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).
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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