HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Falling at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall for the first time in over a year, the No. 3 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team dropped a 59-53 decision to visiting Delta State on Saturday night. The Chargers slip to 12-2 (5-1 Gulf South Conference), while DSU improves to 5-8 (1-4 GSC).
The loss marks the first for UAH in Division II play this season and snaps a 10-game winning streak.
For the second consecutive contest, the Chargers started off sluggishly as Delta State opened the game on a 12-3 run, but UAH would answer with 17 consecutive points to grab a 20-12 lead with 5:39 left in the first half en route to owning a 27-16 edge at the half.
Though Delta State would quickly trim the deficit to just 27-21 less than a minute into the second stanza, Jaime Smith would hit three straight 3-pointers to push the advantage back out to 11 at 36-25 at the 16:43 mark of the second half.
At that point, the shots stopped falling for UAH as the hosts would hit just four more field goals the rest of the way as the team shot 30.4 percent in the second half to finish with a similar 30.2 percent performance from the field for the game.
Smith paced the team yet again as he tallied 18 points including a perfect 9-for-9 showing at the charity stripe. Wayne Dedrick was the only other Charger to notch double figures as he scored 13.
Delta State's Terry Leake led four in double figures for the Statesmen with 16 points as DSU connected on 43.8 percent of its attempts. Leake aided the team in outscoring UAH by a 16-6 clip in the paint. The Statesmen also held a wide advantage on the glass, outrebounding the hosts 39-28.
The Chargers did protect the ball on this evening, committing just 10 turnovers while converting the Statesmen's 16 into 24 points.
UAH will aim to bounce back from the setback when it travels to Union on Thursday.
Courtesy: UAH Media Relations