Marvelous Marvett leads UAB to upset over No. 3 Memphis
Birmingham, AL (Sports Network) – Marvett McDonald netted 17 points to lead a
balanced UAB attack as the Blazers used a stifling defense to shock third-
ranked Memphis, 80-74, in Conference USA Action at Bartow Arena.
Frank Holmes added 14 points for UAB (21-5, 11-2 C-USA), which won for the
fifth consecutive time and inched closer to solidifying a berth in the
upcoming NCAA Tournament. Wen Mukubu chipped in 12 points, while Paul
Delaney had 11 points and Caridell Johnson recorded 10 in the win.
Darius Washington tallied 17 points for the Tigers (26-3, 12-1), who lost for
the first time in 16 games and missed out on a chance to clinch the Conference
USA title. Rodney Carney added 16 points in the loss while Joey Dorsey had 11
points and 16 rebounds for Memphis.
Down by six entering the final frame, Memphis slowly chipped away. The Tigers
finally found the advantage after an Antonio Anderson lay-in 4 1/2 minutes
into the half.
The bucket put Memphis in front 53-52, but the Blazers would not waver. UAB
responded with seven consecutive points to regain control. Delaney started
things with a three-point play. He then scored on a lay-in and Mukubu finished
the flurry with a layup of his own to put the Blazers on top 59-53 with just
under 14 minutes remaining.
The Tigers then answered with six straight to deadlock things at 59 with 11:47
on the clock. Robert Dozier finished the mini-spurt with a three-point play.
The two teams continued to play a nip-and-tuck game, trading baskets. Down
68-67 with under five minutes to go, UAB made its move. The Blazers scored
seven straight points over a 3 1/2 minute span.
Delaney buried a pair from the charity stripe to put UAB back on top. Mukubu
then got loose for a lay-in and McDonald followed with another layup. Johnson
finished the run by making 1-of-2 from the line to make the score 74-68 with
52 ticks left on the clock.
Eights seconds later Shawne Williams finally got Memphis back on the
scoreboard with a triple. The bucket gave Memphis its first points since the
8:46 mark of the half and cut the Blazers lead in half, 74-71.
But, UAB was stellar from the line in the final seconds to hold on and send
Memphis to its first conference defeat.
UAB had a 46-40 advantage at intermission.
UAB is 13-1 at home this season while Memphis is 10-1 on the road…Memphis
shot just 36 percent from the floor and scored only two fastbreak points in