Frazier, UAB knock off No. 16 UNC

Updated: December 2, 2013

Birmingham, AL ( – UAB was able to hold off a ranked
opponent this time.

Chad Frazier had 25 points and the Blazers defeated No. 16 North Carolina
63-59 on Sunday night.

UAB (5-2) was unable to take down then-ranked New Mexico in the quarterfinals
of the Charleston Classic on Nov. 21 after holding a five-point advantage with
36 seconds in regulation and a six-point margin midway through the first
extra session. The Lobos won 97-94 in double overtime.

It’s a huge win for us. It’s a huge opportunity to capitalize on this,” UAB
head coach Jerod Haase said.

Marcus Paige’s potentially game-tying 3-pointer from the right corner with
nine seconds remaining was blocked by the Blazers’ Robert Williams and UAB
sunk 3-of-4 from the foul line in the waning seconds to seal the win.

Rod Rucker netted 11 points and Fahro Alihodzic pulled down 13 rebounds for
the Blazers, who improved to 6-0 at home this season.

J.P. Tokoto scored 16 points to lead UNC (4-2), which went 1-of-12 from beyond
the arc.

“It was hard for us to handle Chad Frazier’s penetration,” UNC head coach Roy
Williams said.

UAB led 37-25 at the break and 39-25 in the early stages of the second half
before Tokoto jumpstarted a 21-10 UNC run when he slammed home a Nate
Britt alley-oop in transition.

Tokoto’s jumper and seventh point of the surge capped it and pulled the Tar
Heels within 49-46 with 6:44 remaining.

Later, Paige’s three-point play cut the UNC gap to 58-57 and Frazier knocked
down a pair of foul shots with 35 ticks left to make it 60-57. Paige missed an
open triple from the right wing, but Alihodzic fouled James Michael McAdoo on
the rebound. Williams then converged on Paige in the right corner and was able
to deflect the shot.

Game Notes

The Blazers outrebounded the Tar Heels 52-37 … UAB shot just 30.6 percent
(19-of-62) from the floor … UNC was 4-of-11 (36.4 percent) from the foul