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The No. 3 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team survived an upset attempt from visiting Trevecca Nazarene at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall on Saturday night, hanging on for a 66-59 victory.
The visitors tied the game at 52-52 with 5:13 remaining, but the Chargers closed the contest on a 14-7 run to pick up the win. Greatly aiding his team's cause, Jaime Smith hit two of his six 3-pointers during the final minutes, nailed a pair of free throws late, and assisted on another basket.
Though the team committed 23 turnovers – the most since an overtime loss at West Georgia on Jan. 7 of last season – the Chargers were able to win thanks to their hot shooting. Building up a 34-23 advantage at the half, the hosts shot at a 60 percent clip in the period and finished the game going 23-for-43 (53.5 percent) from the field.
The Trojans connected on 25 of their 50 shots, but the difference in the game was 3-point shooting as the visitors could not recover from a 1-for-9 showing from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes. UAH, however, nailed 10 of their 20 long-range attempts in the victory.
Smith led a quartet of Chargers with 20 points. Zane Campbell scored 13 and grabbed six rebounds, while Wayne Dedrick matched Campbell on the glass while chipping in with 12 points. Ronnie Mack added 10.
Marquise Rudolph paced Trevecca Nazarene with 22 on the evening.
The Chargers will return to action at the NIT Season Tip-Off on Monday when they play Cleveland State at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.