Men's Basketball Welcomes Navy To Bartow Arena

Head Coach Jerod Haase and the Blazers are in search of their second win of the season

Nov. 18, 2012

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- The Blazers will welcome the Navy Midshipmen for a non-conference tilt inside Bartow Arena, set for Sunday at 3 p.m. CT.

Sunday’s game with the Midshipmen marks the first of four games for the Blazers that are part of the San Padre Island Invitational.  UAB will host Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, before heading to San Padre Island, Texas to play Illinois State on Fri., Nov. 23, and play either Northwestern or TCU on Sat., Nov. 24. 

Game Information
UAB (1-1) vs. Navy (2-1)
Game Time:  Sun., 3 p.m. CT
Location:  Birmingham, Ala. – Bartow Arena (8,500)
Radio:  WUHT 107.7 – David Crane (pxp), Steve Mitchell (analyst) 

The Series
UAB leads the all-time series, 1-0.
Last Meeting:  UAB 71, Navy 57 (12/18/82)
The Blazers defeated Navy, 71-57, at a neutral site playing in the Krystal Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

The Coaches
UAB:  Jerod Haase (Kansas, ’97)
Record at UAB:  1-1, first season
Overall Record:  1-1, first season 

Navy:  Ed DeChellis (Penn State, ’82)
Record at Navy:  5-27, second season
Overall Record:  224-258, 17th season

Last Time Out For UAB

No. 13 Creighton 77, UAB 60 (Omaha, Neb.)

The Blazers held a 10-point lead in the second half, 45-35, but the 13th-ranked Bluejays used a 17-0 run to escape with a victory.

Isiah Jones led the Blazers with 16 points, including hitting five 3-pointers.

Creighton’s Josh Jones spearheaded their second-half comeback, pouring in all 18 of his points after intermission.

On The Blazers

• UAB enters the weekend tilt vs. Navy with a 1-1 record, earning its win vs. Young Harris College at home and falling to No. 13 Creighton the road.

• UAB is averaging 82.5 ppg, as eight players are scoring 8.0 points or more per game.

• The Blazers are led in scoring by junior Jordan Swing (14.5 ppg), while JUCO transfer Rod Rucker tops in the team in rebounds (8.5 rbg).

• The Blazers have started the same five through the first two games:  Terence Jones, Robert Williams, Jordan Swing, Rod Rucker and Fahro Alihodzic.

• UAB is led by first-year head coach Jerod Haase, who spent the previous 13 seasons as an assistant under Roy Williams at both Kansas and North Carolina.

On The Midshipmen

• Navy hits the road for the first time in the 2012-13 season, entering Bartow Arena with a 2-1 record.

• The Midshipmen have nearly equaled their win total from last season, going 3-26 during the 2011-12 campaign.

• Navy earned wins vs. Marymount and Binghamton, sandwiched around an overtime loss to Siena.

• Tilman Dunbar leads Navy in scoring, averaging 12.3 ppg, and is the only player averaging in double figures.  The Midshipmen boast eight players scoring 5.7 ppg or more for the season.

• Defensively, Navy has done a solid job of holding its opponents in check, allowing just 51.3 ppg on 32.9 percent shooting from the floor.  Navy is averaging 66.3 ppg and shooting 41 percent as a team.

• Navy is led by second year head coach Ed DeChellis.  In his 17th season as a head coach, DeChellis has been the head coach at Navy, East Tennessee State and his alma mater, Penn State during his coaching career.


Blazers Ink Five To 2013-14 Signing Class

Tyler Madison, G, 6-4, Columbiana, Ala./Shelby County HS
Madison is a local product from nearby Shelby County High School. He was named the Birmingham News Shelby Player-of-the-Year last season and was an honorable mention all-state selection. As a junior for the Wildcats, he led all scorers and rebounders in the Birmingham area with averages of 27 points and 13 rebounds per game.

Tosin Mehinti, F, 6-9, Lithonia, Ga./Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy
Mehinti, who attends Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy in metro-Atlanta, has only been in the U.S. for just over two years. The native of Nigeria is rated as one of the top prospects in Georgia and was named a third-team preseason all-state selection for 2012-13.

C.J. Washington, F, 6-8, Augusta, Ga./Tallahassee CC
Washington, the lone junior college signee in the class, averaged double-digit scoring (12.7 ppg) in his freshman season at Tallahassee Community College. He connected on 57 percent of his shots and also pulled down 4.6 rebounds per game. A product of Augusta, Ga., Washington attended Butler High School where he led his team to the Georgia 3A-AAA state championship game. He scored over 1,000 points during his prep career.

Dayshawn Watkins, G, 6-0, North Little Rock, Ark./North Pulaski HS
Watkins is one of the most highly-touted prep backcourt prospects in Arkansas as he has twice been named All-State by the Arkansas Activities Association. Last season, he averaged 16 points and five assists per game. In addition, as a junior, he was named to the All-State Tournament team while attending North Pulaski High School. Now at North Little Rock High, Watkins has also been the point guard for the Arkansas Wings who won the AAU National Championship in Orlando, Fla.

Denzell Watts, G, 6-2, Flint, Mich./Carman-Ainsworth HS
Watts, now in his senior year at Flint Carman-Ainsworth High School, is coming off back-to-back outstanding seasons. He was named first-team all-state by Associated Press following his junior year when he averaged 20 points, six rebounds and six assists. He scored more than 30 points in three different games and had a high-point effort of 38 vs. Swartz Creek. Watts averaged 19.6 points, four rebounds and four assists as a sophomore and was an honorable mention all-state selection.

Men’s Basketball Named to 2013 Charleston Classic Field
UAB will play in the 2013 Charleston Classic presented by Foster Grant, ESPN Regional Television announced on Friday.

The Blazers are one of six teams confirmed for the eight-team field.  The event will be held next November at TD Arena in Charleston, S.C.

In addition to UAB, the other team participating in the sixth annual event will include Clemson, Georgia, Nebraska, New Mexico and Temple.

Balanced Attack
Over the course of the first two games, the UAB offense has showcased a great balance as eight players are averaging 8.0 or more points this season.  Jordan Swing has totaled the most points for the Blazers, scoring 29, for an average of 14.5 ppg.

Better From Beyond The Arc
So far in the 2012-13 season, UAB is actually shooting better from 3-point land than from inside the arc.  On 3-point attempts, the Blazers are shooting 46.3 percent (19-for-41), while on 2-point shots, shooting 46.2 percent (61-for-132). 

Sharp Shooting
Through just two ball games, UAB for the most part has been able to find the bottom of the net at a high efficiency.  Through four halves of play, the Blazers have shot 50 percent or better in three of them. 

Young Harris
1st Half:  50% (17-34)
2nd Half: 57.1% (20-35) 

1st Half: 50% (15-30)
2nd Half: 27.3% (9-33)

Hoopy Gets Hot
Isiah ‘Hoopy’ Jones recorded a career-high 16 points at No. 13 Creighton, making 5-of-8 shots from 3-point range. The Pulaski, Ill., native added a free throw for his career-best total, with 10 of his points coming in the first half.

All-American Shut Down
In the loss to Creighton, the Blazers’ defense was able to shut down one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball.  Preseason All-American Doug McDermott was held to just five points on 2-of-6 shooting.  It marked the first time McDermott was held under 10 points in 37 games.

Tough Six Minutes
With 17:07 remaining in the game at No. 13 Creighton, UAB held a 45-35 lead.  However, the Bluejays mounted an impressive comeback. The score would later knot up at 55-all with 10:55 left, but Creighton would go on a 15-0 run, keeping the UAB offense scoreless for nearly a six-minute-stretch as the Blazers would eventually fall, 77-60.