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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.
(Courtesy of UAHChargers.com)
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The University of Alabama in Huntsville travelled to Nashville on Tuesday night, dropping a 65-59 decision to Trevecca Nazarene in the second meeting between the two teams in the last week. UAH slips to 3-3 on the season, while the Trojans improve to 2-5. The Chargers trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half, but a late surge would bring UAH all the way back to a 54-54 tie with 1:52 left when a pair of Ronnie Mack free throws capped off a 7-0 run to deadlock the game. TNU, however, would end the game on an 11-4 run to pull away and capture the win. The hosts enjoyed as much as a 10-point lead in the first half as back-to-back 3-pointers created a 19-9 advantage for the Trojans, and TNU would take a 28-23 lead into the locker room at the half as the Trojans hit 50.0 percent of their attempts in the opening period. UAH was held to a first-half field goal percentage of 35.7 percent. Three players scored in double figures for the Chargers as Conner Blasi scored 14, while Wayne Dedrick tallied 12. Mack finished the night with 10. For the night, Trevecca Nazarene shot 44.4 percent while UAH shot only 37.3 percent, and the hosts also held a slim advantage on the boards with a 33-31 margin.
The Chargers will now return to Spragins Hall after Thanksgiving when Tennessee Wesleyan visits on Monday, Dec. 2, to start a four-game homestand. Tip-off at Spragins Hall is slated for 7 p.m
Indicative of the overall success the team has enjoyed in recent year, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball program currently has five of its former players playing the sport professionally. The following is an update on the five: Zane Campbell, Josh Magette, Jaime Smith, Jason Smith and Joe Smith.
Zane Campbell – S.C. Lusitania Expert – Terceira Island, Portugal
What better way to begin your professional career than play with your former teammate from college? Along with Smith, Campbell has also been solid in the first three games for Lusitania, the 6-8 power forward is third on the team in scoring with 7.7 points per game while shooting 9-of-18 from the field to shoot 50 percent. Campbell is also averaging a team-high 2.7 blocks per game to go along with 6 boards a game, good for second-best on the team. In their most recent game against Galito-Tley, he finished with a season-high 13 points and grabbed eight boards.
Josh Magette – LA D-fenders – Los Angeles, Calif.
The 6-1 point guard was picked 23rd overall by the D-Fenders at the beginning of November. Magette will get the chance to play with former NBA players such as Kareem Rush and Jamario Moon, who finished third in the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest behind Gerald Green and Dwight Howard. The former UAH great will certainly have a coach to learn from with Bob MacKinnon at the helm. MacKinnon has served as an assistant coach at powerhouse schools such as Notre Dame and North Carolina. He also led the Colorado 14ers to a D-League Championship in 2008-09. Magette will make his debut with the D-Fenders on Saturday when they take on Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
Jaime Smith – S.C. Lusitania Expert -Terceira Island, Portugal
After setting multiple records at UAH, the former Charger standout found a home with S.C. Lusitania Expert of the Portuguese Basketball League. In his first three games of the season, Smith has logged 34 minutes of playing time per game while averaging 17.7 points a game on 50 percent shooting from the field (12-24). Smith has also been aggressive getting to the free throw line, leading the team in free throws made (20) and attempts (27).
Jason Smith – KFI Isafjordur – Isafjordur, Iceland
While playing in his eighth season professionally, Smith is now playing with KFI in the top division in the Dominos League. The shooting guard is averaging 28.2 points per game to lead his team while standing at third in the league in scoring. His team-high six helpers a game is good for seventh in the Dominos league. Smith is also leading the team at the charity stripe, going 25-for-32 in the first five games of the season. In the first game of the season, Smith went off for 41 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from downtown. In his most recent contest, the eight-year veteran tallied 28 points while dishing out eight assists and grabbing eight boards.
Joe Smith – Esporte Clube Pinheiros – Sao Paulo, Brazil
In his 13th season of playing professional ball, Smith is now in his second season with Esporte Clube Pinheiros. The Pinheiros are currently affiliated with three different leagues: the Sao Paulo State League, Brazil National League and the League of Americas, which features Mexico, Central and South America. In his first season with the team, Smith averaged 17 points and five assists to lead the Pinheiros in both categories. He also helped lead the team to League of Americas Championship while finishing in second in the Sao Paulo State League, and a fifth-place finish in the Brazil National League. With his exceptional play in his first season with the club, he made the National Brazil League All Star Game and ended the season 5th in the league in scoring. In the League of Americas, he was named one of the top five players in the league.
The University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team erased a 16-point second-half deficit on Wednesday night and pushed past visiting Trevecca Nazarene 83-69 at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Trojans fall to 1-4. Wayne Dedrick and Ronnie Mack combined for 52 points as Dedrick led all scorers with a season-high 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-9 from downtown. Mack finished the night with 23 points while draining seven 3-pointers and shooting 8-for-13 from the field. Garrett Cosgrove came off the bench to chip in with 10 points in the first half as he connected on three treys in the opening stanza, and sophomore guard Greg Gardner dished out a career-high 10 assists to go along with seven points. Gardner also did a good job of protecting the rock with only two turnovers on the night while running the offense.
It was a tale of two halves for the Chargers as Trevecca Nazarene went into the half up 37-26. The Trojans shot 57.7 percent from the field while holding UAH to just 31 percent shooting.
After UAH took a 24-18 lead at the 8:37 mark in the first half as Gardner connected with Conner Blasi for an emphatic dunk, the Trojans would finish the half on a 19-2 run to take the big lead into the locker room at the break.
The lead would expand to as many as 16 at 45-29 with 17:35 left in the contest, but with the TNU lead 52-38 at the 13:12 mark, Mack would hit a trey that would start an 18-3 run for the Chargers that put the hosts back up at 56-55 with just over nine minutes to play. Not looking back, the Chargers would push the lead all the way out to 75-65 with one of Mack’s 3-pointers, and free throws down the stretch – five from Gardner and three by Spencer Palmer – helped the Chargers eventually lead by as many as 16 before the 83-69 final.
UAH will look to build upon the win on Saturday when Tennessee Temple visits. Tip is slated for 5 p.m.
In front of a loud Huntsville crowd, the University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team fell in an exciting Mayor’s Cup contest to Alabama A&M by a 79-73 score at the Von Braun Center on Thursday night in the first meeting between the two programs in 15 years. UAH slips to 1-2 on the season with the setback, while Alabama A&M improves to 1-1 with the win. UAH led at the half 34-27 after shooting 40 percent from the floor while limiting A&M to hit just under 36 percent of its attempts in the opening half, and the Chargers would enjoy a 10-point advantage after a Greg Gardner 3-pointer made it 57-47 with 8:36 to go. The Bulldogs would then tear off a 13-2 run to completely erase the deficit and take a 60-59 lead with just under five minutes remaining in the contest. Ronnie Mack would momentarily halt the A&M run with one of his six 3-pointers to put UAH back on top at the 4:23 mark, but Jeremy Crutcher responded with a trey of his own to put his team back ahead and UAH would never go back in front again in the contest.
In the second half, A&M shot a torrid 61.5 percent from the floor en route to outscoring UAH 52-39 in the period.
Mack led the Chargers in the contest as he scored 20, and Demarquelle Tabb paced A&M with 16 points.
Joining Mack in double figures for the Blue and White were Wayne Dedrick who rode an 8-for-8 night at the charity stripe to a 16-point performance and Andrew Donovanwho hit four 3s to score 12 while also grabbing four boards and dishing out three assists. Dedrick and Conner Blasi paced UAH on the glass with six rebounds each as the Chargers outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 37-30 margin.
UAH will have the weekend off before returning to action on Wednesday when Trevecca Nazarene visits Spragins Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (Courtesy of UAHChargers.com)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A 25-point outburst by Wayne Dedrick nearly led the University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team to an upset victory over Vanderbilt on Wednesday night, but the Chargers fell 66-60 in exhibition action at Memorial Gymnasium.
UAH was in the game from the opening tip and gave the SEC members all they could handle on their home floor. Dedrick converted on seven three-pointers in the game, coming through in clutch situations throughout the night to finish with a game-high 25 points.
The visiting Chargers held their only lead of the ballgame at 10:22 in the second half by one, and even trailed by as much as 12 midway through the second half.
The outcome may have gone in a different direction, considering the Chargers missed some free throws late and even had a wide open look at a three with 6:04 to play in the game. Overall, a six-point loss to a Division I program that has made the NCAA Tournament in four out of the last five years goes a long way towards maturing a very young team.
Conner Blasi was also outstanding for UAH, finishing with 16 points and three rebounds. Blasi made critical baskets throughout the second half to keep the Chargers in the thick of things.
Three players recorded five points, as Ronnie Mack, Garrett Cosgrove and Troy Saxton all contributed. The team shot 33.3 percent (10-30)from the three-point line in the game, while holding Vanderbilt to just 26.1 percent (6-23) from deep.
The Chargers employed a two-three zone throughout the game that gave the Commodores all sorts of fits. Vanderbilt held a huge advantage from the charity stripe going 18-for-26 (69.2 percent), while UAH only attempted nine free throws shooting 44.4 percent (4-9).
It was an and-one basket by Vandy at 3:45 that seemingly put the game away. UAH would never come as close as four following that conversion.
UAH even outscored Vanderbilt in the second half 38-36.
Vanderbilt was led by Eric McClellan who notched a team-high 20 points and six rebounds. (Article Courtesy of UAHChargers.com)