UNCP tops UAB in final exhibition

First Posted: 11/8/2014

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — UAB used a big run to negate a 12-point deficit early in the second half but The University of North Carolina at Pembroke mens basketball team held tough and used a free throw by Quamain Rose with two seconds left to top the Blazers 72-71 in a preseason exhibition game on Friday.

It gave the Braves their first victory, official or unofficial, over an NCAA Division I opponent since a 77-75 win over Gardner-Webb on Dec. 9, 1995.

“I leaned over to (assistant coach) Drew Richards in the second half and told him that it’d be really fun for the guys to get a win here,” said UNCP men’s basketball head coach Ben Miller. “It’s always tough when it’s against one of your best friends. Jerod Haase is like family to me so it makes it a little bittersweet. We appreciate the opportunity he gave us. He’s got a talented, but young team.”

Senior Griffin Pittman scored 12 of his game-best 16 points in the first half to pace the Braves, who also got 13 points, five assists and four steals from Rose. Freshman Brandon Watts added 10 points for the Black & Gold as well. Robert Brown registered a team-best 15 points for UAB, while Tosin Mehinti tallied 10 points and seven boards.