Dawgs fall 56-72 to UAB
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ---- Howard Crawford scored a game-high 21 points as UAB sprinted to an early lead and cruised past error-prone Georgia 72-56 in a non-conference basketball game here Saturday night.
Crawford was helped by 17 points from Jamarr Sanders, who sank three of four 3-point shots and all seven free throws. It was early scoring from Sanders, in fact, that enabled the Blazers to take early command.
After spotting Georgia a Dustin Ware 3-pointer to open the game, UAB answered with 12 straight points. The Blazers' scoring run was aided by Georgia turnovers on four of five possessions.
"Tonight we showed the signs of a young and immature team," Georgia coach Mark Fox said. "I'm not sure we were ready, mentally, for what we walked into, and the turnovers and sloppy play were the result. Once we settled down and executed on offense, we were able to get good shots and score."
A trey by Sanders with 14:55 left in the first half got UAB its first double-digit lead at 17-6. The margin reached 17 before Georgia began to creep back into contention.
Trailing 23-6, the Bulldogs strung together 11 consecutive points tallied by four different players. A jumper by Travis Leslie got his team within 23-17 at the 7:27 mark of the first half.
UAB, however, righted itself in time to build its margin back into double digits before halftime. The Blazers kept their advantage that way for the game's remainder. In the second half, Georgia never got closer than a 38-28 count on a Chris Barnes foul shot with 16:56 left.
The Bulldogs resume their 2009-10 schedule Tuesday night at home against UNC-Asheville. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.