Jan. 4, 2014
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Six UAB men’s basketball players scored in double figures and junior forward C.J. Washington recorded a double-double to guide the Blazers past Newberry College, 96-75, on Saturday.
With the win, the Blazers wrap up non-conference play with an 11-3 record. Meanwhile, Saturday’s contest counted as an exhibition game for 8-2 Newberry.
Washington, who finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, recorded his team-high fifth double-double of the season. Teammate Chad Frazier scored a game-high 18 points, while Fahro Alihodzic and Robert Williams added 14 points each. Rod Rucker and Jordan Swing each scored 11 points vs. the Wolves.
“Today was not picture perfect by any means but we were playing against a team that gave us some different looks,” head coach Jerod Haase said. “I do like our unselfishness; I like our activity level on defense. It was a good step for us to play in competition and to play in front of our fans.”
UAB and Newberry switched leads seven times in the opening 10 minutes of Saturday’s contest before the Blazers used a 7-0 run from the 11:25 to 9:28 marks of the opening period to take a 28-19 lead.
Both teams shot the ball well in the opening stanza. Newberry made 16-of-32 baskets (50 percent), while the Blazers hit 21-of-41 (51.2 percent) in the first 20 minutes on their way to a 52-41 halftime advantage.
UAB had three players score in double figures in the first half, including 13 from Williams, who was a perfect 5-for-5 from the field.
The Blazers led by as many as 20 in the first half, but the Wolves would not go away. Newberry opened up the second period on a 7-2 run to cut the UAB lead to single-digits, 54-48, with 15:45 remaining in the game.
Frazier halted the Wolves’ scoring spree with two quick field goals, one a 3-point basket and the other a layup to extend UAB’s advantage back to double-digits.
Up 60-50 with 14:29 remaining, the Blazers would not allow Newberry to get within single digits the rest of the way as UAB cruised to a 96-75 victory.
The Blazers outrebounded Newberry, 50-32, marking the sixth time this season UAB has recorded 50 or more boards in a game. The 96 points scored by the Blazers represented the highest point total for UAB this season.
Next up, the Blazers begin Conference USA play on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. at Middle Tennessee.