HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – In a battle between two of the country's top teams, the No. 15 University of Alabama in Huntsville defeated No. 11 Christian Brothers in a Sunday afternoon contest at Spragins Hall behind the strength of the country's third triple-double this season. The 74-65 victory puts UAH atop the Gulf South Conference standings at 14-3 (5-1 GSC), and the Bucs fall to 15-3 (5-1 GSC).
Josh Magette broke the GSC's all-time career assist record in fantastic fashion on the day, recording Division II's third triple-double of the year as he notched 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. The senior from Birmingham, Ala., now owns 745 assists on his career to break the 33-year-old mark of 737.
The hosts started slowly out of the gates, allowing Christian Brothers to build up a 14-8 lead just over eight minutes into the game, but the six-point advantage would be the largest of the day for the visitors.
A seven-point spurt started by a trey from Ronnie Mack and punctuated by a jumper from Magette put the Chargers on top for the first time at 15-14 with 9:24 remaining in the opening half. After allowing the Bucs to regain the lead at 23-20 with 5:55 left, the Chargers went on a 9-2 run over the next 3:48 to take a 29-25 lead, and the squad went into the locker room at the half up 29-27.
Zane Campbell scored seven of the team's nine points coming out of the break to put the Blue and White up 38-30 just over four minutes into the second stanza, and the lead grew to 44-35 at the 14:00 mark as Campbell nailed a trey. However, Christian Brothers would not leave the Rocket City without putting up a second-half challenge.
A 12-4 run all but erased the deficit for the Bucs as UAH led by just one at 48-47 at the midway point of the period, and the visitors pulled to within one twice more down the stretch but ultimately could pull no closer as a 15-3 run over the game's waning minutes allowed the Chargers to push out to their biggest lead of the night at 71-58 with just under two minutes left.
The team received three strong performances in the final 20 minutes as Campbell scored 15 of his game-best 23 points in the period, while Magette scored 13 of his 21. All 10 of Jaime Smith's points came in the half as well as the junior responded well from a slow start.
Campbell also collected four blocks on the day, and Smith dished out four helpers as the team recorded helpers on 20 of its 25 made shots.
UAH outshot the Bucs by a 55.6 percent to 46.9 percent clip, and the Chargers dominated the battle on the glass as they doubled up CBU by collecting 34 rebounds to just 17 boards for the guests.
Able to take a couple of days off, the Chargers have no midweek contest this week and will return to action next Saturday as they travel to Florence, Ala., to take on rival North Alabama at 3 p.m.