Blazers topple The Herd

By on February 27, 2013
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The Blazers have been hot, winning four out of the last five games coming down the stretch moving form second to last in the conference to 8th in a couple weeks. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

The Blazers have been hot, winning four out of the last five games coming down the stretch moving form second to last in the conference to 8th in a couple weeks. Kyle Thompson/Staff Photographer

For the second time in as many weeks the UAB Men’s basketball team managed to overcome Marshall’s Thundering Herd. Saturday night’s 52-48 victory at Cam Henderson Center also marked the third road win for the Blazers this season bringing their overall record to 13-14 (5-7).

While they were able to walk away with a win, the Green and Gold’s performance was disappointing Saturday night. The last time these two teams met UAB shot 48 percent from the field and recorded a season high of 56.8 percent from beyond the arc. This time out the Blazers shot a total of 30.2 percent for the entire game and only connected on 4 of the 18 3-point shots they attempted.

The Blazers’ biggest aid in the win was Marshall’s abysmal shooting. The Thundering Herd shot just 26.3 percent from the field. Marshall also went 3 for 26 from beyond the arc as they struggled to stay in the game. Marshall has one of the top point guards in conference USA in DeAndre Kane who typically averages 14.6 points per game, but the Blazers managed to hold him to just nine points this time around.

The Blazers were able to pull down a total of 50 boards Saturday night with Jordan Swing posting his second double-double in a row. Swing racked up 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win against Rice last week and 15 points and 10 rebounds to seal this win. Rod Rucker also had a great night shooting 6-14 netting 13 points and eight rebounds to help the Blazers edge past The Herd.

Both teams struggled with their shot selections in the first half. With the game tied the Blazers managed to go on a 14-1 run holding Marshall to just 17 total points.

In the second half Marshall was able to pull together and nearly double their first half shooting percentage tying the game with less than three minutes to go.

Swing was able to knock down one last shot and several free throws extending the Blazers’ lead as time ran out for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall 12-16 (5-8) has defeated some of the top teams in Conference USA including an 82-70 road win against UCF recently, a team the Blazers often struggle with. However the Blazers own the record against the Thundering Herd including winning each of the last 5 matchups at Cam Henderson Center.

Head Coach Jerod Haase still has time to turn his first season into a winning season. There are four games left before the Conference USA Championship and the Blazers are in a situation where they will need to win out.

The next few weeks will prove the toughest for UAB. Up next the Blazers will travel to New Orleans where they will face Tulane Wednesday February 27 at 7 p.m. CST. The Blazers will then return home for a pair of contests against two old Conference USA rivals in SMU on March 2 at 2 p.m. and UCF March 6 at 7 p.m.

Chase Cole
Senior Staff Writer
chascoleman@uab.edu

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