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March 2, 2006
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McDonald's jumper gave the Blazers a five-point lead with 2:47 to go, and UAB made six consecutive free throws in the final 33 seconds to snap the Tigers' 15-game winning streak.
UAB fans poured onto the court to celebrate a win that certainly bolstered the team's NCAA tournament hopes, and Wen Mukubu jumped on the scorer's table pumping his fists.
Memphis (26-3, 12-1) already has clinched the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA tournament, but could have secured the regular-season title outright with a win - and kept alive its chances for a perfect league record.
The league's highest-scoring team went into a horrible drought late in the game, going 8:05 without a point before Shawne Williams' 3-pointer with 40 seconds left cut the deficit to 74-71. The Tigers missed six straight shots and had six turnovers during that stretch of offensive futility.
Memphis rediscovered its shooting touch too late.
Williams and Antonio Anderson both hit 3-pointers in the final minute but UAB (21-5, 11-2) iced it at the line.
Delaney hit two free throws with 33 seconds left and Squeaky Johnson forced Williams into a turnover at the other end.
Coming off a career-high 39 points against SMU, McDonald then hit four in a row to put the game away.
Frank Holmes had 15 points, Mukubu 12 and Delaney 10 for the Blazers.
The Tigers held a 68-67 lead for more than 4 minutes late in the game, as both teams traded missed shots and turnovers.
Then the Blazers scored six consecutive points to take a 73-68 lead on McDonald's basket with 2:47 left, and held on.
The Tigers led by as many as 10 points in the first half before the Blazers closed on a 23-7 run for a 46-40 lead.For more coverage of the UAB Blazers, check out BlazerSportsReport.com.
For more coverage of the Memphis Tigers, check out TigerSportsReport.com.