Dec. 30, 2005
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Demario Eddins and Lawrence Kinnard each scored 13 points, and Marvett McDonald added 11 to lead UAB past South Florida with a 59-47 win on Friday. The win was the Blazers' fourth straight and seventh in a row over the Bulls.
UAB (8-3) outscored South Florida 33-3 off turnovers and 21-2 off the bench en route to the victory. The Blazers forced 29 USF turnovers on the night and overcame a 32-24 Bulls advantage on the boards.
"It probably wasn't the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win, especially on the road," UAB head coach Mike Anderson said. "I'm particularly proud of our guys because coming off the Oklahoma State and Old Dominion games, you expect some kind of let down. I anticipated it. You come into a place where, every year here we come in and it's a dog fight. When we come in here, it's amazing. It seems like the game is going our direction and for some reason, they're always in it."
South Florida dominated early in both halves before losing momentum. The team owned a 10-2 lead five minutes into the game, but collected only seven more points on the way to a 31-17 halftime deficit. An 18-3 run by UAB capped off by a Paul Delaney transition slam made it 20-13 with 7:18 to play in the first to do the damage.
USF scored the first nine points after the break, but UAB regrouped and built a lead that peaked at 17 with three minutes to go.
James Holmes scored 18 points and Melvin Buckley had 13 for South Florida (6-7), which has dropped four of its last five games. Teammate Solomon Jones contributed 15 rebounds, 10 points and blocked five shots.
"We found a way to win," Anderson said. "I thought our bench was going to be a catalyst in this game and it was. Lawrence (Kinnard) came in and gave us tremendous energy off the bench. Here's a young man that's been hurt and has his career-high, hits his first three-point shot and just does a lot of things for us."
Kinnard returned one game ago after missing five contests with a broken bone in his right foot. The freshman from Memphis, Tenn., was 5-of-10 from the floor and hit his only three-point attempt on the night.
The Blazers cooled off to 42 percent from the floor (21-of-50) after hitting for a season-high 63 percent in Wednesday's home win over Oklahoma State. UAB, however, left for Tampa just 12 hours after the conclusion of the game against the Cowboys and played USF just over 48 hours after winning over OSU.<
UAB returns home to open a three-game homestand against VCU at 7:30 p.m. CT Monday, Jan. 2.