nick Norton sank a 3 and the Blazers led 43-32 early in the second half and had a double-digit lead the rest of the way.