THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
Dolphins fall to late UAB surge, 70-65
A defensive slugfest that turned into a shootout late, UAB held off some late JU runs for a 70-65 win at Bartow Arena on Thursday night.
Cameron Moore scored 18 points and pulled down 16 rebounds for the Blazers (3-7), leading four players in double figures. Jordan Swing added 14 points, with all of those coming in the second half to keep the Blazers on top.
Jacksonville (2-9) dropped its seventh straight despite 14 points from Keith McDougald.
“I was proud of our effort tonight,” said JU head coach Cliff Warren. “We did a good job of establishing the post early. We’ve just got to do a better job of scoring.”
UAB dominated JU on the glass, holding a 47-27 edge thanks in large part to Moore patrolling the paint. The Dolphins defense though forced 20 turnovers and cashed them into 21 points.
With JU leading 35-33 at the half, UAB opened up a 50-42 lead, capping the run with a Robert Williams jumper with 9:02 left in the game.
JU stormed back with a 12-2 run, with back-to-back 3-pointers by Aloys Cabell and Jeremy Bogus to tie the game at 52 with 6:54 left.
Swing hit a clutch 3-pointer to give UAB a 59-54 lead with 4:58 left. The Dolphins got a four-point play from Bogus to cut it to one, 59-58, with 4:44 remaining.
It would stay a one-point game until UAB rattled off 6-0 run, hitting 4-of-6 free throws and a layup by Swing to take a 69-62 lead with 29 seconds left and sealed the win. During the run, JU missed four shots from point blank range and a Cabell 3-pointer with 31 seconds left rimmed out.
On the night, UAB hit 50 percent of its shots from the floor (23-46) and was 20-of-32 at the free throw line. Jacksonville’s shooting in the second half doomed the Dolphins, going 9-of-28 from the floor and was 14-of-24 from the free throw line for the game.
Jacksonville got 12 points, seven assists and four steals from Russell Powell, along with 10 points, three assists and four steals from Cabell.
The Dolphins turned an early-point deficit into a 35-33 lead at the half when Powell running jumper at the buzzer went through the hoop.
Jacksonville is back in action after the Christmas break when it travels to Tuscaloosa to face national power Alabama on the Dec. 29.