CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Chris Cokley had a double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds, with William Lee and Deion Lavender each adding 11 points as UAB downed Charlotte 76-64 on Thursday night.
Lewis Sullivan scored 10 for the Blazers (15-8, 6-4 Conference USA) as they pulled away in the second half against the 49ers (5-15, 1-7). The win was UAB’s fifth straight against the 49ers.
It started well for Charlotte, who made their first four attempts in a two-minute span to start the game. Midway through the period, the Blazers answered with an 11-0 run to take an eight- point lead. Charlotte slowly fought back before an Andrien White free throw tied it at 40 at halftime.
After the break, things went cold for the 49ers, who missed 10 of their first 11 shots and only managed 22-percent shooting overall in the half. A Cokley jumper put the Blazers up 52-50 with 12:18 left, and they never looked back. With 1:47 left, an emphatic Cokley dunk put the Blazers up by 10 and effectively sealed the win.