MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. – The No. 4 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team fell in its final game of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off, losing 68-54 to Bowling Green at the Sewall Center on the campus of Robert Morris University. The Chargers fall to 2-1, and the Falcons improve to 2-3.
The Chargers started the contest on fire as Conner Blasi scored six points in the first 4:35 of the game to quickly push the team out to a 9-2 start, and the lead would eventually grow to as many as eight when UAH made it 21-13 on a pair of Andrew Donovan free throws at the 8:58 mark.
Aided by a 6-for-11 performance from beyond the arc in the period, the Falcons would outscore UAH 24-10 through the rest of the half, however, to take a 37-31 lead into the break.
Though the Blue and White would fall behind by as many as 13 points at 49-36 at the 12:00 mark, the Chargers would trim the deficit to 53-48 by the time 7:53 showed on the clock. All of UAH's buckets on the 12-4 run were treys including a pair by Wayne Dedrick.
Dedrick would finish the night with 13 points, one shy of the team-best showing from Blasi who chipped in with 14 on the strength of a 7-for-10 performance from the field.
Unfortunately, the Falcons would score the next eight points en route to regaining the 13-point advantage and securing the victory.
After shooting 52.2 percent in the first half, UAH was limited by the Bowling Green defensive effort and shot just 29.2 percent in the second stanza for a game total of 40.4 percent. The Falcons connected on 43.6 percent of their attempts for the game, and the team outscored UAH 14-2 in second chance points.
UAH will return to action on Friday as the team travels to Pensacola, Fla., to take on Tuskegee at the West Florida Thanksgiving Classic.