Washington's Tim "Bama" Hillie kept his accelerated career alive with a unanimous decision over journeyman Dean Moore in an eight-round super middleweight bout last night at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Rockville.

Hillie, 27, who upped his record to 10-0-1, was fighting at the heaviest weight of his career, 176.

"The super middleweight division is wide open right now," said promoter Don Elbaum. "If {Hillie} wins, he's on his way."

Hillie, a slick counterpuncher, set the tone for the fight in the first round as the well-traveled Moore (9-15-2) chased him along the ropes.

Hillie played possum and effectively blocked Moore's punches, only to explode with scoring combinations to Moore's head and body.

"This guy was coming on strong and I felt I needed to counterpunch to slow him down," said Hillie. "And I'm a great counterpuncher. I took what he gave me, although he didn't give me much."

That may have been because of Moore's conditioning. The graying, pudgy 30-year-old slowed early in the fifth round, allowing Hillie to become the aggressor. Hillie rocked Moore midway through the round with straight lefts and rights, but the North Carolina native refused to go down.

In the preliminary bouts: Super middleweight Eric Elliot of Hyattsville, in his pro debut, beat Jeff Schmude of Erie, Pa., on a technical knockout in the first round; junior middleweight Alphonzo Dyer of Washington picked up his first pro victory with a split decision over fellow Washingtonian William Tibbs; two Rockville fighters won unanimous decisions as junior middleweight Les Johnson defeated journeyman Calvin Moody of Portsmouth, Va., and Wilfredo Dela Cruz beat Kato Wilson of the Bronx, N.Y.