ROSEMONT, ILL. (AP) _ Marty Embry scored 17 points and Rod Strickland added 15 Saturday night to lead DePaul to a 70-61 college basketball upset of 12th-ranked Alabama- Birmingham.

Strickland, a freshman, directed a patient DePaul offense that opened up passing lanes to Embry beneath the basket.

On defense, an aggressive zone denied scoring opportunities to Jerome Mincy, a 225-pound forward, who had 12 points for UAB. James Ponder led UAB with 16.

DePaul took a 33-22 halftime lead as Strickland ran the passing game. Embry opened the second half with three baskets from underneath, and UAB Coach Gene Bartow signalled for a timeout to regroup.

The Blazers came back with six points, but a long jump shot by Strickland quelled the uprising. Seven minutes later, DePaul had moved to its biggest lead at 54-38.

DePaul is now 10-5, while Alabama-Birmingham fell to 16-4.