Jan. 11, 2006
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson had 13 points, five assists, and four steals to lead UAB to an 84-54 victory over Tulsa on Wednesday night. UAB (11-3, 1-0 Conference USA) forced a school-record 39 turnovers and finished with 21 steals.
With the victory, UAB has won seven straight games -- the longest win streak in Mike Anderson's four-year tenure as head coach.
"Once we got into our defense, our pressure was unbelievable," Anderson said. "It was relentless. I mean, it seemed like we had about six or seven guys out on the floor. I was wondering how we were going to come out with the things that have taken place. (Demario Eddins' season-ending injury.) Now we are in that conference race and, to our guys credit, I thought they came out and played extremely great, great defense."
It was the second game for the Blazers without their No. 2 scorer, Demario Eddins, who is out for the season with a torn Achilles tendon.
Lawrence Kinnard scored 10 points for the Blazers. Marvett McDonald, Wen Mukubu and Paul Delaney each scored nine.
Anthony Price had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Tulsa (5-9, 0-1).
The Golden Hurricane outrebounded UAB 44-22 and shot 52.4 percent from the field for the game, but UAB's 39-8 advantage in turnovers made the difference.
UAB started off slowly and fell behind 9-4, but a jump shot by Kinnard garnered a 12-11 lead and the Blazers never looked back. An 18-0 run late in the first half helped UAB to a 47-23 halftime lead.
"That's the fastest 40 minutes in basketball, right there," Anderson said of the spurt. "I thought our guys were having fun. We play a game of spurts and momentum and when you get that momentum, you want to ride it."
The Blazers lead by as many as 38 points in the second half.
UAB begins a two-game road swing Saturday when they visit Marshall in Huntington, W.Va. The contest tips off at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at the Cam Henderson Center Saturday night.