HUNTSVILLE, Ala. –
Overcoming a halftime deficit, the fourth-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team turned in a strong second half and picked up a 69-60 victory over visiting West Alabama on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The victory moves the Chargers to 6-1 (2-0 Gulf South Conference), and UWA slips to 3-4 (0-2 GSC).
UAH protected the basketball on this evening, turning the ball over just nine times, and the team capitalized on UWA’s 18 miscues by scoring 24 points off of the Tiger giveaways.
With the Chargers struggling to get shots to fall through much of the first 20 minutes and UWA hitting over 50 percent for a good portion of the period, West Alabama was able to lead by as many as eight points in the first half as the team seemingly had an answer each time the Chargers attempted to pull close – including a wild, minute-long stretch that saw the teams exchange four 3-pointers.
UAH’s two treys in that stretch came from Wayne Dedrick
who finished the night with four to notch 16 points.
The West Alabama squad continued to have answers, even after Ronnie Mack
hit a long-range shot to put the Chargers on top 27-26 near the five minute mark, closing out the period on a 13-5 run to take a 39-32 edge into the locker room at the break.
The second half, however, was a different story.
With the visitors on top 41-34, UAH went on a 12-2 run that was punctuated by a Jaime Smith
3-pointer and a trip to the charity stripe that saw Smith hit three free throws – a series of events that tied the contest and then put the Blue and White up 46-43 with 13:17 remaining in the contest.
UAH would never trail again, building up as much as a 15-point advantage en route to the victory.
Smith would lead the Chargers, scoring 20 including a perfect 7-for-7 outing at the free throw line. Joining Smith and Dedrick in double figures, Mack scored 11 and Xavier Baldwin
added 10. Zane Campbell
chipped in with eight while leading the team with eight rebounds.
West Alabama finished the night outshooting and outrebounding the Chargers, hitting 43.1 percent of its shots compared to 41.7 percent for UAH and holding a 41-27 edge on the glass.
The Chargers now see the schedule slow down considerably with just three games remaining in December. They will next be in action on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Trevecca Nazarene in Nashville, Tenn.