Nov. 27, 2011
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- UT Martin used a 14-2 run early in the second half and hung on to beat UAB, 59-54, on Sunday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
"We missed free throws down the stretch of the game and that hurt us," UAB head coach Mike Davis said. "What shocked me was 18 offensive rebounds and getting only three points out of it. We have to get better play out of our point guards. I thought they both really struggled tonight."
The Skyhawks (2-5) were led by Mike Liabo's game-high 22 points, while Myles Taylor added 13 points and 10 boards.
The Blazers captured their first lead of the game early in the second half on a Jordan Swing jumper for a 27-26 advantage at the 18:15 mark.
However, UT Martin outscored UAB, 14-2, over the next 5:26 which included 10 points from Liabo to push the lead to 40-29 with 12:41 left.
Trailing by 10, 55-45, with 1:51 remaining, the Blazers went on a 8-1 spurt to cut the lead to three, 56-53, but wouldn't get any closer.
Swing finished with a career-high 15 points to go along with five assists, while senior forward Cameron Moore added 15 points and a team-leading nine boards.
The Blazers won the battle of the boards, outrebounding the Skyhawks, 34-29, in the contest. UAB collected 18 offensive rebounds, but that only resulted in three second-chance points. In comparison, UT Martin had 11 offensive boards, but 13 second-chance points.
UAB also struggled from the charity stripe, connecting on just 5-of-13 foul shots, while UT Martin connected on 16-of-20 free throws for the contest.
UAB will look to turn things around when it travels to take on South Alabama on Wednesday night. Tip off is slated for 7 p.m. in Mobile, Ala.