Senior Robinson Louisme scored 15 points and added six rebounds in the Wave's 81-61 loss at UAB on Wednesday night.
Feb. 4, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, ALA. -- Senior Robinson Louisme and sophomore Kris Richard each scored a team-best 15 points, but UAB used a decisive 12-4 run during the first five minutes of the second half to take a commanding lead and all five of the Blazers' starters reached double figures in a 81-61 victory over Tulane in front of 4,523 at Bartow Arena.
Tulane (9-12, 3-5 C-USA) trailed by just four points at intermission, but allowed UAB (15-8, 5-3 C-USA) to score seven straight points to open the second half and take an 11-point lead. Louisme snapped the run with a lay-up and Richard hit two free throws to bring the Wave to within seven points. The Blazers countered quickly by regaining a double digit lead and led by 12 points behind a three-pointer from Robert Vaden at the 14:58 mark.
Tulane stayed within striking distance over the next 6:20 and scraped back to within seven points on a lay-up by sophomore David Booker with 8:38 remaining that brought the score to 60-53. But this night belonged to Paul Delaney III, who notched UAB's second-ever triple-double with 16 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in 38 minutes, and the Blazers outscored the Wave, 20-8 during the final eight minutes.
TU shot well, hitting 47.9 percent of its field goal attempts, including a 46.2 percent performance from behind the three-point line, but UAB forced the Wave's into 16 turnovers and out-rebounded Tulane, 33-22.
Along with Delaney, Lawrence Kinnard led all scorers with 24 points and tied Delaney for game high rebounding honors with 10 boards, while Vaden finished with 12 points and Howard Crawford and Channing Toney each contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively.
UAB shot 54.7 percent from the field for the game, including a steamy 50 percent from behind arc, and outscored Tulane, 43-27, in the second half.
The Green Wave got off to a slow start to open the game, turning the ball over on three of its first four possessions. UAB took advantage of the TU miscues by running out to a quick 11-3 lead in the first three minutes. The Blazers continued to roll behind a quick seven points from Delaney, and led by 10 points, 17-7, on a Delaney trey. Sims drew Tulane to within seven points with a three-pointer of his own to cut the lead to single digits, but UAB once again extended its advantage back to double digits on a jumper by Crawford at 12:39 that brought the score to 20-10. The Blazers then chalked up its largest lead of the half of 12 points when Aaron Johnson knocked down a three-pointer on the ensuing possession.
However, the Green Wave woke up and responded with a 16-3 run over the next six minutes. Puckett sparked the run with a steal and lay-up, where he was fouled. He then hit the free throw to complete the conventional three-point play. Richard came off the bench to fuel the run with nine straight points, including his final basket of the spurt that gave the Wave a 27-26 lead, its first and only of the game.
But Crawford ended the run with a jumper and UAB outscored Tulane, 12-7, over the remaining 5:53 to take a 38-34 lead into the break.