HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The ninth-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team fell to visiting North Alabama on Saturday night, dropping an 81-71 decision at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers slide to 13-3 (6-2 Gulf South Conference), while UNA moves to 12-3 (5-2 GSC).
Coupled with the loss last week against Delta State, UAH has suffered consecutive home setbacks for the first time since the 2007-08 season.
The Chargers began the game with a terrific start, scoring the first nine points of the contest en route to eventually holding a 17-point lead with the score 30-13 at the 8:37 mark after Xavier Baldwin hit a triple to give UAH what would be the largest lead of the night for the hosts.
Responding with a strong end to the first half, the Lions would close the gap to just six at 42-36 at the halftime break.
Wayne Dedrick hit three treys in the period, scoring all 13 of his points in the stanza to help the Chargers shoot 48.1 percent in the half.
Unfortunately, UNA would bounce back from hitting just 27.8 percent of its shots in the opening 20 minutes by shooting 51.6 percent in the second half, helping the Lions outscore UAH by a 45-29 margin in the frame.
The guests first took the lead with 8:30 left in the contest, moving in front 61-60. After a pair of free throws extended the lead to three for the Lions, Ronnie Mack would hit a triple to tie the contest at 63-63 with 7:31 remaining.
The Lions would go back up by four when Rashaun Claiborne slammed home two of his game-high 19 points with 6:20 on the clock, but Jaime Smith kept his team in it as he hit consecutive 3-pointers to put UAH up 69-67 at the 5:19 mark.
Taking control of the closing minutes, North Alabama would end the game on a 14-2 run to pick up the 81-71 victory.
Smith paced the Chargers for the eighth consecutive game as he hit four 3-pointers to score 16 points, while Zane Campbell matched Dedrick's performance by pouring in 13. Finishing the night with nine points, Mack grabbed a team-best seven rebounds to lead the team in boards for the second game in a row.
UNA outshot the Chargers by a 38.8 percent to 38.1 percent margin, and the Lions also held a 50-37 advantage on the glass.
Off until next Saturday, UAH will look to bounce back when it travels to Shorter for a 3 p.m. contest in Rome, Ga.