Men’s basketball steam Rice, 61-60

By on March 2, 2014
Photo by Sarah Adkins

The Blazers used a spurt in the last few minutes to squeak by Rice in the final road game in the regular season.
Rice (7-21) came into Thursday’s matchup last in C-USA play. UAB was looking to grab even record in conference play.
The Blazers were down 4 with just 24 seconds left on the clock when Fahro Alihodzic hit a jumper to narrow the gap to just 60-59.
The Owls took a quick shot that was blocked by junior C.J. Washington. The Blazer recovered and called timeout with just three seconds remaining.
During the inbound, Alihodzic set a screen to free Chad Frazier, the leading scorer for the Blazers then drove the ball baseline then put the four foot runner off the glass. The ball danced around the rim and as the time expired the ball hit twine giving UAB their 5th road win of the season, 61-60.
Chad Frazier stood out in Houston, shooting 5-12 from the field, dishing six dimes with just 3 turnovers. The junior guard continues to improve in spread the ball around and limiting turnovers.
Another Blazer hit a milestone, as Jordan Swing scored five points to eclipse the 1000 point mark at UAB. After two stellar seasons scoring the ball for the Blazers the Homewood native has struggled in that aspect of the game this year. He has struggled from beyond the arc, but has helped the team in other ways on the defensive side of the ball providing energy and effort for his teammates.
UAB once again dominated the boards. They out rebounded the Owls 43-34 which included 19 offensive rebounds. The Blazers got 14 points off of second chances and held Rice to just two.
Jerod Haase’s squad amped up the pressure on defense, they created 7 steals and blocking 3 shots en route to the 5th road win of the year.
The game was close throughout the contest with the lead changing 17 times, twice in the final two minutes.
The win gives the Blazer a sweep of the three game road trip, with three wins coming by a combined 9 points.
UAB will still have much to prove heading into conference play with two test coming at home. One test remains, as UAB will take on MTSU in Bartow Arena trying to avenge the 89-84 overtime loss earlier in the season in Murfreesboro.
That will be the final game of the regular season, as UAB will then head to San Antonio for the Conference USA tournament.

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