BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -Elijah Millsap had 27 points and 15 rebounds, and UAB never trailed for the second consecutive NIT game in beating North Carolina State 72-52 on Saturday.
UAB (25-8), which tied the school record for wins in a season, will host North Carolina on Tuesday in the tournament quarterfinals.
The Blazers made eight of their first 11 shots while jumping out to a 19-5 lead. They extended their advantage to 26-7, as the Wolfpack committed nine turnovers in the first 12 minutes.
UAB led 37-17 at halftime. It was the fewest first-half points scored by NC State (20-16) this season.
Against Coastal Carolina in the opening round, the Blazers went up 8-0 and led the whole way.
Millsap scored 16 points in the first 11 minutes of the second half, helping UAB build a 60-33 cushion.
Dennis Horner had 23 points and eight rebounds for NC State.