Withstanding a strong second-half push from the
opposition, the No. 13 University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball
team knocked off host Shorter by an 80-69 score on Saturday afternoon. The
Chargers improve to 14-3 (7-2 Gulf South Conference), while the Hawks slip to
12-5 (6-3 GSC).
UAH led for more than 33 minutes in the contest, but Shorter used a 15-3 run in the middle portion of the second half to cut what had been a 54-39 advantage for the Chargers to a three-point, 57-54 lead with 9:05 left in the contest.
On this night, the Chargers had an answer.
A pair of Ronnie Mack triples sparked a 15-4 run that allowed UAH to push its lead back out to 72-60 with 4:28 left, and the team would not allow Shorter to pull any closer than within seven in the final minutes as the Chargers went 6-for-8 from the charity stripe in the closing minutes.
The Mack treys were two of the four he would hit on the night, helping the team hit a strong 12 shots from beyond the arc, and the sophomore would finish the night with a team-best 18 points.
Helping the Chargers build up a 40-31 advantage at the halftime break, Wayne Dedrick hit three treys in the first half en route to totaling 14 on the night. Jaime Smith also knocked down three shots from beyond the arc in the contest to score 17 as he was also a perfect 6-for-6 at the free throw line.
Zane Campbell rounded out the team's double-figure scorers as he scored 13, and the senior collected 10 rebounds to notch the first double-double of the season for a Charger.
UAH outshot the visitors by a 40.8 percent to 35.9 percent margin, but Kenny Leverette led Shorter – and all scorers in the contest – with 22 points.
The Hawks won the battle on the glass as they picked up 42 rebounds compared to UAH's 34.
The Chargers will return to action on Thursday as they continue the three-game road trip with a voyage to West Georgia.