Charlotte gets repeat blowout at Freedom Hall
Led by the backcourt duo of Morris Finley and Eric Bush, UABsent Charlotte home from Freedom Hall with another blowout, an85-61 romp. Finley had 17 points, with 15 coming in the first half,while Bush had a game-high 21 points, 16 coming in the openinghalf.
“What a remarkable turnaround,” said UAB head coach MikeAnderson. “They beat us by 20 at our place, and now you have a40-something point turnaround. I’ve gotta attribute that to ourbasketball team.”
Although the undersized Blazers were physically manhandled onthe boards- they were out-rebounded 45-32- their outstandingdefense led to a gluttony of 49er’s turnovers. Charlotte committed21 on the evening, with the Blazers getting nine steals.
That defense was especially terrific in the second half, whenthey held the Niners to only 25.8% shooting from the floor.
“Tonight, all of us were in sync, as one,” said senior guardEric Bush.
There were few highlights or standout players for the 49ers onthe evening. Leading scorer Demon Brown was held to only ninepoints on 3-13 shooting. Curtis Nash was the only starter in doublefigures with 14, while freshman Vincent Grier had 10 off the benchto round out the high-scorers for Charlotte.
Along with Bush and Finley, center Gabe Kennedy scored 14points, all coming in the second half. And reserve Sidney Ball hada double-double with 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
For UAB, the win is one of the biggest in recent memory for theBlazers. They’ll face #1 seed Marquette tomorrow evening withanother upset on their minds.