Nov. 23, 2012
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas ---- The UAB men’s basketball team jumped out to an early lead, but turnovers plagued the Blazers all night, falling to Illinois State, 77-65, on Friday evening at the South Padre Convention Centre.
UAB (3-2) will play TCU (4-3) on Saturday at 4 p.m. CT and the game will be televised on the CBS Sports Network. Saturday's contest will close out the Blazers’ play in the South Padre Island Invitational.
The game started out in the Blazers’ favor, jumping out to an 11-2 run as Rod Rucker scored UAB’s first six points. Illinois State (5-0) mounted a comeback and overtook the Blazers’ lead, 20-18, with 8:07 left on a Jordan Threloff layup.
At half, the Redbirds held a four-point cushion, 34-30.
UAB stormed a comeback of its own after intermission, going up 40-38 when Robert Williams drained a 3-pointer with 14:09 left in the game.
Later in the half, Rucker sank a basket to tie up the score for the sixth time in the game, but unfortunately the Redbirds would own the upper hand the rest of the way.
ISU held a 52-47 advantage when the offense went stagnant on both sides as both teams were held scoreless for over a four-minute span.
The Blazers would get within three points, 54-51, with 6:24 remaining, but could get no closer the rest of the way as the Redbirds earned the victory.
UAB struggled with maintaining possession of the ball, committing 27 turnovers, which led to 26 points for the Illinois State offense.
Offensively, the Blazers were led by Jordan Swing posting his first double-double of the season, totaling 18 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. He has now scored in double figures in all five of UAB’s games this season.
ISU featured three players scoring in double digits, led by Bryant Allen’s career-high 30-point effort. Bryant drained 6-of-9 shots from downtown and shot 9-of-15 overall from the floor. He added six steals to his stat line.
Tyler Brown (15 points) and Jackie Carmichael (11 points) added to the Redbirds’ scoring.