Feb. 27, 2014
HOUSTON ---- UAB junior guard Chad Frazier hit a tough, baseline bank shot as time expired to lift the UAB men's basketball team to a 61-60 win at Rice on Thursday night.
Rice's Sean Obi put his team up, 60-57, with just 34 seconds remaining before UAB's Fahro Alihodzic scored a quick two-point basket on the ensuing possession to cut the Owls' lead to 60-59 with 22 seconds on the clock.
With the shot clock turned off, the Owls' Seth Gearhart drove down the lane and took a shot that was blocked away by Blazer C.J. Washington. UAB then raced the ball into frontcourt and called a timeout with three seconds left - setting up a classic finish at Tudor Fieldhouse.
After the two teams swapped timeouts, UAB's Jordan Swing inbounded the basketball and got the ball into the hands of Frazier. Following a screen from UAB center Fahro Alihodzic, Frazier streaked toward the basket and watched as his shot rolled around the rim to secure the win.
"We were able to get the ball in cleanly and Chad made a great play," head coach Jerod Haase said. "I wanted the ball to be shot a little bit quicker so we would have a chance to grab the offensive rebound. Foz (Fahro Alihodzic) set a screen for Chad and Chad made a terrific shot and a terrific play to win the game."
The lead changed hands between the two teams on 17 occasions on Thursday in what was a back-and-forth, 40-minute contest.
UAB was able to grab the lead in the opening period thanks to a 12-for-13 performance from the free-throw line in the first 20 minutes. The Blazers finished the game 18-of-23 (78. 3 percent) at the line.
Three Blazers finished in double figures, led by Frazier's 17. Alihodzic scored 11 on the night, while C.J. Washington added 10 points.
UAB senior Jordan Swing scored five points on Thursday and now has 1,003 points in his career -- one of 20 Blazers all-time to hit the 1,000-point mark in a career.
UAB now returns home to face Louisiana Tech at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday.