- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Robert Brown finished with 13 points and hit a go-ahead jumper with 1:42 left as Alabama-Birmingham defeated Florida Atlantic 66-57 on Thursday night.

Tosin Mehinti scored 13 points and Hakeem Baxter added 10 for the Blazers (6-9, 2-0 Conference USA), who shot 44.4 percent from the field. William Lee contributed seven points with 11 rebounds, leading to a 42-31 advantage on the boards for UAB.

Jackson Trapp had 13 points, Javier Lacunza chipped in 11 and Kelvin Penn totaled 10 with nine rebounds for FAU (7-6, 0-2).

UAB led 52-44 with nine minutes remaining, but the Owls reeled off a 13-4 run to grab the lead on Lacunza’s 3-pointer with 3:23 left. Brown followed with his jumper and Lee dunked on a putback for a 60-57 lead with 55 seconds left.

Baxter sank four late free throws as FAU finished cold, missing its last seven attempts after Lacunza’s 3.

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