NOTEBOOK: UAB Downs Florida A&M On Wednesday

UABSPORTS.COM Rod Rucker 17 points and recorded 8 rebounds on Wednesday.
Rod Rucker 17 points and recorded 8 rebounds on Wednesday.

Nov. 27, 2013

By Steve Irvine,

UAB point guard Chad Frazier scored in double figures in each of the Blazers’ seven games this season. His latest double-digit output came on Wednesday when he had 17 points in UAB’s 85-73 win over Florida A&M at Bartow Arena.

Afterward, though, the 6-foot-4 junior college transfer was frustrated with the nine turnovers he committed during the game. When asked where he needed to improve, Frazier, who is averaging 18.4 points per game, quickly answered “turning the ball over.”

Frazier said most of his turnovers come from being “overaggressive,” and getting “in a hurry” at times on the court.

UAB head coach Jerod Haase is pleased with Frazier’s play thus far but is also is working toward helping Frazier limit the turnovers.

“We’re going to talk about it,” said Haase, whose team improved to 5-2. “I want him attacking but he’s attacking, at times, at the wrong time.”

*Freshman forward Tosin Mehinti didn’t score in Wednesday’s game but he did make an impact with six rebounds and two blocked shots. The 6-foot-9 Mehinti has at least one blocked shot in each of the past four games and leads the team with seven blocks.

*UAB outrebounded Florida A&M, 49-34, on Wednesday. The Blazers had 19 offensive rebounds and turned those into 15 second chance points. The Rattlers had 10 offensive rebounds and nine second-chance points. C.J. Washington and Rod Rucker shared team-high honors with eight rebounds and Fahro Alihodzic had seven rebounds.



*The Blazers did a great job of getting to the free throw line on Wednesday. UAB shot a season-high 49 free throws but made just 29. Florida A&M (1-5) committed 36 fouls while the Blazers were whistled for 14 fouls. The Rattlers were 11-of-14 from the free throw line.

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