BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- — KJ Buffen scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help UAB beat Southern Miss 88-60 on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NIT.
UAB (26-9) moves on to face the winner of the Clemson-Morehead State game.
UAB took the first double-digit lead of the game with 4:04 remaining in the first half following an 18-4 run to make it 37-26. But Southern Miss closed on a 12-4 run to get within 41-38 at the break.
Southern Miss scored the opening six points of the second half for its first lead since 22-21 midway through the first. But Buffen scored six straight points to begin a 14-0 run that put UAB ahead by double figures for good. The Blazers ended the game on a 13-2 run as Southern Miss only made one field goal in the final five minutes.
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