UAB Defense Shuts Down SMU For 47-28 Win

Freshman K.C. Whitaker had a career-high 17 points and six boards in the win over SMU.

Feb. 15, 2012

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DALLAS - UAB freshman guard K.C. Whitaker scored a career-high 17 points off the bench, as the Blazers cruised past the SMU Mustangs, 47-28, in Conference USA play at Moody Coliseum.

The 28 points scored by the Mustangs were the lowest ever scored by any C-USA team, topping the 36 points scored by UAB against Southern Miss (1/12/02). It also marked the second-fewest points the Blazers have allowed in program history, besting only the 27 points they allowed to Samford on Feb. 23, 1982.

"It sure wasn't pretty, but we'll take it," UAB head coach Mike Davis said. "I thought we did a good job contesting shots and staying with the defensive game plan. We did a great job on the boards, especially in the second half, and that really wore them down, I thought."

Cameron Moore recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 boards to go along with a career-high four assists in the win. Sophomore Jordan Swing also pulled down a career-best 11 boards, which helped the Blazers (11-14, 6-6 C-USA) to a huge 46-27 advantage on the boards.

The Mustangs (11-15, 2-9) failed to put a single player in double figures in the meeting, as Robert Nyakundi came the closest with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting from the floor before fouling out in the team's second straight loss and the seventh n eight games.

The Mustangs led by three points early in the first half, but the Blazers used a 10-0 run midway through the opening stanze to take the lead for good. SMU ended up shooting a woeful 4-of-26 from the floor, including 1-of-15 behind the three-point line, as they fell behind 17-12 at the break. UAB was only marginally better from the floor at only 27.8 percent.

The second half was just as brutal for SMU as the squad knocked down just 4- of-20 from the field, 2-of-14 beyond the arc, en route to the 19-point home loss. SMU's total was the second-lowest of the season for any Division I program, after Towson and Arkansas State put up a mere 27 versus Drexel and Louisville, respectively.



The Blazers will return home on Saturday when they host the Tulane Green Wave at 7 p.m. at Bartow Arena.