UAB beats No. 19 Owls, ending nation-best 20-game win streak

UAB guard Eric Gaines dunks against West Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college...
UAB guard Eric Gaines dunks against West Virginia during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Morgantown, W.Va., Saturday, Dec. 10, 2022. (AP Photo/Kathleen Batten)(AP)
Published: Feb. 2, 2023 at 10:00 PM EST
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Eric Gaines scored 21 points and UAB ended No. 19 Florida Atlantic’s nation-best 20-game winning streak with an 86-77 victory on Thursday night.

The Owls (21-2, 10-1 Conference USA) hadn't lost since falling 80-67 to Mississippi on Nov. 11 and made their debut in the AP Top 25 2 1/2 weeks ago.

Jordan "Jelly" Walker had 13 points and six assists for UAB (16-7, 7-5) in his return from a foot injury that had sidelined him since Jan. 11.

The Blazers closed the first half on a 14-2 run capped by back-to-back 3-pointers from Walker and Ty Brewer for a 43-30 lead.

Tavin Lovan added 10 points for UAB.

Nick Boyd led Florida Atlantic with 18 points. Johnell Davis added 17 on 5-of-19 shooting. Vladislav Golden had 13 points and seven rebounds, scoring 10 in the first half.

FAU outscored the Blazers 10-2 in the first 3:28 of the second half to get within three points. UAB regained control and twice built 16-point leads. The last one came with 4:55 left following five consecutive points by Walker.

Florida Atlantic made one last push after falling behind 78-62, starting with an 8-0 run. Davis hit a pair of 3s and made two free throws — and Boyd also made a 3 — to cut it to 80-73 with 1:49 left.

The Blazers didn't let the Owls get any closer.

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