Nov. 10, 2007
ATLANTA (AP) - Robert Vaden scored 26 points and Reggie Huffman had 17 points and 10 rebounds in UAB's 86-63 victory over Georgia State in each team's opener on Saturday night.
All of Vaden's eight field goals came on 3-pointers. The junior transfer, who played under UAB coach Mike Davis when both were at Indiana, tied a school record with the eight three-pointers made. He became the fifth player in UAB lore to match the feat, most recently accomplished by Marvett McDonald at SMU on Feb. 25, 2006.
Along with sophomore Walter Sharpe's 13 points and nine boards, the trio of newcomers combined for 56 of the Blazers' 86 points in the game.
The Blazers led throughout most of the contest. UAB opened the second half on a 18-4 run, capped by Vaden's 3 from the left corner made it 57-41 with 13:07 remaining.
Georgia State, playing its first game under coach Rod Barnes, trimmed the lead to 63-59 on D.J. Jones' runner, but UAB controlled the final seven minutes after Davis pulled his defense out of a zone and into a tight man-to-man.
Leonard Mendez led the Panthers with 24 points on 10-of-15 shooting, but he had just two field goals on five attempts in the second half.
The Blazers shot 55 percent from the field, led by Huffman's 7-of-8 effort.
Georgia State never led after Trae Goldston's layup made it 12-11 at the 16:31 mark of the first half. Mendez's jumper at the halftime buzzer forced a 37-37 tie and ended a 10-1 run for the Panthers.
Huffman's fastbreak dunk on Vaden's alley-oop pass made it 75-60 with 3:52 left and realistically ended any chance Georgia State had of reclaiming momentum.
Rahsad Chase added 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for Georgia State, which went 11-20 in its last season with coach
Paul Delaney III had 13 points and six assists for UAB, which is playing its second season under Davis after he went 15-16 last season.
The Blazers will next be in action on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. CT when they open the home portion of the schedule against Stetson in the opening round of the Glenn Wilkes Classic