Feb. 21, 2009
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - UAB used a barrage of three-pointers to hand Southern Miss its worst loss of the season, 86-56, Saturday afternoon at Bartow Arena.
UAB, the conference's top shooting team, shot 55.6-percent (30-of-54) from the field. From behind the arc, the Blazers connected on 55.6-percent (15-of-27), including 10 in the first half.
With 16 points, Wise moved up to 14th-place on the Conference USA all-time scoring list with 1,573 points.
Southern Miss (14-12, 4-8 C-USA) started slow hitting just two of its first 12 shots. With the Golden Eagles up 4-3, UAB went on a 16-0 run behind four three-pointers, to take a 19-4 lead.
The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to 22-12 with 9:08 to play in the half, but the Blazers (19-8, 9-3) went on an 18-4 run before taking a 43-18 lead at the half.
The 25-point deficit was the biggest at the half this year, while the 18 first half points was the lowest for Southern Miss.
Southern Miss began the second half hitting only one field goal over the first 5:10, as UAB extended its lead to 53-24. The Golden Eagles would get no closer than 23 points, while AUB led by as many as 33.
UAB placed four players in double-figures, led by Robert Vaden and Channing Toney with 22 apiece. Vaden was 6-of-12 from behind the arc and added six rebounds. Lawrence Kinnard and Paul Delaney III each scored 15 points, while Delaney III added six assists and five rebounds.
Southern Miss, who was second in the country in fewest turnovers coming into the game, committed 13 turnovers, with UAB scoring 21 points off them.
Southern Miss returns home next Tuesday, Feb. 24. The Golden Eagles host Tulane in a regionally-televised game on CSS. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CT.
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