Jan. 9, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - UAB's Ed Berrios nailed three straight free throws with 1.6 seconds left in the game to snap Tulane University's four-game win streak with a 62-61 come-from-behind win on Wednesday. The two teams combined for 13 ties and 15 lead changes in the back-and-forth affair.
Lawrence Kinnard scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Blazers (11-5, 1-0) while Robert Vaden added 16 and Reggie Huffman had 11.
Kinnard's double-double was his second over UAB's last three contests. Furthermore, he has now recorded double-digit rebounding in each of the Blazers' last three contests.
UAB (11-5, 1-0 Conference USA) and Tulane (10-5, 0-1) were tied at 57-57 with under a minute remaining in the game when Reggie Huffman gave his team a lead on a short jumper, but Tulane's Johnny Mayhane responded with a 3-pointer from the right corner to push the Green Wave to 60-59 with 23.3 seconds left.
Following UAB's final timeout, the Blazers mishandled the ball but recovered it. However, the player was lying on the baseline out-of-bounds.
Tulane in-bounded the ball to David Gomez, who scored a game-high 18 points, and he was immediately fouled. The senior hit 1-of-2 free throws to put them ahead 61-59.
Berrios, on the next possession, tried a last-second 3-pointer and was fouled by Kevin Sims. He then hit all three shots to win the game for UAB.
The Blazers outrebounded the Green Wave, 40-29, including an 18-11 advantage on the boards in the second half. Furthermore, UAB collected 14 offensive rebounds on the night, which it converted to 19 second-chance points.
Tulane, which was forced to play most of the first half without Sims and Louisme because of foul trouble, led 27-24 at the half.
The Blazers will next square off against Southern Miss in their C-USA home opener on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The contest will be televised on CSS and is set to tip off at 7 p.m. at Bartow Arena.