Dec. 28, 2005
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Marvett McDonald scored a career-high 27 points and Wen Mukubu added 16 to lead UAB to a 90-71 victory over Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
Mukubu took the first score with a dunk off the opening tip and UAB (7-3) never trailed. Five three-pointers by McDonald helped spur the Blazers to a 33-13 lead early.
"I have to give credit to our staff and our guys," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "They came out with such energy. To play against an Eddie Sutton team - a very good basketball team - and to do the things we did tonight is another sign of progress in our program
A three-pointer by Jameson Curry helped Oklahoma State (8-4) cut the lead to 46-34 at halftime. The Cowboys pulled within 10 points early in the second half, but scores from McDonald and Demario Eddins and a three-pointer from Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson sparked a 9-0 UAB run that put the game away.
"I thought (the key) was our defense," Anderson said. "Our defense really got us going out there. We got easy buckets. Conditioning came into effect, too. With the defense we play, we can create the tempo that we want. If we can stay in the ball park rebounding and then shoot the basketball well, our chances are pretty good and that's what happened tonight."
"I thought they played a terrific game," Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton said. "They out played us, out worked us, played better defense then we did. I knew we would miss Marcus (Dove) but I didn't know we would miss him that much. I though our guys got rattled by the good defensive pressure they put on us. We turned the ball over and we really didn't execute offensively."
Dove, the Cowboy's top defensive presence, is out with an injury suffered in a win over Tennessee on Dec. 22.
Curry and Mario Boggan scored 16 points each to lead Oklahoma State and Torre Johnson added 15 points for the Cowboys.
Eddins and Paul Delaney each scored 12 points for UAB and Johnson had eight assists in leading a pressing Blazers defense that forced 24 Oklahoma State turnovers.
UAB had its biggest lead at 90-62 before the Cowboys closed the game with a 9-0 run.