NOTEBOOK: UAB Once Again Strong Against Troy

Redshirt senior Robert Williams scored in double figures (12 points) on Thursday.

Nov. 14, 2013

C.J. Washington led UAB in scoring in each of the Blazers’ three games thus far. But the 6-foot-8 junior said he doesn’t feel any pressure to carry the scoring load. 

“It’s real helpful because they can’t have a scouting report to stop this person or that person,” Washington said. “We have five people that’s starting who can score and people coming off the bench that can get buckets for us as well.”

After three games, UAB has four double figure scorers. Washington leads the way at 20 points per game, followed by Chad Frazier (12 ppg), Rod Rucker (11.6 ppg) and Fahro Alihodzic (10.6 ppg). Robert Williams is averaging 9 points per game and Jordan Swing scores 8.3 ppg.

UAB had four double-figure scorers in each of the first three games.

*UAB was nearly perfect from the free throw line on Thursday night, hitting 16-of-17 free throws. The Blazers set a school single game record with the 94.1 percent success from the line, snapping the old mark of 93.8 percent (15-of-16) against USF in 2006. 

Chad Frazier (6-of-6), Fahro Alihodzic (2-of-2), Rod Rucker (2-of-2), Jordan Swing (3-of-3) and Preston Purifoy (2-of-2) were all perfect from the line. Tosin Mehinti, who was 1-of-2, was the lone UAB player to miss a free throw. The Blazers made just 65.9 percent of their free throws in the first two regular season games.



*Senior Robert Williams started 32 of the team’s 33 games last season. This year, though, Williams is coming off the bench. UAB head coach Jerod Haase said Williams has no complaints about his new role.

“He’s unbelievable,” Haase said. “He’s the team captain. After one of our games, (maybe) the exhibition, he didn’t play a ton and came up to me and said ‘Coach, whatever you need me to do, I’m all in.’ Right now he’s playing great.”

Williams contributed 20 points and 17 rebounds during the two games the Blazers played this week. Eight of his rebounds came on the offensive end. 

*UAB improved to 7-0 in the series against Troy and by double digits for the sixth time. The average margin of victory in the series is 15 points and the lone single-digit victory was a 73-68 triumph in 2008.

*UAB started the same lineup for the third successive game. The starters for the Blazers were Chad Frazier, Jordan Swing, Rod Rucker, C.J. Washington and Fahro Alihodzic.

*The Blazers start 3-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 team won its first four games.