UAB's Rod Rucker scored 21 points in the win.
Jan. 25, 2014
TULSA, Okla. ---- Chad Frazier and Rod Rucker each scored 21 points and the UAB men's basketball team recorded its eighth game with 50 or more rebounds as the Blazers downed Tulsa, 70-63, on the road Saturday.
The loss gave Tulsa (9-11, 4-2) just its second conference loss of the season and snapped UAB's (13-6, 2-3) two-game skid in Conference USA action.
The Blazers once again used a strong effort on the boards as well as a strong showing at the free-throw line to pick up the win. UAB outrebounded Tulsa, 50-35, and hit 19-of-24 (79 percent) from the charity stripe in Saturday's victory.
"I thought our guys were fantastic with our energy and effort tonight," head coach Jerod Haase said. "We are a good team right now that can become an even better team. Our guys really bought into what we wanted to do tonight, and I am proud of the way we bounced back."
UAB and Tulsa battled back and forth in the opening 20 minutes as the score changed hands five times. The largest lead any team could manage in the first half was four points, when Tulsa went up 23-19 off a Lew Evans 3-point basket.
Frazier and Rucker each came out hot in the opening stanza. Rucker scored six of the Blazers' first 10 points, while Frazier reeled off eight-straight points for the Blazers from the 4:45 to 3:30 mark of the first half.
The Blazers came out in the second half and scored to tie the game, 35-35, off a jumper from Jordan Swing with 17:22 on the clock.
UAB then started to take control of the game, going on a 6-0 run thanks to two layups from Robert Williams that led to a 46-40 advantage.
Up by six, UAB maintained the lead over the course of the final 13:43 seconds of the game en route to the 70-63 win.
UAB now returns home to host Old Dominion at 7 p.m. on Thursday, before entertaining East Carolina at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.