Jan. 26, 2011
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A 16-1 UAB run in the second half helped them overcome a 10-point deficit to down the Marshall University men's basketball team, 60-56, Wednesday evening at Bartow Arena.
Aaron Johnson was the leading scorer in the game, tallying 19 for the Blazers (14-5, 4-2 C-USA) while Dago Pena led Marshall (13-7, 1-4 C-USA) with 14 points. Pena connected on 4-of-6 three-point attempts.
"It was a hard-fought game," head coach Tom Herrion said. "I am proud of how hard our guys played, but you have to give UAB credit, they made some plays in the end."
UAB recorded the first four points of the game before a layup by DeAndre Kane got Marshall on the board three minutes in. The Herd began the game 0-3 from the field with a turnover. Kane's bucket sent the Herd on a 13-2 run over the next 3:36, which gave it a 13-6 lead.
For the second-straight game, Pena came out firing from three-point range. After hitting 5-of-6 treys against East Carolina on Saturday, Pena hit three-straight to cap off the run. The junior a game-high 11 points in the first half.
Marshall extended its lead to nine points, 21-12, with six minutes left in the half, but a quick 9-0 spurt would tie the game at 21-21. Aaron Johnson, whose average of 7.8 assists per game is in the top five in the nation, scored seven points in the run.
The Herd would regain its edge over the final three minutes of the half, outscoring UAB by a 9-4 margin to take a 30-25 lead at the break.
After UAB cut the deficit to three points, 39-36, with 13:37 left in the game, Marshall fought back, pushing its edge to ten points, 48-38, with 7:15 remaining. It was all Blazers from that point, though, as they would go on a 16-1 run to take a 54-49 lead in the final minute of the game before holding on for a 60-56 win. The defense of UAB held Marshall to just one field goal over the final 8:35 of the game, that being a Kane trey at the final buzzer.
Kane was the other double-digit scorer for the Herd, scoring 13. Nigel Spikes, who recorded nine points, tied for the game-high in rebounds with 12.
The Blazers' leading scorer on the season, Jamarr Sanders, recorded 15 points.
On Saturday, Marshall returns home to face Memphis. The Tigers and the Herd are set to square off at 7 p.m. inside the Cam Henderson Center before taking to the road for a pair of games next week at Houston and Southern Miss.