On Wednesday night the Blazers (12-3, 2-0) took on the UTSA Roadruners (3-13, 1-2) in Bartow Arena. The Blazers prevailed by a score of 104 to 82. This win was the 9th straight this season, 18th straight in Bartow, and 21st straight in the city of Birmingham.

Statistical Breakdown

  • Shooting percentage:
    • UAB 42 of 60 for 70%*
    • UTSA 28 of 63 for 44.4%
  • 3-point percentage:
    • UAB 11 of 19 for 57.9%
    • UTSA 13 of 24 54.2%
  • Freethrows:
    • UAB 9 of 10 for 90%
    • UTSA 13 of 22 for 59.1%
  • Rebounding:
    • UAB 5 offensive and 31 total
    • UTSA 12 offensive and 26 total
  • Assists:
    • UAB 31**
    • UTSA 14
  • Steals/Blocks/Turnovers:
    • UAB 6/9/14
    • UTSA 8/1/12

* – This is the third time in UAB history that the Blazers have shot 70% or better.

** – This is the third highest assist total by the Blazers in a game.

As you can see the Blazers led in every major category except for turnovers and offensive rebounds.

 

The Roadrunners had 4 players score in double figures and were led by J.R. Harris who scored 36 points on 11 of 15 shooting. Ryan Bowie led UTSA with 7 rebounds.

The Blazers had 5 players score in double figures and were led by Dirk Williams who contributed 17 points on 6 of 9 shooting. Dirk and Thomas Smallwood both had 6 rebounds to lead the Blazers.

 

Personal Thoughts and Opinions

The Blazers played well all around minus a few errors in the form of turnovers. Like I stated in my “Keys to the game” within my preview, the guard play was the most important part of this game. Smith was hot and scored the vast majority of the Roadrunners points.UTSA wase able to get open looks around the perimeter off of slow rotations in our zone defense.

Besides allowing one guy to score 36 and being out rebounded by a smaller team, the Blazers played very well and were prolific on offense. We continue to improve every game we play, and I am confident we will continue to improve and win games.

Go Blazers!