(HUNTSVILLE) - After two embarrassing losses to Valdosta State last year, the UAH Chargers controlled the court, Monday night, leading by as much as 16 points, on the way to a 67-55 victory over the Blazers at Spragins Hall.
Kael Coleman, benched the last two games, scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the way for the Chargers, who evened their record to 9-9 with their 3rd straight win.
Valdosta whipped UAH, 73-59 and 70-51, last season.
The Chargers jumped out to a 17-8 lead six minutes into the game as they controlled the 1st half, hitting 48.2% from the floor, taking a 41-28 lead at halftime.
The Blazers pulled within 61-53 on a Ray Cummings layup with 2:18 remaining, as UAH cooled off considerably in the 2nd half, shooting just 24%, but Casey Stafford hit two from the line and Coleman hit two more and capped off his night with a rim-rattling dunk with :46 left to round out the scoring.
Senior Tyler Dunaway trailed Coleman with 17 points and hit 3-of-6 beyond the arc. Stafford joined the double-digit parade with 15 points to go with 7 rebounds.
Ricky Coleman led Valdosta State (9-8) with 16 points.
The Lady Chargers, in an earlier game, made it a sweep with their first win over a ranked team since moving up to Division II in the early '90s, by beating Valdosta, 55-45.
UAH looks to make it four-in-a-row vs. UNA, Saturday.