HUNTSVILLE | Snapping its three-game skid, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team picked up a strong home win on Monday night, defeating visiting Delta State 73-61 at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 10-4 (5-3 Gulf South Conference), while Delta State slips to 7-6 (4-3 GSC).
Five players scored in double figures for the hosts, and Preston Herring led the way as he muscled his way to a 17-point, eight-rebound performance. The junior from Lester, Alabama, was particularly physical inside in the contest, and his strong play earned him 16 free throw attempts.
Joining Herring in double figures with 11 points were Greg Gardner and Seab Webster, while Ronnie Mack and Taylor Chapman both scored 10. Webster narrowly missed out on a double-double as he had a team-best nine rebounds, while Gardner dished out four assists.
Devin Schmidt led Delta State with 20 points.
UAH led for nearly 35 minutes in the game, and the team used a 14-5 run over 6:07 in the middle of the first half to turn its final deficit – an 11-10 lead for Delta State with 13:21 left in the period – into an eight-point lead at 24-16 after a Spencer Palmer triple.
The Chargers would hold a 34-30 advantage at the halftime break, and that margin grew to as many as 13 in the second half as the UAH defensive effort held the Statesmen at bay en route to the victory.
On the night, the visitors shot 40.0 percent from the field while UAH connected on 39.2 percent of its attempts, but the difference in the game came at the free throw line as the Chargers earned 34 trips to the stripe and made 27 while DSU was 10-for-14 in freebies.
The Statesmen also won the battle on the glass, outrebounding the hosts by a 40-30 clip.
UAH will now look to build upon the win when they go on the road this upcoming weekend to West Tennessee. The Chargers will face Union on Saturday at 4 p.m. before taking on Christian Brothers on Monday at 7:30 p.m.