Jan. 11, 2006
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.
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."
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.