The UAB men’s basketball team (11-3, 1-0) came back from being down by 12 at halftime to beat Middle Tennessee State (8-5, 0-1) 78-67 at Bartow Arena in their conference opener.
The Blazers had four guys end up in double-figures as Nick Norton and Robert Brown each had 14 points, Dirk Williams had 11 and William Lee had 10.
Chris Cokley led the team in rebounds with six even though his playing time was limited due to foul trouble. Norton also led the team in assists with seven.
MTSU got out to a hot start from beyond the arc and were up 14-11 at the 14:42 mark in the first half. The Blazers grabbed the lead back after an alley-oop dunk by Williams on a nice pass from Denzell Watts.
However, by the 12 minute mark the Blue Raiders had gone back on top 21-16, and the MTSU lead was at seven by the under 8 timeout.
UAB had cut the lead to six points at the 3:30 mark, but by halftime MTSU had built up a 12 point lead as the score was 42-30 at the break.
Williams led the Blazers at the half with 8 points, while Norton had seven. MTSU outrebounded UAB 15-7 in the first half, was 14-21 from the field, and they hit an astounding nine three-pointers in the first 20 minutes.
Thanks to back-to-back threes by Brown, UAB had cut the MTSU lead to seven points by the under 16 timeout in the second half. A dunk by Brown off a great pass by Norton brought the Blazers to within three points, and by the next media timeout MTSU was clinging onto a two point lead.
After UAB tied the game up, Watts gave the Blazers a three point lead after an old-fashioned three-point play; however, after a couple of modern day three-pointers by MTSU they regained the lead.
Lee got hot late in the second half and a three pointer just before the last media timeout helped put the Blazers back on top by four points. Four more points by Lee and UAB had extended its lead to 71-63.
With 1:23 left the Blazers took their largest lead of the game at 12 before sealing the game at the free throw line for another second half, comeback victory.
UAB will play at home again this Thursday when they take on UTSA. The game will start at 7 p.m. Central.