Paul Delaney intercepts a pass meant for Tulane's Andrew Garcia during the first half. (AP Photo/ Birmingham News, Mark Almond)
Feb. 15, 2006
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Marvett McDonald and Paul Delaney scored 13 points each to help lift UAB to an 87-82 victory over Tulane on Wednesday night. UAB (18-5, 8-2 Conference USA) had five players in double digit scoring with Lawrence Kinnard, Derrick Broom and Wen Mukubu all scoring 12 points.
With the win, UAB stayed within a half game of UTEP and in third place in C-USA standings. The Blazers are a game and a half behind first place Memphis.
Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson hit the biggest shot of the night with UAB leading 82-80 when he sank a 3-pointer as the buzzer sounded with 16.5 seconds left in the game.
"The clock ran down and he barely got if off," UAB coach Mike Anderson said of Johnson's shot. "One thing is our guys didn't panic. He made the shot, and that is what good players do. He played his heart out tonight and made the play, and that is what you got to have."
Johnson finished with nine points and tied his career-high 11 assists. Johnson also moved into fourth place on UAB's all-time assist list. He now has 430 for his three-year Blazer career.
Quincy Davis had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Tulane (9-14, 4-6). Ryan Williams scored 17 points for the Green Wave and Chris Moore had 15 points on 5-for-5 shooting from 3-point range. David Gomez added 12 points and six rebounds.
Tulane jumped to an early 7-5 lead, but UAB went on a 14-0 run to pull ahead 19-7. The Blazers led 42-36 at the half and their biggest lead came at 76-63 with 7:25 left to play, but Tulane did not give up.
"I think its getting it into their heads and getting the right personnel out there," Anderson said of his team learning to finish games. "The game isn't 30 minutes, and that is what our guys played tonight. We had the game going and in previous games, we have been able to put teams away. For some strange reason tonight and in the East Carolina game we didn't. You have to have the right personnel on the floor."
The Blazers won for the 14th time in 16 games and pulled to within two victories of the program's 16th 20-win season.
UAB next travels to battle rival Southern Miss in a nationally-televised Conference USA contest with the Golden Eagles from Hattiesburg, Miss., on Saturday, Feb. 18. The 2 p.m. CT tip can be seen live on CSTV.