Jones' Career High 17 Leads Blazers Past Valdosta State, 98-69

Jan. 5, 2006

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Richard Jones scored a career-high 17 points and Marvett McDonald and Wen Mukubu added 15 points each to help lift UAB to a 98-69 victory over Valdosta State on Thursday night. The win was UAB's sixth straight which matches the longest unbeaten run of the Mike Anderson era.

The UAB Blazers (10-3) were playing for the first time since starting forward Demario Eddins went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Jones took Eddins' place in the starting lineup and hit an early 3-pointer to help UAB jump to a 19-0 lead.

"It was a good team effort by our guys," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "In terms of depth and a talent standpoint, we probably have a little bit more than they did, but you still have to play the basketball game. I thought they were a little off kilter early on...their nerves were going and you could tell."

Valdosta State's (9-3) first points came on a layup by J.T. Thomas with 15:15 left in the first half. UAB went on to lead 54-24 at halftime. The Blazers' biggest margin was 38 points while ahead 96-58.

Mike Crain scored 16 points to lead Valdosta State. Jon Rogers had 15 points and 10 rebounds while Ray Canady added 12 points and Artis Young scored 11.

The loss broke an eight game winning streak for the Valdosta State Blazers, who average 92 points per game.

Paul Delaney scored 12 points while Frank Holmes grabbed 11 rebounds and Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson had eight assists to help UAB to the victory. All 13 Blazers dressed saw action.



"We came out and we made some shots," Anderson said. "Wen (Mukubu) made his first three or four shots and, before you know it, that just triggered our defense. Richard Jones came out tonight and we got to see some other guys play. You got to see Roderick Ollie get some minutes tonight and for the minutes he was out there I thought he did extremely well."

Ollie, a freshman from Moorhead, Miss., finished with six points in 12 minutes of play. Walk-ons Michael Anderson Jr. (a team-high tying two steals) and Patrick Hassell (two points, three rebounds) also got in the action.

UAB finishes non-conference play at 10-3 heading into next Wednesday night's Conference USA opener against Tulsa at Bartow Arena.