Lovan scores 19, lifts UAB over UTSA 76-68

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SAN ANTONIO (AP)Tavin Lovan had 19 points and six rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham topped Texas-San Antonio 76-68 on Thursday night.

Lovan made just 6 of 17 shots from the floor for the Blazers (13-9, 4-5 Conference USA), but he hit 7 of 8 free throws. Will Butler added a career-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Antonio Ralat added 11 points off the bench on 5-of-6 shooting with five rebounds.

Keaton Wallace led the Roadrunners (10-12, 4-5) with 26 points on 10-of-20 shooting, including 4 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc. Jhivvan Jackson, who came into the game second in the nation with a 26.3 scoring average, added 20 points.

UAB shot 48% overall but just 20% from distance (3 of 10). The Blazers hit 17 of 21 free throws (81%). UTSA shot 42% overall, 36% from distance (10 of 28) and made 8 of 13 foul shots.

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