For the first time in program history, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team has won the Gulf South Conference Tournament championship, defeating Christian Brothers by a 58-43 score at The Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College on Sunday afternoon. The Chargers leave the GSC Tournament with a 26-3 record and a 17-game winning streak – the longest active stretch of wins in the country. Christian Brothers falls to 23-6.
Josh Magette led the Chargers as he scored 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and dished out five assists en route to taking home Most Outstanding Player honors, and he was joined on the all-tournament team by Jaime Smith.
After falling behind 7-2 in the game's first five minutes, the Chargers ripped off a 12-0 run that included seven points from Magette.
Though Christian Brothers responded and pulled back ahead at 6:14 remaining in the period, the Blue and White used another strong spurt – this time a 12-2 string of Charger points – to take a 28-19 advantage at the halftime break.
Scoring 14 points in the half, Magette went 6-for-10 from the field to help the team shoot 50.0 percent from the field, and the conference's Co-Player of the Year joined Xavier Baldwin as both hit a pair of 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes.
Two quick buckets from CBU's Zack Warner allowed the Bucs to pull back within five at 28-23 with 18:23 on the clock in the second half, but a beyond-the-arc dagger from Zane Campbell helped turn the momentum and spurred a 9-0 run that put the Chargers on top by 14 at 37-23 with 13:10 remaining.
The Blue and White's lead never shrunk back to single-digits from that point on as UAH led by as many as 17 during the closing minutes of the half.
For the game, the Chargers shot right at 50.0 percent while limiting Christian Brothers to hit just 16 of their 40 attempts in shooting 40.0 percent.
Zack Warner led the Bucs with 17 points, and the Chargers held the other part of the Co-Player of the Year honors in check as Scott Dennis scored just 10.
Joining Magette in double figures on the UAH side was Srdjan Boskovic who chipped in with 13 points on the night.
The Chargers will now almost certainly host the NCAA South Regional for a second straight year, and the entire field of 64 teams for the NCAA Tournament will be announced at 9:30 p.m. by the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee.