Wayne Dedrick scored a career-best 36 points, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team held on for a thrilling 89-86 over host North Alabama on Saturday afternoon at Flowers Hall. The win improves UAH to 10-7 (6-4 Gulf South Conference), while UNA slips to 10-8 (4-6 GSC).
Scoring 23 of his 36 in the first half, Dedrick finished the night hitting 13 shots from the field including a strong 5-of-10 from beyond the arc while also collecting a team-best eight rebounds, and the scoring output marks the best performance by a Charger this season.
UAH would end up needing all of Dedrick's points as the hosts would battle back from a 14-point deficit in the second half and pull to within one on a pair of occasions late in the game, but with the Chargers clinging to a 74-73 lead at the 3:54 mark, UAH would go on a critical 9-2 run to make it 83-75 with just over 1:30 left in the game.
The run was spurred by a clutch 3-pointer from Spencer Palmer and included an old-fashioned 3-point play by Dedrick.
UNA would pull to as close as two in the closing moments, but Greg Gardner and Conner Blasi made key free throws down the stretch to seal the victory for the visitors as UAH ran its winning streak to a season-best four games.
Dedrick led four Chargers who finished the night in double figures with Seab Webster scoring 13 and Ronnie Mack and Blasi both adding 10.
UAH started the contest out strong, stampeding out to an 11-0 lead with a run that was started by electrifying dunks from Webster and Blasi that thrilled the large contingent of UAH fans that made the short trip here from the Rocket City.
The strong beginning led to UAH shooting nearly 60 percent for the opening 20 minutes, and the squad finished the night with a field goal percentage of 55.2 percent while UNA connected on 46.3 percent of its attempts. UAH also hit 10 3-pointers in the game to move its record to 8-3 when recording at least 10 triples.
On the glass, UAH outrebounded UNA by a 41-31 clip with Garrett Cosgrove joining Dedrick with a strong night as he grabbed a career-best seven boards.
North Alabama had six players score in double figures with Marquel Darrington pacing the team with 19 points, and UNA ensured that it would stay in the game by capitalizing on UAH turnovers, outscoring UAH 31-16 on points off turnovers.
The Chargers will aim to continue their winning ways when they remain on the road Thursday as the team will travel to Christian Brothers. Tip-off in Memphis is slated for 7 p.m.