Steve Mitchell scored 16 of his game-high 22 points in the first half and Alabama-Birmingham retook the Sun Belt Conference lead with a 71-58 triumph over Old Dominion last night in Norfolk in a game marred by a fight between UAB players and Old Dominion fans.

The skirmish began with 10:08 remaining, when fans sitting on the floor behind the UAB bench -- apparently riled by a series of calls against the cold-shooting Monarchs -- began throwing ice and paper at the Blazers (20-5, 8-2).

The players and fans began shoving and fighting, forcing officials to stop the game and send both teams to the dressing room.

Old Dominion Coach Tom Young and Athletic Director Will Jarrett told fans over the public address system that the Monarchs would have to forfeit if order were not restored. No injuries or arrests were reported. Virginia Tech 71, Richmond 67

Senior Dell Curry scored four of his game-high 28 points in the final 27 seconds, leading No. 16 Virginia Tech over No. 20 Richmond. The Hokies improved to 17-4; the Spiders fell to 16-3.

Richmond closed to 65-63 on a basket by Peter Woolfolk with 1:02 to play. Curry took a feed from Bobby Beecher and hit a layup with 27 seconds left for a 67-63 lead. Curry then added two free throws. Iowa 79, Indiana 69

Sophomore guard Jeff Moe, getting his eighth start of the season, scored a career-high 24 points as Iowa upset No. 15 Indiana in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa, 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten Conference, led throughout, amassing second-half leads of 22 points several times before a late run by Indiana (13-4, 5-3). Michigan 82, Northwestern 45

Antoine Joubert scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half as No. 9 Michigan romped to the Big Ten victory in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The victory improved the Wolverines to 18-2 overall and 6-2 in the conference. Northwestern fell to 7-11 and 1-7. Boston College 76, Seton Hall 65

Dominic Pressley poured in 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Boston College over its Big East opponent in Newton, Mass.

The win boosted BC's record to 12-8 overall and 3-6 in the conference. Seton Hall dropped to 10-11 overall and 0-7 in the conference. Bradley 63, W. Texas St. 54

Hersey Hawkins scored 22 points and Jim Les added 20 as 13th-ranked Bradley (21-1, 8-0) defeated West Texas State (8-10, 2-6) in a Missouri Valley Conference game in Amarillo, Texas. Nevada-Las Vegas 62, San Jose State 55

Junior guard Freddie Banks scored 21 points to lead the 10th-ranked Runnin' Rebels (20-2, 9-0) to a Pacific Coast Athletic Association road victory. It was UNLV's 10th straight win.