Feb. 20, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)- Chad Frazier scored 13 points and led a balanced UAB attack as the Blazers beat Marshall 68-62 Thursday night.
The Blazers also received valuable playing time from a trio of freshmen -- Denzell Watts, Tosin Mehinti and Tyler Madison -- who combined to play 41 minutes on the night. Watts led the freshmen scorers with nine points off of a 3-for-6 shooting effort from the field.
"It was not the prettiest game, but I think as the game went on you saw two teams that were competing hard," head coach Jerod Haase said. "For us, our balanced scoring and our ability to make key shots throughout the game were keys tonight. I don't think we made alot of great plays, but in the second half we made 'winning' types of plays down the stretch."
UAB (16-10, 5-7 Conference USA) led Marshall 30-29 at the break and the score seesawed throughout most of the second half leading into the final seven minutes of play. That's when the Blazers outscored Marshall 10-5, taking a five-point lead into the stretch. Marshall (9-18, 3-9) failed to make any headway as UAB made 8-of-12 free throws in the final 2:10 to hang on for the win.
UAB shot only 34 percent from the floor, but the Blazers, who are second in the nation in rebounding average (45.3), gathered 51 rebounds in overpowering Marshall inside. It marked the ninth time this season the Green and Gold has recorded 50 or more rebounds in a single game.
"For us, have our limitations, but one thing we have been able to do is rebound the basketball," Haase added. "I think that has won some games for us. We have shot in the low 30s several times this year, but the way we are able to win is by rebounding the basketball."
Chris Thomas led the Thundering Herd with 22 points as he scored eight of the Herd's first 10 points on the night. Cheikh Sane grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Marshall.
Next up for the Blazers is a trip to Charlotte, N.C., on Saturday. UAB and the 49ers clash at 3:30 p.m. ET/2:30 p.m. CT in a contest that will air on FS1.