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Blazer Almanac - February 10
February 10

Tonight, UAB plays Rice at home. It is a game where all former UAB players in attendance will be honored. UAB has a 12-1 record verses Rice, with the only loss coming in a double overtime game in 2015. Three of the last six games in the series have gone to overtime. UAB's biggest win was in 2009 when UAB won by 38, 78-40.

The Games
Not many games played on this date, only 5 games. The Blazers are 2-3 on February 10. Both wins were at home. The three losses have been on the road.

1980 - UAB traveled to Richmond to take on VCU. UAB needed a win to stay in the driver's seat of the Sun Belt race. They would not get it. UAB scored the first basket, but the Rams led the rest of the way. The Blazers had three chances to take the lead in the second half but could not capitalize. They also hit only five of 12 free throws in the second half, missing three technical free throws and two front ends of one and ones. UAB lost 90-75.

1990 - UAB hosted a very good South Florida in a game that was considered a regular season title game. UAB jumped out to a 22-4 lead and never looked back, shooting 60% to South Florida's 38%. UAB won 82-64. The Blazers were 10-1 in Sun Belt play and had clinched at least a share of the regular season title.

1996 - UAB made its first trip ever to Freedom Hall to face Louisville in the inaugural CUSA season. UAB started poorly and did not score a field goal for the first six minutes of the game, shooting 29% in the first half. The Cards led by 14 at the half. In the second half, the Blazers worked their way back into the ga,e and trailed 60-58 with 7:27 to play. The Blazers had a chance to lead, but missed a three pointer. That ended the comeback because Louisville then outscored the Blazers 21-8 in the final 7:27 of the game. UAB lost 81-66. Cedric Dixon led UAB with 18 points.

2001 - UAB traveled to South Florida to take on the Bulls, who had been the preseason favorite to win the National Division of CUSA. However they had failed to meet expectations and were 6-3 in CUSA play. Furthermore, Seth Greenberg had suspended star player BB Walden indefinitely and refused to let him return despite fan protests. UAB led 35-28 at the half, but the Bulls went on a 14-3 run in the second half to take a one point lead. The Blazers scored seven straight to take a six point lead with just under seven minutes to play. The game came down to South Florida having a one point lead with 13 seconds to go. UAB had the ball for the last shot and Coach Murry Bartow decided that LeAndrew Bass should take the last shot, although he was 4 of 13 for the game. Bass actually got two shots off. The first one missed the rim completely, but was swatted back in play into Bass's hands. Bass took a second shot with 11.7 seconds left, but it was blocked and South Florida won 61-60.

2007 - UAB defeated UTEP at home 73-64. Paul Delaney led UAB with 19 points. The win broke a three game home losing streak for UAB.

Blazer Birthdays.
Two Blazers born on this date.

Born today in 1960 was Derrick Bentley. Bentley played in 13 games in 1978-79, his only year as a freshman. He came to UAB out of Carver High School in Birmingham. He left after his freshman year due to academic ineligibility.

Also born on this date in 1969 was one of UAB's unsung greats. Elbert Rogers played from 1988-1992. In his career, he scored 1587 points, which is the third best scorer of all time, at least until Chris Cokley scores 33 more points. He is also the ninth best rebounder in UAB history with 616 boards. After UAB, he was drafted in the 3rd round as the 48th overall player in the CBA draft. He also played in Spain, Venzuala and Argentina. By 2005, he was back in Birmingham training to be a police officer.

Happy Birthday to Mr. Bentley and Rogers.
02-10-2018 08:14 AM
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