BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Elijah Millsap had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham defeated East Carolina 76-68 in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Wednesday night.
Millsap went 13-for-15 from the free throw line -- including 8-for-10 in the final 10 minutes -- and was 6-for-16 from the floor to lead the Blazers (13-2) to their 12th win in 13 games. Jamarr Sanders had 16 points, with four 3-pointers, and Aaron Johnson scored 15.
After the Blazers used a 16-4 run to lead 36-33 at halfime, East Carolina (6-9) scored the first six points of the second half. UAB then went on a 19-2 run for a 55-41 margin with 11:03 left.
UAB was 30-for-39 from the foul line. With the Pirates' big men in foul trouble, the Blazers outrebounded East Carolina 39-23.
Brock Young had 17 points and seven assists for the Pirates and needs seven assists to become the school's all-time leader.