December 3, 2013 at 3:46 AM CST - Updated July 25 at 1:25 PM
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Behind a record-breaking performance from beyond the arc, the University of Alabama in Huntsville defeated visiting Tennessee Wesleyan by a 111-78 score at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall on Monday night in men's basketball action. The Chargers improve to 4-3 on the year, while TWC slips to 6-5.
UAH used a long-range assault to win the game, hitting a program-best 26 3-pointers to break the old mark of 20 that was set on Jan. 3, 1998, in a contest against West Florida.
The 111 points marks the highest scoring output since the team scored 148 in double overtime against Tennessee Temple in the 1990-91 season.
Ronnie Mack hit eight of the team's triples – including a perfect 5-for-5 performance in the second half – to lead the team with 24 points, while Wayne Dedrick hit six first-half 3-pointers en route to tallying 22 on the night. Adding five treys and scoring 19 was Garrett Cosgrove, and Caleb Duke rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points.
The contest was tightly contested in the opening minutes as the guests led by as many as eight near the midway point of the first half, but the Chargers would dominate the remainder of the period and went into the locker room holding a 56-44 lead.
Behind a strong start to the second half, Tennessee Wesleyan would narrow the gap to 60-56 at the 16:37 mark of the second half, but four consecutive 3-pointers would push the Chargers ahead by 16 at 72-56 with 14:33 remaining – a lead that would remain comfortable the rest of the way.
Each of the 12 players in the Charger lineup scored, and seven recorded 3-pointers as 26 of the team's 38 made field goals were from downtown. Its best shooting performance of the season, UAH connected on 38 of its 68 attempts to shoot 55.9 percent on the night.
Led by Greg Gardner's nine helpers, the Chargers shared the ball well against the Bulldogs, registering a strong 32 assists on the 38 made shots.
The Bulldogs were strong from downtown, also, as the Shannon Smith scored a game-best 26 on the strength of six three-pointers to lead the visitors.
UAH will step away from game action with exams starting, and the team will return to action when it opens conference play when West Alabama visits on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Gulf South Conference contest is slated to start at 5 p.m.