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Junior forward Chris Cokley defends the ball against a La Tech player. Photo from UABsports.comJunior forward Chris Cokley defends the ball against a La Tech player. Photo from UABsports.comJack Ryan
Sports Editor

After the UAB Men's Basketball team could not overcome a large halftime deficit to the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs during the second round of the C-USA tournament, their season ended on Thursday, March 9.

In the first half, UAB was unable to get offensive momentum, failing to hit a majority of their shots from all over the floor. The Blazers went 6-29 from the field in the first half for 20.7 percent shooting. UAB hit two 3-pointers out of their twelve attempts.

La Tech hit just nine of their 26 attempts from the floor. They went 4-7 from beyond the arc to give them a 31-18 lead at halftime.

Coming out of the locker room, UAB got two quick attempts to close the gap, but junior forward William Lee could not hit a put back shot. The Bulldogs converted on the other end of the floor to extend their lead. During the second half, La Tech stretched their lead to 21 points at the 17-minute mark.

UAB worked to trim the lead back to single digits. Senior guard Denzell Watts hit two 3-pointers on back-to-back possessions to get the lead to 15 points. The Blazers kept attacking and cut the Bulldogs’ lead to nine with just two minutes to go in the game.

The comeback was too little too late, however, as UAB fell to La Tech 69-57 to end the season.

Senior guard Dirk Williams, Watts and Lee led the Blazers in scoring with 13 points. Lee also grabbed seven rebounds. Junior forward Chris Cokley was held to just two points in the game, but he added 12 rebounds. 

Jack Ryan can be reached at jackryan@uab.edu and on Twitter @kscope_sports.

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