C.J. Washington scored 14 points. (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb. 22, 2014
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. ---- Up by two, 64-62, with three seconds on the clock, UAB guard and Charlotte native Chad Frazier pushed the ball out of the hand of Charlotte 49ers’ guard Pierra Henry and raced in front of the Blazers’ bench to celebrate UAB’s victory on Saturday at Halton Arena.
Frazier finished with a game-high 16 points and four rebounds in his return back to his hometown, helping UAB (17-10, 6-7 Conference USA) improve to its second-straight road win and its third victory in four games. Meanwhile, Charlotte, who has now lost five-straight this season, falls to 14-12, 5-8 in C-USA action.
“It is obviously always great to get a win on the road in this league,” said head coach Jerod Haase. “That was one happy locker room after the game. None of our guys thought they performed extremely well individually, but they all know that we played great as a team. That is fun to see as a coach and is what makes this profession fun.”
Charlotte jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead and held the advantage for over nine minutes to open the game. UAB’s C.J. Washington then nailed a 3-pointer, giving the Blazers their first lead, 18-17, with 9:27 remaining in the opening period.
The Blazers led by as many as five in the first half, taking a 24-19 lead with 6:57 on the clock. UAB maintained its advantage until Charlotte’s Henry hit a shot at the buzzer to tie the game, 38-38, going into the break.
Washington led UAB with 10 points off a 4-for-5 shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes. The Blazers were also helped by a strong rebounding performance, outrebounding the 49ers, 21-15, on the glass.
The back-and-forth pace continued in the second half as neither team climbed ahead by more than a three-point advantage.
With 41 seconds on the clock and the Blazers up 62-59, Henry nailed a 3-point basket to tie the score at 62-62. Frazier then came down on the next possession and tried a jumper that fell just short but into the hands of teammate Fahro Alihodzic, who scooped the ball in and put the Blazers ahead, 64-62, with 14 seconds remaining.
Up by two, Frazier sealed the game with his steal as UAB held on for the win.
The Blazers won Saturday’s contest despite hitting just 16-of-32 (50 percent) from the free-throw line. UAB guard Jordan Swing finished with six points – just two points shy of reaching the 1,000-point mark for his career.
Up next, UAB travels to Houston, Texas to face Rice at 7 p.m. CT Thursday.