HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Five players scored in double figures, and the No. 4 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team defeated visiting Tennessee Temple 99-84 at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall on Monday night. The Chargers improve to 8-1 on the year with the triumph, and the Crusaders fall to 7-5.
Jaime Smith led the hosts as he scored 24 points including a strong 8-for-9 showing at the charity stripe. Behind Smith was Zane Campbell who poured in 18 on an 8-for-10 performance from the field, while Wayne Dedrick was good for 16 off the bench. Xavier Baldwin's 12 and Ronnie Mack's 10 rounded out the UAH scorers who tallied double digits.
Smith dished out a team-best seven assists, while Greg Gardner picked up six helpers as the team finished with 25 on the night.
The game was a tight affair through the first 10 minutes of the contest, but with the Chargers holding a slim 24-23 advantage at the 9:17 mark, the team would go on an 18-5 run over the next four minutes to push the lead out to 42-28 at 5:37.
UAH would lead by as many as 19 in the period en route to holding a 54-35 edge at the halftime break. The strong opening stanza was aided by a shooting performance that saw the team shoot over 60 percent for much of the time before closing out the half hitting 59.4 percent – including going 8-for-19 from 3-point land.
The strong performance continued into the second half as the Chargers built up as large as a 36-point lead near the halfway point of the period as the squad finished with 12 treys on the night.
Tennessee Temple, however, would outscore UAH by a 49-45 margin in the half to cut into the deficit and produce the 99-84 final.
The Chargers finished the game shooting 56.7 percent while limiting the Crusaders to a 45.7 percent success rate from the floor. The battle on the glass was won by the visitors by a 40-31 margin.
UAH will be off now until Dec. 30 when Tuskegee visits. The Chargers won an 81-66 decision earlier this season at the West Florida Thanksgiving Classic.