OAKLAND CITY, Ind. – Conner Blasi registered a career-best scoring performance, Jaime Smith once again scored over 20 points, and the No. 6 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team picked up its 13th straight win as it defeated Oakland City 96-78 on Monday night. The Chargers improve to 22-3 on the season while the Oaks fall to 17-8.
The victory extends what it is a program-best winning streak.
The hosts took advantage of a weary UAH squad that had travelled to town Sunday night from Memphis after clinching the Gulf South Conference with a stunning comeback over Christian Brothers and scored the game's first 10 points before Smith hit a trey at the 16:49 mark to put the Blue and White on the board.
Oakland City's lead would grow to as large as 11 points, but a 24-8 UAH run eventually put the Chargers in front of the Oaks 36-31 with five minutes left in the period, and the team finished the half strong to lead 49-37 at the break.
The nation's sixth-ranked team maintained its lead through the second half, only allowing Oakland City to pull back within single digits on three occasions while building up as much as a 20-point advantage in the game's closing minutes.
Six Chargers scored in double figures, led by Smith's 21 as he hit four 3-pointers on the night. Zane Campbell scored 13 and grabbed a team-best six bounds, while Josh Magette scored 10 and dished out eight assists.
The bench was responsible for 38 of the team's points on the night as Blasi went 5-for-7 from the floor and was a perfect 6-for-6 at the charity stripe while scoring a career-best 16 points in his home state. Adding 12 was Ronnie Mack, and Andrew Donovan missed on just one of his field goal attempts en route to scoring 10.
On the night, the Chargers shot at a 57.4 percent clip from the floor including hitting 12 of their 26 attempts from downtown, and the squad held Oakland City to a shooting percentage of 47.2 percent. UAH took the rebounding battle by a 36-22 margin including collecting 10 rebounds on the offensive glass.
Already assured of the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament, the Chargers will return home to close out the regular season with a Saturday meeting against North Alabama. The contest is slated for 7 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early for what is expected to be a large crowd.