Huntsville, Ala. - Remaining perfect in Gulf South Conference play, the No. 3 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team knocked off visiting Christian Brothers 71-61 at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall on Thursday evening. The win improves the Chargers to 12-1 (5-0 GSC), while the Bucs slip to 8-4 (3-1 GSC).
The win marks the 10th in a row for the Blue and White which ties for the third-longest streak of victories in program history. The 2009-10 team featured a 10-game streak, also, while the 2010-11 squad won 11 straight. Last year's team won 20 consecutive to own the longest period of consecutive wins.
The contest started off slowly as neither team was able to generate much offensively, and UAH did not record its first field goal until a Jaime Smith layup over four minutes into the contest. Neither team built up more than a four-point lead in the half, and it was the Chargers who owned the advantage at the break as Waynde Dedrick made a layup fall at the buzzer to produce a 30-28 score.
Critical to the team's performance in the opening half, Zane Campbell was strong inside as he scored 15 of his 17 points in the period to help his team outscore the Bucs by a 16-4 margin in the paint during the first 20 minutes.
The performance of Campbell in the opening half allowed the UAH perimeter game to excel in the second period after the team converted on just one of its four tries from downtown in the first half.
With Christian Brothers leading 43-37 with 13:02 left in the contest – the largest lead the team would enjoy on the night – the Chargers hit five consecutive 3-pointers during a 15-2 run over four minutes that turned the deficit into a 52-45 advantage for the home team at 8:03.
Both Dedrick and Andrew Donovan hit two of the triples while Smith added the other.
Dedrick would hit another pair down the stretch as the Chargers led by as many as 13 in the waning moments of the contest, and the freshman finished the night would 14 points and five rebounds, joining Campbell and Smith – who led the team with 22 points and six assists – in double figures.
The Chargers outshot Christian Brothers 44.9 percent to 42.0 percent, and the squad also outrebounded the Bucs 33-26 on the night. Both teams protected the basketball, committing just eight turnovers each – a season-low for UAH.
Behind the 14 from Dedrick and nine from Donovan, the UAH bench outscored CBU's 23-15.
Continuing play in the Rocket City, the Chargers will welcome Delta State on Saturday at 7:00 PM.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations