Dec. 8, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jordan Swing led five UAB players in double figures with 18 points as the Blazers topped South Alabama 92-78 on Saturday night inside Bartow Arena.
The non-conference win snapped a two-game losing streak for UAB (5-5), which received a career-high 17 points from Fahro Alihodzic, 14 from Preston Purifoy, 13 from Robert Williams and 12 from Isiah Jones. Jones also had eight assists, and Williams grabbed eight rebounds.
Terence Jones chipped in with seven points and seven helpers of his own, as the Blazers dished out a season-high 29 assists.
"Anytime you look at the boxscore and see a W, it's a good thing," head coach Jerod Haase said. "If you asked me what the key was to this game and how we played, I would say it was our practices the last two days. We've had really good practices the last two days and it showed tonight."
Augustine Rubit paced the Jaguars (4-5) with 24 points and 11 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
UAB opened on an 11-2 run capped by Swing's jumper with 15:02 left in the first half. The Blazers led by as many as 21 in the first half, shooting 51.3 percent (20 of 39) from the field and hitting 5 of 11 3-pointers for a 46-27 halftime advantage.
"At halftime, I told the guys that we were playing really unselfish basketball, and we were playing hard," Haase said. "You can build a good team when you do those two things. I thought we were flying around on defense in the first half and that helped us get off to a good start."
The Blazers recorded a season-high 29 assists on 36 made baskets and shot a season-best 57.1 percent (36-for-63) from the field. UAB was on target from downtown as well, making 9-of-17 3-point attempts, led by Swing who made 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
"I liked the way we shared the basketball tonight, with 29 assists (on 36 field goals). That was big for us," Haase said.
UAB outscored South Alabama 44-28 in the paint and 12-2 on fast breaks. In addition, the Blazers scored 29 points off the bench with Purifoy and I.Jones combining for 26.