UAB needed every single one of Chris Cokley’s 14 points to beat Southern.
But none were more important than the last two.
Despite barely slipping by a so-so Southern squad, when looking at the stat sheet you’ll see a lot of things the Blazers did well Sunday night. UAB hit 11 3-pointers, had 10 team blocks, and got 32 points from their bench, which are all season highs.
Arguably the biggest improvement came from senior Dirk Williams who went 5-of-10 from behind the arc after hitting just 6 3-pointers over the last six games.
William Lee was stuffing shots as well stuffing the stat sheet tonight. The Mayor had 15 points, 4 blocks, 5 steals, and 8 rebounds. Lee played a team-high 34 minutes and had just one personal foul, which is extremely impressive for a player who defends so aggressively.
UAB’s had 16 assists for the second time in three games, which is a good indicator that team chemistry is continuing to develop. Deion had 5 assists and 1 turnover, but more importantly watched his first 3-point shot strip through the net. If his shot is on, this team is significantly more dangerous.
Chris Cokley will surely get the game ball, but know that the MVP was Hakeem Baxter. His timely pair of threes and gritty rebounds always seem to happen when the Blazers needed them the most. UAB doesn’t win this game with out the Philly native.
Coach Ehsan’s team might have dodged a bullet Sunday night, but as they say, a win is a win.