BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — It’s been my belief since the win over Stephen F. Austin in Bartow last December that it was going to take an extraordinary event for the win streak to end.

Monday night was that event.

Furman was 15-of-24 from behind the arc – that’s 62.5 percent. That is unheard of.

I went back through the archives and when I stopped at 2004 I’d yet to find a game where a team had hit more than 13 3-pointers against UAB.

The most recent barrage of this kind was last year’s NIT game against BYU when the Cougars were 13-of-30, and that game was on their court in Provo. They shot 43 percent in a win or go home game at the end of the season. Understandable.

Please let me repeat.

Furman was 15-of-24 from behind the arc – that’s 62.5 percent. That is unheard of.

To put it in perspective just how good Furman’s shooting night was, have a look at the Oklahoma/Villanova game in Hawaii last fall that is viewed by many as the best 3-point shooting game of last season.


So what led to Furman’s historic shooting night?

Let’s look at some of the comments from the post-game press conference with coach Rob Ehsan and senior guard Hakeem Baxter.

“We stopped trusting each other,” Baxter said. “When a team hits 15 threes, we can’t get into our transition defense.”

“I’ve never seen this from our team before. Never.”

“We gave them some confidence early, offensively, and I thought that carried through most of the game,” Ehsan said. “They were very confident shooting the ball and, offensively, we struggled for a good stretch of the second half, which, I think, in the end broke our back. Give them credit, a difficult loss for us, but we’ll bounce back on Thursday.”

“They spread us out a little bit,” Ehsan said. “We had a hard time guarding the basketball. I thought their guards played excellent, beating us off the dribble. I don’t care who it is, somebody shoots 63 percent from three, makes 15 threes, they’re going to be hard to beat.”


One comment that Ehsan made that I found particularly interesting was his frustration in his team biting on shot fakes. I took notice to this as well. It’s almost like the “Blockingham” moniker has skewed their mental discipline.

While the timely blocks are essential to the preferred transition offense opportunities UAB wants, the misses can often lead to open shots and easy, clear passing lanes.

The Blazers aren’t a terribly effective half-court offensive team at the moment. The stops, blocks, and steals just weren’t happening Monday night.

In a game like this, the defense lapses can be nit-picked to death. We’ll leave that to the staff.

Sometimes in the game of basketball phenomenons happen, and good defense won’t be good enough.

Thursday is an opportunity against another good team to continue to put back the puzzle that was taken apart last Friday.

“Losing feels worse than winning feels good.” – Vin Scully