TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team produced a valiant effort Monday night against Alabama, falling just short by a 67-60 score in an exhibition at Coleman Coliseum.
With the Chargers within three and the clock running down in the final moments of the contest, Alabama missed a shot, but the put-back try was successful to unfortunately put an end to any hope of a possible repeat of last year's contest between the two teams that went into double overtime.
Jamie Smith led the way for the Chargers on the night, scoring an impressive 27 points on the strength of a 14-for-15 showing at the charity stripe.
Alabama led by as many as 14 in the first half as it shot at better than a 50 percent clip through much of opening stanza, but a pair of Smith 3-pointers keyed a 10-6 UAH run to pull the Chargers to within eight at 34-26 as the teams went into the halftime break.
In the second half, the Chargers held close as they only trailed by 10 on two occasions in the period as it kept the game within five points for much of the stanza, including pulling within three at 63-60 with just over a minute remaining left in the contest.
For the game, Alabama shot at a 49.1 percent clip while limiting the visitors to just a 38.8 percent showing from the field. UAH was just 5-of-19 from long-range on the evening, while the Crimson Tide made seven of its 17 attempts from 3-point land.
Smith was the only UAH player to register double figures in scoring, though Josh Magette and Xavier Baldwin both chipped in with nine. Magette – a preseason All-American – matched Zane Campbell to lead the team with six rebounds while he also dished out a game-high five assists.
The Chargers will next hit the hardwood when it opens the regular season at home against Fisk on Monday, Nov. 14. Tip-off at Spragins Hall is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.