BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- C.J. Washington scored a game-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds, leading three teammates into double-doubles as UAB staved off Rutgers 79-76 on Monday night.
Rucker added 15 points and 12 boards for the Blazers. Alihodzic added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Chad Frazier contributed 14 points. UAB outrebounded Rutgers 54-27.
Myles Mack and J.J. Moore scored 12 points apiece for the Scarlet Knights -- Mack with nine assists. Mack hit a 3-pointer to get Rutgers (1-1) ahead early, and the Knights led 37-31 at the half. UAB clawed back into a tie at 56-56 on an Alihodzic jumper with 10:40 to play, and the game was tight until his jumper broke the tie at 69.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
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