Frazier Leads UAB To 87-74 Victory Over Nebraska

UABSPORTS.COM Chad Frazier (above), Fahro Alihodzic, and Rod Rucker all finished in double figures.
Chad Frazier (above), Fahro Alihodzic, and Rod Rucker all finished in double figures.

Nov. 22, 2013

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Chad Frazier scored 32 points and UAB bounced back from a double-overtime defeat to No. 19 New Mexico with an 87-74 victory over Nebraska at the Charleston Classic on Friday.

Frazier reached the 30-point level for a second-straight game after scoring 34 in yesterday's contest against the Lobos. Frazier became the first UAB player since Robert Vaden to record two back-to-back 30-plus point games. Vaden scored 41 at UTEP and 30 vs. Tulane in back-to-back games during the 2007-08 season.

UAB (4-1) will now face Temple in Sunday's fifth-place game. The Owls advanced with a 83-81 win over Georgia on Friday. The Blazers/Owls game will take place at 6:30 p.m. EST on ESPN3. Fans cans also listen to the contest on HOT 107.7 FM. 

Nebraska (3-2) will try and avoid an 0-3 run in the eight-team tournament against Georgia.

"That was a great bounce-back win for our program," head coach Jerod Haase said. "We have a tremendous group of guys, not just good basketball players, but great guys off the court who listen to us and believe in what we are trying to do here."

If any team had a right to be winded and worn out, it was the Blazers who held leads in the final minute of regulation and overtime before losing their tournament opener.

UAB showed great resiliency on Friday, knocking off a Nebraska team that came into the contest with a 3-1 record. 

UAB built an early lead in the opening minutes of the first half, holding Nebraska scoreless until Terran Pettaway's jumper at the 15:54 mark made the score 5-2 in favor of UAB.

Following several ties and lead changes, the Blazers found themselves up, 24-19, with 8:13 remaining before the break. The Cornhuskers answered UAB's run with one of their own - a 15-3 run to take the lead, 34-27, with 4:05 left in the opening stanza.



UAB's defense then clamped down as the Blazers' held Nebraska scoreless over the final four minutes and cut its lead to 34-31 at the half. 

In the second half, UAB shot 82.6 percent (19-of-23) from the field and outscored Nebraska, 56-40, in the final 20 minutes to pull away with the 87-74 victory. 

Five Blazers scored in double figures on the day. Fahro Alihodzic scored 16 points while Rod Rucker had 13 points and 10 rebounds for UAB, giving him his second-straight double-double. Jordan Swing and Robert Williams each added 11 in the win. Terran Petteway led Nebraska with 21 points.

UAB was once again strong on the glass, outrebounding the Cornhuskers, 41-28. The Blazers have now outrebounded every opponent they have faced this season. 

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