Jan. 25, 2013
Blazing First Half Leads UAB Past Houston, 80-69
UAB lit up the scoreboard for 50 points in the first half and held on to defeat the Houston Cougars, 80-69, at Bartow Arena on Wednesday night.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The UAB men's basketball team returns to the court on Saturday at 5 p.m. CT to battle the Houston Cougars in Houston, Texas at the Hofheinz Pavilion.
UAB (8-11, 0-4 C-USA)
vs. Houston (12-6, 1-4 C-USA)
Date: January 26, 2013
Time: 5 p.m. CT
Location: Houston, Texas
Venue: Hofheinz Pavilion
Video: All-Access (UABsports.com)
Radio: WUHT-FM 107.7
Talent: David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst)
Live Stats: GameTracker (UABsports.com)
Twitter Updates: @UABathletics
UAB leads 18-5
Last Meeting: UAB 80, Houston 69 (2/1/12)
UAB: Jerod Haase (Kansas, '97)
Record at UAB: 8-11 (1st season)
Career Record: 8-11 (1st season)
UH: James Dickey (Central Arkansas, '76)
Record at UH: 39-39 (third season)
Career Record: 192-172 (13th season)
On The Blazers
> UAB enters Saturday’s game with a record of 8-11 overall and 0-4 in C-USA games after falling at home, 91-85, to East Carolina inside Bartow Arena on Wednesday.
> In the loss, four UAB players scored in double figures, led by Rod Rucker, who posted his eighth double-double of the season with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
> The Blazers received great bench production against ECU, as Jordan Swing and Quincy Taylor combined for all 30 points as non-starters. Taylor’s 14 points marked a season-high.
> Preston Purifoy missed his first free throw at home in the game against ECU, snapping a streak of 31 straight free throws made inside Bartow Arena. He ranks second in C-USA in free throw percentage (91.8), trailing only UH’s Joseph Young (93.0).
> After putting up 85 points vs. ECU, UAB now ranks fourth in C-USA in scoring averaging 73.4 ppg. The Blazers have surpassed the 70-point mark 11 times this season.
> UAB ranks second in the conference in assists per game, dishing out 16.5 as a team, with five players totaling 25 or more helpers this year. Against ECU, the Blazers recorded 22 assists.
> Rod Rucker tops the team in points (14.1) and rebounds (8.4) per game and has posted a team-best eight double-doubles on the season.
On The Cougars
> Houston enters Saturday with a record of 12-6 and 1-4 against league competition. In their most recent game, the Cougars fell to Tulsa, 87-72, at home.
> The UH owns one of most explosive offenses in the league, scoring 77.5 ppg, the second highest average in C-USA.
> UH has three players that rank in the top-15 in the conference in scoring, led by Joseph Young (16.9), who sits fourth in the league in points.
> In the post, TaShawn Thomas has been a force, averaging a double-double (15.7 ppg, 10 rbg). Thomas ranks second in C-USA in rebounds per game and tied for first in blocks per contest (2.1).
Switching Up The Starters
Through the first 18 games of the 2012-13 season, UAB started the same five players -- G Terence Jones, G Robert Williams, F Jordan Swing, F Rod Rucker and C Fahro Alihodzic. Against East Carolina, there was a switch in the lineup with Preston Purifoy replacing Swing as a starting forward.
Big Boost From Bench
Against ECU, UAB received a big boost off the bench from Jordan Swing and Quincy Taylor who combined to score 30 points. Swing went 7-for-14 from the floor, totaling 16 points, while Taylor poured in a season-high 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting and going 4-for-5 from beyond the arc. His four 3-pointers tied a career-high.
The 30 bench points was the second highest total for the Blazers this season. UAB totaled 34 points off the bench in a 105-59 season-opening victory over Young Harris College on Nov. 10.
Purifoy's Free Throw Streak Ends
Preston Purifoy entered the contest vs. ECU a perfect 31-for-31 at the foul line at home. The junior missed his first of two attempts at the line against the Pirates snapping his streak.
On the season, Purifoy is shooting 91.8 percent from the line, making 45 of 48 attempts. His free throw percentage ranks second in C-USA, trailing only Houston's Joseph Young.
After being held to a season-low four points and six rebounds at Southern Miss, Rod Rucker rebounded, literally, against East Carolina. The junior grabbed 12 boards and scored a game-high 20 points for his eighth double-double of the season and fourth double-double in his last five games.