Feb. 14, 2014
Steve Irvine, UABSports.com
Chad Frazier did a lot of things to help UAB beat Southern Miss, 84-60, in a Conference USA game on Thursday night at Bartow Arena. Perhaps none of his contributions were more important than the way he took care of the basketball.
Frazier committed just one turnover while playing 37 minutes against one of the best defensive teams in C-USA. He finished with 10 assists and just the one turnover, which impressed UAB head coach Jerod Haase.
“It came from making simple plays, not trying to do too much, playing within himself and still playing aggressively,” Haase said. “That’s one of the keys of the game that I wrote on the board beforehand was attack but attack under control. I thought that’s what he did. To have a 10-to-1 assist to turnover ratio against that team is phenomenal.”
Southern Miss head coach Donnie Tyndall came away impressed.
“Frazier completely and total dominated the game with 20 points and one turnover,” Tyndall said. “To his credit, he was exceptional.”
*Freshman Tyler Madison made his most significant contribution this season in Thursday’s win. The 6-foot-4 Shelby County High product tied a season-high with four points, making both of his shots from the field, and added two rebounds and a blocked shot.
“Tyler is a guy that provides energy,” Haase said. “He earned (playing time) in practice this week. He was phenomenal in practice. He provided an unbelievable amount of energy (in the game). He was getting to offensive rebounds. He really gave us a spark.”
*UAB’s 22 assists was the second highest total for in a game for the Blazers this season. The Blazers dished out 23 assists in a win over Texas-San Antonio on Jan. 16. Frazier’s 10 assists led the way and four players combined for the other 12 assists. Rod Rucker, Robert Williams, Denzell Watts and Jordan Swing each had three assists.
“In practice, we are out there and the White team is pushing us,” Washington said. “They make us go hard. They foul us. They make us better. Tonight, we came out ready to do it.”
Haase said the White team, which is made up of the reserves, was “unbelievable in these three days preparing us.”