Dec. 07, 2013
NU (2-7) held a 68-67 advantage on two Scott Eatherton free throws with 1:49 remaining in a back-and-forth game that featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes.
Alihodzic, who had 13 points, made a layup and two free throws in the final seconds and Williams contributed two free throws as UAB (7-2) outscored Northeastern 7-1 to end the game.
"We have an experienced team with a lot of guys who have been through some tough games, and that helped tonight," head coach Jerod Haase said. "I am thrilled with where we are and what we are doing as a team right now. We started out playing really well tonight, then struggled, but I thought our toughness and competitiveness kicked in, and we made plays down the stretch."
Junior guard Chad Frazer led UAB with 19 points, and 6 rebounds, posting his ninth-straight double-figure scoring effort. Blazer guard Jordan Swing recorded a season-high 14 points and Rod Rucker added 12 for UAB.
UAB outrebounded Northeastern 45 to 29, marking the eighth time in nine games that UAB has outrebounded its opponent.
"That is our identity," Haase said. "We are a tough and gritty team that likes to crash the boards. Once again, I am proud of the effort and intensity we showed in rebounding the basketball tonight."
UAB came out with a hot shooting performance in the early minutes, hitting 7-of-9 (77.8 percent) from the field to build a 16-10 advantage with just over 14 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.
Northeastern’s Demetrius Pollard led all scorers at the break with 10 points, while Frazier added eight to lead the Blazers.
UAB, which finished just 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from the field in the first half, found itself down 46-38 with 14:39 remaining in the game.
The Blazers climbed back into the contest thanks to a 16-4 run and a 64 percent (16-of-25) second half shooting performance to build a 52-50 advantage with just under 10 minutes remaining.
Northeastern was able to grab the lead on two more occasions in the final 10 minutes, but UAB held on for the 74-69 win.
The Blazers now return home to face Georgia Southern on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. CST.