Dec. 8, 2007
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -
Dominique Jones scored 25 points, and Kentrell Gransberry had 18 points and 15 rebounds to help USF beat UAB 68-58 on Saturday night for its seventh straight victory.
Gransberry added seven blocks, and Chris Howard scored 14 points for the Bulls. The victory snapped an eight-game losing skid in the series.
Robert Vaden had 19 points to pace the Blazers (7-4), whose longest winning streak in two seasons under coach Mike Davis ended at five.
Junior forward Lawrence Kinnard collected nine points and a team-best nine rebounds, while senior Frank Holmes came off the bench to score eight for the Blazers.
USF owned a 40-14 free throw advantage in the game, and outscored UAB 26-8 from the charity stripe. Even with the discrepency at the line, the Blazers hung tough in a game that featured a dozen lead changes and six ties. UAB led 49-48 midway through the second half before Jones and Gransberry took charge.
In the first half, USF scored 10 straight points en route to a 15-5 advantage. UAB responded with a 12-3 run, cutting the deficit to one. The lead changed hands four times before USF took a 28-27 edge into the break.
The second half began with an 8-2 USF run which gave the home team a five-point advantage. But the Blazers responded with an 11-3 run of their own to take their largest lead of the game at 42-39 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest.
With the contest tied at 49 all with 10 minutes left, the Bulls would go on the a decisive 8-0 run to give them a 57-49 lead. That was all USF would need,as the Bulls connected on their final seven free throws to pull out the 10 point win.
UAB will continue a tough stretch of games when it travels to Louisville, Ky. to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT in a nationally-televised contest (ESPN).