HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A big second-half comeback lifted Delta State to a 59-53 upset of No. 3 Alabama-Huntsville at Spragins Hall on Saturday.
The win marks the first Gulf South Conference victory for the Statesmen and first career GSC victory for first-year head coach Jim Boone.
The loss ended a 20-game home winning streak for UAH.
The Statesmen reeled off a 12-3 run at the beginning of the game against the Chargers. Matt Allbritton led the charge offensively connecting on two 3-pointers, while the Green and White defense held UAH to just 2-for-14 shooting from the floor in that span.
Jaime Smith broke Alabama-Huntsville out of the slump connecting on three free throws, bringing the score to 12-6.
The Chargers raced out to a 27-16 lead to close the opening half of play on 4 of 8 shooting from Wayne Dedrick. Dedrick led all scorers in the first half with 10 points.
Allbritton paced the Statesmen in the first half with eight points on 3 of 6 shooting from the floor and a pair of 3-pointers.
The Statesmen had been plagued by slow starts and numerous untimely turnovers. However, the Green and White chipped away at the Charger lead until Ryan Smith made a jumper at the 8:39 mark to tie the game at 43, then knocked down a pair of free throws to take the lead 45-43 with 6:14 remaining.
Delta State converted on 14 of 24 (.583) from the field and 13 of 17 (.765) from the free throw line in the second half to clinch the win.
Terry Leake Jr. paced the offense with his sixth double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds, while Smith followed closely with 15 points and five rebounds. Allbritton recorded 10 points with freshman Jack Madgen closing out with 13 points and seven rebounds.