Alabama-Huntsville downs Benedict
Chargers shoot 48 percent from field, move on to next round
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama-Huntsville achieved its main goal of the day on Saturday night and advanced to the NCAA South Region Tournament semifinals with a 69-61 victory against Benedict on Saturday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers improve to 27-3 on the year while Benedict's campaign ends at 19-11.
UAH will take on No. 4 seed Florida Tech on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. for the right to advance to the regional championship.
Jaime Smith paced the Blue and White in the affair as he poured in 23 points including an 8-for-10 showing from the charity stripe -- five of which came in the game's closing minutes as the Chargers fought hard against the tough foe to remain ahead.
Benedict took the lead for a brief moment early in the contest, but that would be the only time the Tigers would hold the advantage as the Chargers built up as much as a seven-point advantage in the opening half and held a 34-30 lead at the break.
However, the Tigers hung close and made things incredibly interesting early in the second half when an Antrjuan Albright jumper tied the contest at 40-40 with 15:53 left in the game, but the squad could not pull back in front through the remainder of the half as the Chargers held off the pesky team for the victory.
Smith was joined in double figures on the night by Josh Magette who poured in 14. Srdjan Boskovic added 11, and providing a key spark off the bench was Conner Blasi who also scored 11.
UAH shot 48.1 percent from the field against one of the nation's toughest defenses.
Benedict was led on the night by Daktronics All-South Region selection Marcus Goode who scored 16, and Trevor Eichelberger was 4-for-6 from the field en route to scoring 12 as the Tigers connected on 51.1 percent of their shots on the night. Tydran Beaty also scored in double figures as he chipped in with 11.
The victory sets up a meeting with FIT that will mark the second in history as the Panthers took a 73-61 contest on Nov. 30, 1996.