Early Sunday evening the Blazers (22-5, 12-2) defeated MTSU (18-8, 10-4) – who might be turning into a rival – by a score of 77 to 67.
The Blue Raiders were led by both Giddy Potts and Quavius Copeland who tallied 13 points apiece. Close on their heels were Reggie Upshaw and Darnell Harris with 11 each. Reggie Upshaw led all Blue Raiders on the glass with 6 boards. Perrin Buford led MTSU with 3 dimes.
The Blazers scoring was headed by Dirk Williams who had a game-high 19 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Robert Brown and William Lee both scored in double figures too with 15 and 14 respectively. William Lee led all rebounders with 7 boards. Nick Norton led all players in assists with 5 dimes.
The Blazers seemed in control most of the game, shooting warm in the first half at around 40 percent, and then really turning up the shooting with around 80 percent to finish the game shooting 62 percent. The shooting, while very good, was not the highlight of the night. William Lee takes that honor with his absolute reverse posterization of a shot in the second half that led to a wide open three-pointer from Dirk Williams. If you were not able to see it, there are several videos circulating social media of it.
The Blazers also dominated on the glass for the majority of the game, which limited MTSU to very few second chance points, and led to easy transition points for UAB. The rebounding margin was 32 to 20 in UAB’s favor.
We played very well for about 35 minutes of the game, I’d say. There was a stretch near the end of the first half were we scored very little but still kept up the defensive pressure and kept them from getting no further than 1 point ahead. All-in-all that was a fantastic road win against a very talented MTSU team that we could very well face again in the Conference Tournament.
The Blazers return to the friendly confines of Bartow Arena Thursday night to square off with the Thundering Herd of Marshall.
It’s a great day to be a Blazer!!