December 18, 2013

Blazers Knock Off Chattanooga, 67-52

BARTOW ARENA - Jordan Swing score 17 points to lead UAB to a 67-52 win over Chattanooga Wednesday night at Bartow Arena. For the second straight game, UAB played hit a sluggish spell in the first half before putting the game away.

After an early 10-4 lead, UAB went cold for much of the rest of the half. Chattanooga led 25-20 after a three-point shot by guard Greg Pryor with 7:48 remaining in the half.

Chad Frazier got a fast-break layup with 4:47 remaining to give UAB the lead at 26-25. He followed that with a trey for a 29-25 score that triggered a Chattanooga timeout.

Chattanooga got the next basket, but UAB followed with six more points. The Blazers took a 35-27 halftime lead into the locker room.

UAB also scored the first four points in the second half. The 39-27 UAB lead prompted a second timeout from the Moccasins

Chattanooga scored after the timeout, but UAB followed with their own scores. By the 15:25 media timeout, UAB held a 44-33 lead.

Chattanooga got the momentum after that, cutting the margin to 48-44 with 11:00 remaining in the game. A controversial call against Swing turned the momentum back to UAB.

The Blazers scored eleven of the next thirteen points to hold a 56-46 lead with 6:32 remaining. After that, UAB cruised to a 67-52 win.

Swing's 17 points led UAB, but two other Blazers hit double figures. Frazier scored 15, while Rod Rucker added 14.

Chattanooga was led by Martynas Bareika and Eric Robertson with 11 points each.

The Blazer defense held Chattanooga to a shooting percentage of 30.6 (19-of-62), while hitting at a rate of 45.5 percent (25-of-55) themselves. The defense helped to compensate for 14 turnovers, which only led to nine Chattanooga points. The Moccasins made only eight turnovers, but UAB turned those into 13 points.

UAB continued its dominance on the board, winning the rebound battle by a 46-to-30 margin. Rob Williams, starting in place of an injured C. J. Washington, led in rebounds with 11. Fahro Alihodzic grabbed ten boards.

Washington is out on a day-to-day basis with a minor knew problem.

The win improved UAB's record to 9-2, while Chattanooga dropped to 4-8.

The Blazers next travel to Baton Rouge to challenge SEC powerhouse LSU on Saturday. They return to Bartow Arena on Sunday, December 29, to host Alabama A&M in a 2:00 p.m. game.


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