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UAB jumps out early, cruises past Florida Atlantic 67-50

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Jeremiah Bell had 14 points to lead four in double-figure scoring as UAB beat Florida Atlantic 67-50 on Thursday night in a Conference USA opener.

Bell made four 3-pointers and finished 5-of-7 shooting from the floor. Makhtar Gueye added 12 points, Zack Bryant had 11 and Lewis Sullivan 10 for the Blazers (9-5, 1-0). UAB never trailed, built a 32-26 halftime advantage and had a double-digit lead for most of the second half.

Anthony Adger scored 18 points to lead FAU (9-5, 0-1).

The Blazers have won three of their last five games that include a 74-73 home loss to Troy, and a 75-71 overtime defeat to then-No. 8 Auburn on Dec. 15.

FAU beat Illinois 73-71 on the road in overtime on Dec. 29, but hasn't won consecutive games since a four-game win streak was snapped Dec. 1.

Updated January 3, 2019

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