Frank Holmes notched his first career double-double for UAB. Photo by Ashley Fleming.
Dec. 10, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Wen Mukubu scored 15 points and Frank Holmes had 13 points and 14 rebounds to lead UAB to an 81-59 victory over Alcorn State Saturday night. Five Blazers scored in double figures and UAB's bench produced 46 points in the victory.
"That's the type of team we've always had," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "You never know where (the offense) is going to come from. Other teams might have a better starting five but when we get to our bench, that's the difference. I'm still searching for that group of eight or nine guys that will bring it every night."
Holmes, a 6-9 sophomore forward, had his first double-double and a career high for rebounds and blocked shots with four. Richard Jones scored 14 points off the bench for UAB (4-2), while Marvette McDonald and Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson added 10 for the Blazers.
Cliff Douglass scored 22 points, 20 of which were in the second half, to lead Alcorn State (0-6) amd Almaad Jackson had 13 points for the Braves.
The game was closer than the final score indicated. It was tied 15-15 with 7:52 left in the first half, but UAB closed the half with a 20-4 run to take a 35-19 lead at intermission. The Braves went almost 10 minutes without a field goal in the first period.
Alcorn warmed up in the second half. Douglass hit four 3-pointers early in the second half to help close the margin to 49-44 with 9:35 left.
McDonald hit three 3-pointers to help UAB pull away. The final score was the Blazers biggest margin of the game.
"They were scrappy," Anderson said. "It's a reflection of their coach. With our depth and bench, we came out with a win. Fatigue was a big factor in this game. You can see that in the spurts late in the game."