Dec. 29, 2013
By: Steve Irvine, UABSports.com
After watching film and looking at stats, Alabama A&M men’s basketball head coach Willie Hayes knew his team had a difficult challenge on the boards in Sunday’s non-conference game at UAB. He got a first-hand look on what makes the Blazers such a good rebounding team in the 69-57 UAB victory at Bartow Arena.
“When those guys go to the glass, they are going hard,” Hayes said. “They are not standing there looking, hoping the ball will be outside. We knew that and didn’t take advantage of some of the opportunities where we could get rebounds and get to the outlets and score.”
UAB outrebounded Alabama A&M, 51-37, with 23 rebounds coming on the offensive end. It was the fifth time this season that UAB had at least 50 rebounds and the most offensive rebounds that the Blazers have grabbed in a game thus far. Robert Williams had a game-high 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. Chad Frazier, Jordan Swing and C.J. Washington each chipped in with six rebounds.
*UAB junior C.J. Washington said he’s back at full strength after being slowed earlier with a knee problem. Washington sat out during UAB’s win over Chattanooga on Dec. 18 before playing 34 minutes at LSU and 28 minutes on Sunday.
“It’s behind me,” said Washington, who had a game-high 19 points in Sunday’s win. “I did everything I needed to do for it. I did all the treatment to get it back to normal.”
*UAB got some quality minutes on Sunday from true freshmen Denzell Watts
, Tosin Mehinti
and Tyler Madison
. Watts had two points, two rebounds and two assists in 15 minutes. Mehinti contributed five points, three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal in 14 minutes and Madison chipped in with two points, a rebound and a blocked shot in eight minutes.
“We need to continue to develop and give those guys opportunities to play well,” said UAB head coach Jerod Haase. “I think all of the guys that were in there that weren’t the starters gave us some positives. But there was also a lot of things they’re going to see on tape that they need to improve on as well.”
*UAB improved to 9-0 against Alabama A&M after Sunday’s victory over the Bulldogs. The Blazers also improved to 8-0 on the season at Bartow Arena.
*UAB’s starters on Sunday were Chad Frazier, Robert Williams, Jordan Swing, Fahro Alihodzic and C.J. Washington. Missing from the starting lineup was Rod Rucker, who started the past 45 games for the Blazers. Rucker missed the first half of Sunday’s game because of a team violation.