BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- C.J. Washington scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham never trailed in defeating Troy 81-69 Thursday night.
Washington was 11 of 14 from the floor, including three 3-pointers. Washington has been the game-high scorer in each UAB game this season.
Fahro Alihodzic had a game-high 10 boards while leading the Blazers (3-0) to 53 rebounds, the third straight game the team has had more than 50 boards.
UAB stretched the lead by as much as 17 points in the second half. Troy (1-2) was able to pull within six points, but that was with 19:06 remaining.
UAB is one win away from 700 all-time in school history.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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