BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Chad Frazier scored 19 points as crisp-shooting Alabama-Birmingham used a big first half to knock off Georgia Southern Sunday night, 84-62.
The Blazers (8-2) built a 20-point lead at intermission, taking a 41-21 lead.
Brian Holmes drilled a 3-pointer to give the Eagles (5-6) a 21-15 lead with 7:45 left to play in the first half but did not score again until Marvin Baynham converted a layup 1:37 into the second half. By then, UAB held a 20-point lead, 43-23.
Curtis Diamond's 13 points off the Georgia Southern bench led the Eagles, who struggled shooting from the field, connecting on just 22 of 68 attempts (32.4 percent).
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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