Jan. 26, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB used a red-hot first half to jump in front of Tulane University on route to an 80-63 victory over Tulane University in Conference USA men's basketball action on Saturday evening at Bartow Arena.
The Blazers (9-11, 2-5 C-USA) shot 61.3 percent (19-of-31) in the opening stanza, building a 47-28 halftime lead. Tulane (11-7, 3-4), meanwhile shot just 41.4 percent (12-of-29), while committing 10 turnovers.
Tulane scored the first basket of the game on a layup from sophomore Wayne Tinsley (Fontana, Calif.), but the Blazers would score 10 unanswered points and build a 37-11 run to take a 37-13 lead with 6:41 remaining in the first half.
"We came, got a quick layup that I thought would get us going," Tulane head coach Shawn Finney said. "But we got a little flat. When things got tough, we did not keep playing hard. I do not think we had the effort in the first half that we needed."
"We came out lackadaisical and maybe a little timid," Green Wave senior Linton Johnson said. "And UAB came out with a lot of energy. We could not match their energy."
Johnson had his best game of the season, posting his first double-double of 2001-2002 with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Junior Brandon Spann also scored 18 points in the loss.
In the second half, the Green Wave played with more intensity and cut the deficit to 12 on a Spann three-pointer with 10:44 to play. However, UAB regained control and held on, mainly on the basis of its performance from the free-throw line. In the final 9:15, the Blazers connected on just two field goals, however, they knocked down 14-of-18 foul shots.
Will Campbell led UAB with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Eric Bathchelor had 16 points, including 14 in the first half with four three-pointers.
"He [Campbell] definitely was a man," Finney said. "He just kept going and going and going. He was the difference in the game. Batchelor got them going outside and Campbell did it inside. That's a tough combination."
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