Wen Mukubu breaks upcourt after stealing the ball from Old Dominion's Drew Williamson during the first half. (AP Photo/Birmingham News, Mark Almond)
Dec. 22, 2005
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB opened the game on a 14-0 run, shot 63 percent from the floor in the first half and led wire-to-wire in Thursday night's 85-57 win over Old Dominion at Bartow Arena. Marvett McDonald tossed in 18 points behind 4-of-9 three-point shooting and Squeaky Johnson scored a career-high 16 points for the Blazers (6-3).
The 28-point loss for Old Dominion was its worst setback in 211 games, spanning to an 83-53 loss to George Mason on Jan. 4, 1999.
"I thought, for the most part, for 40 minutes we played some very good basketball," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "It was all predicated from our defense. Of course, we made shots. When you make shots, it makes a big, big difference - and we rebounded well. To say the least, I was pretty happy to see our basketball team come out and play well."
Demario Eddins added 13 points for UAB, which took just 3:51 to open a 14-0 advantage in the contest. Old Dominion (7-4) battled back and cut the game to five at 15-10 with 11:46 left in the first half on a Brandon Johnson three-pointer. But that would be as close as the Monarchs could get.
UAB rolled off a 15-0 run in response to blow the game open and lead, 30-10 with 8:03 to play on one of McDonald's three-pointers.
""UAB was really ready to play and played well," Old Dominion head coach Blaine Taylor said. "I fully expected they would give a physical effort but the thing that was eye opening to me was how well they shot the ball. This kind of performance on their part will put them in a good place in a lot of different games."
The Blazers turned in their best shooting half of the season, hitting 20-of-32 shots before halftime (62.5 percent). They outrebounded the Monarchs in the frame, 19-13, and forced 10 turnovers while committing just four. UAB led at halftime, 48-22.
Valdas Vasvlius and Isaiah Hunter led ODU with 18 points each. The Monarchs shot just 6-of-23 in the first half (26.1 percent) and 35.7 percent (20-of-56) for the game. The were harassed into 18 turnovers by UAB's pressure defense.
The Blazers shot 52.3 percent for the game (34-of-65), including 9-of-21 three-pointers.
McDonald finished with a career-high tying six assists and four steals to go with his 18 points. Johnons added five assists for UAB. Frank Holmes scored just four points, but had a game-high eight rebounds.
UAB next hosts Oklahoma State on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. CT in Bartow Arena. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN2.