UAB almost pulls off upset, loses to Middle Tennessee 66-64

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Reggie Upshaw made three 3-pointers and scored 19 points, JaCorey Williams added 15 points and Middle Tennessee claimed its first Conference USA title with a 66-64 victory over UAB on Sunday.
Hakeem Baxter missed two free throws for UAB with 2:05 left and at the other end, Upshaw tied it at 64-all on an open 3-pointer from the wing.
After UAB was off on a corner 3-pointer, Middle Tennessee didn't take a timeout and Williams hit a mid-range jumper with 4.4 seconds left. UAB had a good look from beyond the arc at the buzzer but Dirk Williams's shot bounced off the rim.
Xavier Habersham scored nine points -- all on 3-pointers -- for Middle Tennessee (25-4, 15-1), which joined the conference in the 2013-14 season. Upshaw, a senior, also had six rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Chris Cokley made all 10 of his free throws and scored 22 points for UAB (15-14, 8-8). William Lee added 17 points.