Jan. 26, 2013
HOUSTON ---- The UAB men's basketball team overcame a double-digit second half deficit, but the Houston Cougars were able to hold off the Blazers down the stretch to claim a 66-61 decision at Hofheinz Pavilion on Saturday night.
Jordan Swing led the Blazers with 20 points off the bench, going 7-for-12 from the floor and 3-of-6 from downtown. He added seven assists and six rebounds in this third 20-plus point performance of the season.
Terence Jones totaled 14 points, all in the second half, and Rod Rucker and Fahro Alihodzic each added eight points and seven rebounds, respectively.
Swing and Jones combined for 29 of UAB's 35 second half points.
UAB (8-12, 0-5 C-USA) fell behind 41-28 with 16:36 remaining in the second half. The Blazers were able gain momentum and erase a 13-point deficit, going on a 15-2 run, capped by a Jones 3-pointer to knot the score at 43-all with 12:03 left.
The game would stay within a single possesion over the next nine minutes of action until Houston's Jherrod Stiggers received a generous bounce with 2:47 left on a 3-pointer to give the Cougars a 59-55 cushion.
UH (13-6, 2-4) pushed the lead to six on a pair of J.J. Thompson free throws, but Jones answered right back, pulling UAB within a possession by converting a three-point-play in the lane with just over two minutes to play.
Trailing by four, 62-58, after TaShawn Thomas made 1-of-2 foul shots, Swing drained his third 3-pointer of the night to bring the Blazers within one point with 11 seconds left.
UH's Joseph Young made a pair of free throws to give the Cougars a 64-61 lead.
In the closing seconds, UAB's final chance to tie the score came up short, as the Blazers fell by the the final score of 66-61.
Houston recieved a team-best 17 points and nine rebounds from Thomas, while Young and Stiggers chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
The Blazers return to Bartow Arena on Wednesday to host the UTEP Miners. Game time is set for 7 p.m. CT.