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New Orleans 72, Ala.-Birmingham 56

December 20, 1987

TOKYO (AP) _ Ledell Eackles scored 30 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the University of New Orleans to a 72-56 victory over the University of Alabama at Birmingham Sunday in the Phenix Ball basketball tournament.

The University of Georgia won the tournament, beating New Orleans 81-77 Friday and UAB 85-66 Saturday. The games here were official NCAA contests, and Georgia thus improved its overall record to 6-2.

New Orleans, with a 1-1 record here, now is 3-3 for the season while UAB lost two games here and fell to 4-5 overall.

Eackles had 14 points as New Orleans outscored UAB 27-7 in the first 15 minutes.

UAB’s Michael Charles trimmed the deficit by hitting two 3-point baskets with less than one minute left in the first half, which ended with New Orleans leading 36-24.

In the second half, New Orleans, mounting a quick attack and a tight defense, stretched its lead to 21 points at 62-41 with 5:56 remaining.

Charles scored his third 3-point basket of the game and teammate Dylan Howard tipped in a shot, narrowing New Orleans’ lead to 10 with 3:25 left. But dunk shots by Eackles and Mike Smith widened the gap again.

Charles was UAB’s high scorer with 12.

Coach Art Tolis of New Orleans said, ″The big difference between us is UAB scored only seven points in their 25 possessions at one point.″

Gene Bartow, coach of UAB, praised New Orleans as ″extremely well-coached, with nice shooting and a strong defense.″

In an exhibition game, Georgia overcame an 11-point halftime deficit and beat the Japan League All-Stars 66-62.

Willie Anderson led the scoring with 21 points and grabbed five rebounds for Georgia.

American Dale Roberts of Isuzu Motor Co. was the Japan League’s top scorer with 23, but fouled out after playing 35 minutes.

Georgia Tech beat Southern Methodist 63-54 and won this tournament in 1986.

Phenix is a leading Japanese manufacturer of sporting goods.

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