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December 11

UAB has only played five games on December 2011, and none since 1999. The Blazers are 4-1 on this date.

1980 - UAB defeated Roosevelt College 112-55. This record stood as the largest margin (57) for many years until UAB beat Hiwassee by 73 in 2015. An interesting note about The game with Roosevelt I found while researching the game. Clyde Bolton former columnist for the Birmingham news reported that Roosevelt, a college in Chicago, was traveling to the game from New Orleans where they had lost to Tulane. Around Meridian, Mississippi the bus had a flat, and discovered the bus rental company had not included a spare. An assistant coach walked six miles to a service station, but they did not have the right tire. The service station manager and the assistant coach then started to another station to get a tire, but the truck they were in broke down. By the time they got the tire on the bus, they were several hours late and speeding at 85 mph toward Birmingham. The team changed into their uniforms in the weeds beside the road outside of Birmingham and arrived ten minutes before game time.

1982 - UAB hosted Wichita State. The Shockers were led by Xavier McDaniel, the X-man, who was the first person to lead the nation in scoring and rebounding in the same season. The Blazers were down 36-15 in the first half, but came back to tie it at halftime. The game was close in the second half, and went o overtime. Wichita State won it on free throws in overtime, 89-88.

1992 - UAB defeated Alcorn State 100-70.

1993 - Gene Bartow obtained his 600th career victory against Hawaii, winning 79-59, in the United Airlines Tipoff in Honolulu. At that point, only 16 other coaches in history had reached that milestone. Coach Bartow finished his career with 647 wins. Currently he ranked 69th all time in wins, but Bill Self is only 17 wins behind him. I suspect he will pass him at some point this year.

1999 - In probably the greatest individual performance ever by a Blazer freshman, 5'10" Morris Finley, a player virtually no one recruited out of high school went off for 32 points against Fresno State, in the Arby's Hardwood Classic at the BJCC Arena. Finley had had a good game in the high school championships at the BJCC a year earlier, and Murry Bartow decided to offer him a scholarship. No one else had recruited him. In this game, Finley scored the last ten points of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime. The Blazers won in overtime 102-99. Mo Finley was carried off the floor by his teammates in celebration. He would go onto be one of UAB's greatest and most beloved players and hit the winning shot in 2004 that upset #1 seed Kentucky.

Blazer Birthdays
Born today in 1980 was Antonae Roberson. Roberson came to UAB as a highly touted junior college transfer in the 2001-2002 season, Murry Bartow's last. He only played one year at UAB and was not retained by new coach Mike Anderson. He is now an assistant coach at Las Positas Community College in Livermore California. His bio says he was one of the top scorers and Rebounders at UAB. However, my records show he averaged 6 points a game, good for seventh on the team, and 2.2 rebounds per game, good for ninth out of 11 players. I guess you can put anything in your bio.

Happy Birthday Antonae
More specifically, Andy Kennedy recruited Mo Finley.
That game by Mo was the greatest performance by any Blazer that I have ever seen, considering the venue, the emotion and intensity of the game, and the fact that we won the thing. That was the only time Ive ever seen a Blazer player carried off the hardwoods on the shoulders of his teammates.
(12-11-2017 06:32 PM)BlazrDawg Wrote: [ -> ]That game by Mo was the greatest performance by any Blazer that I have ever seen, considering the venue, the emotion and intensity of the game, and the fact that we won the thing. That was the only time Ive ever seen a Blazer player carried off the hardwoods on the shoulders of his teammates.

I think that's the only time, and hopefully last: the guy who hefted him, Mark Kimbrough, injured his back doing it, was out for the season shortly after and never played again.
I remember that night. I'll echo what BD said. Right up there with Vaden going off on Kentucky and UTEP.
AJ in the play in game.
The only comparable performance I can think of is Vaden going off for 33 points (28 in the 2nd half) against Kentucky.
Vaden dropping 41 on UTEP comes to mind tying a school record.
(12-13-2017 03:27 PM)hooverblazer Wrote: [ -> ]The only comparable performance I can think of is Vaden going off for 33 points (28 in the 2nd half) against Kentucky.

Yeah, but Mo was still wet behind the ears,,, a true freshman.
Eddins' 26 against Washington in the 2004 NCAA tournament game was pretty special.
Tune in today for a not so special performance by Eddins.
If Eddins had not been injured he would have spent some time at the next level IMHO. How much? who knows but he would have at least had a drink of the sweet nectar.
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