MEMPHIS | Picking up its third straight victory, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men's basketball team earned a 75-71 win at Christian Brothers on Monday night. The triumph improves the Chargers to 12-4 (7-3 Gulf South Conference), while CBU drops to 8-6 (5-5 GSC).
Seab Webster was once again terrific for the Chargers, hitting 10 shots – including three from beyond the arc – en route to scoring a game-best 25 points, and he was joined in double figures in the contest by Greg Gardner who scored 11.
The Chargers started out strong, leading by as many as 13 on three occasions in the opening period behind the strength of 13 first-half points from Webster, but after Preston Herring's layup with 5:57 on the clock made it 31-18 in favor of the visitors, CBU would close the stanza on a 14-3 run to pull within two at 34-32 when the teams went into the locker room at the break.
The game remained tight through the opening minutes of the second half, but with the game tied at 43-43 with 13:27 left, the Chargers would go on a 21-8 run over the next nine minutes to go ahead 64-51 after a Webster triple fell with 4:21 remaining.
After the Bucs pulled to within four late after Sidy Sall scored one of his CBU-leading 23 points with a free throw at the 1:11 mark, Herring would hit a freebie of his own to make it a five-point advantage, and he followed that up with a block and a steal on the other end to aid UAH in sealing the victory with Gardner and Ronnie Mack providing insurance points at the stripe in the waning moments.
For the game, UAH shot 57.4 percent while holding CBU to a shooting mark of 47.5 percent, and the team held CBU's leading scorer Trey Casey to just one shot attempt and no points. The Chargers also held the advantage on the glass, outrebounding the Bucs by a 29-28 margin.
UAH had a strong night from its bench as the Charger reserves recorded 19 points with Taylor Chapman's nine leading the way.
The Chargers will now be off until Saturday when rival North Alabama will visit Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m.