Nov. 29, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Courtney Lee and Anthony Winchester combined for 56 points and Western Kentucky shot 58.5 percent for the game and 65.2 percent from three-point range as the Hilltoppers gunned down host UAB, 92-76, Tuesday night in Bartow Arena. Lee scored 31 points behind 10-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line while Winchester added 25 with 4-of-5 three-pointers to lead WKU (3-1) to the win.
"You're not always going to be able to make shots like that," Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn said. "I hope that is a result of our mental focus and guys being ready to play. We had a poor start to the second half, but we were able to bounce back and play better basketball."
Western Kentucky led much of the first half, but a three-point play by Paul Delaney near the end of the first period helped UAB tie the score at 36 at halftime. Scores by Wen Mukubu and a pair of free throws from Delaney gave UAB (2-1) a 55-52 lead early in the second half, but a 3-pointer by Lee followed by a steal and layup sparked a 12-0 Western Kentucky run.
The run gave the Hilltoppers a 64-55 lead, and they stayed ahead the rest of the game.
"You have to take your hat off to Western Kentucky," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "They did what you had to do overall. In the second half they continued to make shots. When we came back out we just could not get it going. Normally after half time there are adjustments to make and we didn't get it done."
Demario Eddins led UAB with 20 points, but was just 8-of-15 from the free-throw line. The Blazers shot just 57.1 percent from the stripe as a team, hitting 20-of-35. UAB forced 27 Hilltopper turnovers, but was four-of-18 from long-range compared to 15-of-23 three-point shooting for WKU.
UAB next travels to Nebraska on Saturday. The battle with the Cornhuskers, originally scheduled for a 7 p.m. CT tip-off has been moved up to 3 p.m. CT to accommodate Nebraska's hosting of the second round of the 2005 NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Due to the late switch in start times, the radio broadcast on the ISP/Blazer Sports Network has been moved to WXJC AM and FM (92.1 FM and 850 AM) in Birmingham. The pregame show will begin at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday.