The fourth-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season in fantastic fashion on Saturday night, defeating in-state rival North Alabama by a 90-68 score in front of 2,563 enthusiastic fans who came out to see the last regular season home contest for seniors Srdjan Boskovic and Josh Magette. The Chargers move to 23-3 (13-1 Gulf South Conference) while UNA falls to 15-11 (7-7 GSC).
The win is UAH’s 14th in a row.
The senior duo went out in style as Magette recorded his second triple-double of the season with 14 points, a career-best 13 rebounds, and 10 assists, and Boskovic poured in 13 while grabbing eight rebounds.
Not including action on Saturday, Magette’s feat would make him the only player across all NCAA divisions to have two triple-doubles.
The team started out hot, outscoring the visitors from Florence by a 20-5 clip over the game’s first eight minutes, but a 15-2 run for the Lions pulled UNA within two at 22-20 with 9:05 left until the halftime break.
The game would remain close with the Lions pulling back within two on a pair of occasions down the stretch in the opening frame, but UAH ended the half with a 13-5 run and led 49-37 going into the locker room.
Both Boskovic and Magette were strong in the first 20 minutes as Boskovic scored 10 of his points in the frame, and Magette had eight points, eight rebounds, nine assists, three steals and no turnovers.
The success for the Chargers continued into the second half as the Lions could only cut the game to single digits twice in the middle of the half, but the Blue and White pulled away and led by as many as 24 points as the Chargers had six players scored in double figures on the night.
Magette was joined by Zane Campbell in leading the team with 14 points, while Conner Blasi was strong yet again with 12 points. Connecting on three treys, Ronnie Mack chipped in with 11, and Jaime Smith scored 10.
The Chargers outshot UNA by a 55.7 percent to 44.6 percent margin, and UAH won the rebounding battle by a 41-24 clip.
Dominating the game inside, the Chargers scored 44 points in the paint compared to just 22 for the Lions, and UAH capitalized on 15 turnovers by the Lions and scored 22 points off of the miscues. Additionally, the Chargers grabbed 10 offensive boards and scored 16 second chance points.
The Chargers will now turn their attention to the Gulf South Conference tournament where they will face the No. 8 seed Delta State on Friday, March 2.
Courtesy UAH Media Relations