UAB's Rod Rucker recorded 20 rebounds against New Mexico -- the third-highest single-game total in UAB history.
Nov. 21, 2013
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - UAB junior guard Chad Frazier scored a game-high 34 points, but the Blazers could not overcome two last-second 3-pointers -- one at the end of regulation and the other as time ran out in the first overtime -- in a heartbreaking 97-94 loss to No. 19 New Mexico on Thursday in the 2013 Charleston Classic.
UAB (3-1) now faces Nebraska (3-1) at 12 p.m. EST in the consolation side of the bracket. Friday's contest will air on ESPN3, while 100.5 FM radio in Birmingham will carry the action locally.
"I think our guys competed and showed great resiliency today," head coach Jerod Haase said. "It is always tough to lose in this fashion, but we look forward to getting back out here tomorrow and facing a good Nebraska team."
In a game that was tied on 12 occasions and switched leads nine times, UAB found itself in good position Thursday, up by six, 69-63, with just 55 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Blazers appeared to hold off New Mexico (3-0) down the stretch, building a four-point advantage, 73-69, with 11 seconds on the clock. Down by three with just three seconds to go, New Mexico's Kendall Williams then heaved a desperation 3 as time ran out to tie it 75-all.
In the first overtime, UAB built another lead -- this time up 86-81 with 1:53 remaining. After the two teams went scoreless over the next 1:51, New Mexico's Alex Kirk hit a 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left to force the second overtime period.
In the second overtime, New Mexico's Cleveland Thomas hit a 3-pointer to put the Lobos up 95-92 with 41 seconds remaining. The Blazers weren't through after Thomas' long-range bucket put them down 95-92. Frazier hit two foul shots to cut the lead to a point. After a New Mexico turnover, Frazier drove the lane for what appeared to be a go-ahead basket.
UAB went over 50 rebounds for the third-straight game with a 62-58 advantage on the glass against the Lobos. The Blazers also outscored New Mexico in the paint by a 36-26 margin.