NOTEBOOK: UAB Falls In C-USA Battle

UABSPORTS.COM UAB's Denzell Watts has scored in double figures in two-straight games.
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UAB's Denzell Watts has scored in double figures in two-straight games.
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Feb. 15, 2014

Steve Irvine, UABSports.com

The stat sheet showed some positive things for the UAB men’s basketball team in Saturday night’s 86-80 loss to Tulane at Bartow Arena. The Blazers had 23 offensive rebounds, 10 steals and forced 17 turnovers.

But UAB head coach Jerod Haase was in no mood to be satisfied with a few positive numbers in the box score.

“The level of disappointment is extreme,” Haase said. “I’m sure there are positives on the stat sheet, but the level of frustration is extreme right now. Our margin of error is so small right now as a team. We have to take advantage of opportunities like free throws, extreme effort and rebounding. Those things need to be a positive for us and right now they are not.”

UAB only turned the 23 offensive rebounds into 20 points and shot just 63.4 percent from the free throw line.

*UAB freshman guard Denzell Watts scored in double digits for the second consecutive game. They are his only two double-digit scoring games this season.

Watts had 10 points on Saturday night after scoring 11 points in a win over Southern Miss on Thursday.

*C.J. Washington had a season-high four steals and tied his season best with three blocked shots. But it was a frustrating night for Washington on the offensive end. The 6-foot-8 junior made just 3-of-10 shots from the field, including 1-of-5 on 3-pointers, and 2-of-6 from the free throw line. He finished with nine points, which marked just the second time in the past six games he didn’t reach double figure scoring.

*UAB had more offensive rebounds (23) than it did defensive rebounds (19). Robert Williams grabbed eight offensive rebounds, which was the most he’s had this season. Williams had six offensive rebounds four times this season.


 

 

Tosin Mehinti is the only other UAB player to have at least eight offensive rebounds in a game this season. He grabbed eight boards on the offensive end in the regular-season opening win over Columbus State.

*Rod Rucker scored all 17 of his points after halftime. The 6-foot-5 senior was 5-of-9 from the field and 7-of-10 at the free throw line in the second half. He also had all nine of his rebounds and all three steals after halftime.