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Blazer Almanac December 7
December 7

Blazer basketball is 9-2 on the day that lives in infamy.

1982 - UAB traveled to Ole Miss to take on the Ole Miss rebels. Ole Miss had a new coach, Lee Hunt, who had been at Coach Bartow's side one year ago. Yes, there was a time when an SEC school hired a UAB assistant to be their head coach, instead of the other way around. Hunt had been Coach Bartow's assistant since 1970 when he became his lead assistant at Memphis State. They had coached at every school together since then. Now they were sitting on opposing benches. UAB and Ole Miss had played each other in UAB's first five years of existence. This would be the last time they played each other. The former assistant won the game 66-54. Hunt was later named SEC Coach of the year and went on to start the Missouri-Kansas City Division 1 athletic program much as Gene Bartow did at UAB. Gene Bartow rightfully gets most of the credit for starting UAB's program, but Lee Hunt is also a founding father to which UAB fans owe a lot of gratitude.

1985 - #17 ranked UAB was supposed to be playing #18 Iowa in the finals of the Amanda Hawkeye Classic in Iowa City, Iowa, but the Hawkeyes had been upset by Arkansas State. The Blazers won the game 78-58.

1991 - UAB defeated Alabama State 83-61.

1993 - UAB traveled to Starkville to play Mississippi State. The Blazers appeared to be on the way to victory, leading by nine with 1:21 to go in the game. However, the Bulldogs outscored the Blazers 11-4 to send the game to overtime. UAB hung on to win 66-63 in overtime.

1995 - UAB defeated Jacksonville 61-56.
1996 - The Blazers beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 84-51.
1999 - UAB defeated South Alabama 91-86.

2011 - The Blazers hosted Middle Tennessee State and won 66-56. MTSU had the top shooting percentage in the nation at 56.7%, but UAB held them to 41.2%.

2013 - UAB won at Northeastern 74-69

2014 - Despite a great game by Robert Brown where he hit 7 of 9 from three and scored a career high 27 points, the Blazers lost at home to Illinois State 78-74.

2016 - UAB won at Stephen F. Austin 84-73.

Blazer Birthdays:
Born today in 1974 was Fred Williams, who played for UAB from 1997-1999. Williams came to UAB from Spartanburg Methodist Community College. He averaged 13.6 during his two years. He was the second leading scorer his junior year and the leading scorer his senior year with an average of 15.5. After leaving UAB, he played overseas and in the NBA-D League.
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