Feb. 11, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Marvett McDonald scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half to help UAB pull away from East Carolina 72-64. Wen Mukubu and Paul Delaney scored 12 points each for UAB (17-5, 7-2 C-USA). Lawrence Kinnard added 10 point for the Blazers.
Corey Rouse had 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead East Carolina (7-15, 1-8). Sam Hinnnant added 14 points and Jeremy Ingram had 13 for the Pirates.
"It was good to see our guys get out and get transition basketball going again, especially in the second half," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "I have to give credit to them (ECU), they zoned us out. I was proud of our guys' effort. They played with 110 percent. They left it on the floor, and that is what I look at as a coach."
UAB led 28-25 at halftime as both teams shot poorly from the field. ECU led by as many as six early in the game.
"We didn't make any shots," Anderson admitted. "I didn't think we were attacking. We were tentative. We had some guys come off the bench and do some good things for us. We had a lot of guys doing a lot of things, and they gave us some quality minutes and allowed us to get the lead before halftime. Hopefully we start to get some more baskets because of our defense."
The Blazers started the second half with a 7-0 run to take a 35-25 lead and prompt an East Carolina timeout. The Pirates crept back into the game but they could get no closer than four points the rest of the way.
A dunk by Rouse brought East Carolina to within 52-48. But a jumper by McDonald and three free throws by Brandon Tobias put UAB back in charge.
East Carolina out rebounded UAB 41-26. But UAB had 13 steals and forced 26 East Carolina turnovers.
The win is UAB's 13th in 15 games. The Blazers next host Tulane Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. CT.