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Blazers hold on, defeat Tulsa 70-63
The Blazers ended their two game losing streak in Tulsa improving their record to 13-6 and 2-3 in C-USA action.
The Blazers were led by Rod Rucker and Chad Frazier who each scored 21 points in the conference matchup against the Golden Hurricanes.
It was a back and forth game until Robert Williams hit a lay-up with 13:43 remaining and gave UAB a lead they would never relinquish. The lead grew as large as ten before Tulsa cut the lead to just 3 with under a minute left to go. The battle tested Blazers held on and posted 70-63 victory handing Tulsa their second conference loss.
UAB once again posted a huge rebound number grabbing fifty boards, out rebounding Tulsa by fifteen.
C.J. Washington grabbed ten rebounds which lead all players, as he added 6 points, 2 steals and a block. For the third straight game Washington was in foul trouble.
Blazers shot the ball well from range. Really Chad Frazier shot well going 5-8 and UAB went 5-12 as a team. The team rebounded from shooting just 14.8% against North Texas just two days prior.
UAB had 17 turnovers to just 6 by Tulsa, highlighted by 6 from the point guard Chad Frazier and 5 from senior Rod Rucker.
Tosin Mehinti had a good game defensively denying three shots and pulling down 5 boards in just 16 minutes of action.
The Blazers will be home next week as they host Old Dominion who is 4-1 in conference on January 30at 7 pm.
They will then turn around and welcome in East Carolina on February 1 who are searching for their first conference win despite carrying a 11-4 record heading into C-USA action. With the quick turnarounds the Blazers hope to pick up two conference wins and improve to above .500 for the first time this season in the C-USA.
MVP: Rod Rucker.
Rucker had an all-around game shooting 9-16 totaling 21 points, grabbing 7 rebounds. He rounded out his stat sheet with a block, an assist and a steal. He shot perfect from the line. His only bad marks were 5 turnovers and 4 personal fouls. He always seems to be in the right spot at the right time. He has a big motor, and hustled for all 35 minutes he was on the floor.
The Blazers defense frustrated the Golden Hurricanes all afternoon especially in the second half. UAB locked down the perimeter, making Tulsa miss on all six attempts in the second stanza, as the posted 25% for the game from range. The interior wasn’t any easier for home team, as UAB held them to just 36.5% shooting for the game. UAB posted 4 steals and 6 blocked shots.
Glaring stat of the day: 2:17.
The Blazers posted a two assist to seventeen turnovers. You would like to see that number reversed. The Hurricanes for instance posted a 8:6 ratio. The Blazers need to be more selfless and take care of the basketball if they want to get to the top of the conference.