The main story-line coming into tonight's UAB game versus North Carolina was former Roy Williams' assistant Jerod Haase once again taking on his mentor. The story-line after tonight might be that the Tar Heels need to stop playing mid-major teams on Sunday nights. Just two weeks after losing to Belmont, the Tar Heels fell once again this time to Haase's Blazers.
It's rare that former assistants or proteges get an immediate chance to face off against their former team, but give Roy Williams credit in allowing a series against UAB. Last year the Blazers traveled to Chapel Hill and fell 102-84, but it was a totally different story tonight with the Tar Heels coming to Birmingham.
The Blazers would outright dominate the first half, as Chad Frazier would give the team a 15 point lead with 2:25 left in the half. Two more free throws from Frazier would close out the half for the Blazers and give them a 37-25 advantage.
North Carolina would continue to chip away at the Blazers lead in the second half, getting as close as two points tanks to a Marcus Paige lay up with 2:35 left. Paige would then miss two three pointers in the last 30 seconds of the game, the second of which was blocked by Robert Williams and rebounded Jordan Swing.
Swing would go to the line to give the Blazers a 5 point advantage with 6 seconds left, but the Tar Heels would rush down the court and a Brice Johnson dunk would once again make it a three point game at 62-59 with 3 seconds left.
Robert Williams would ice the game for good with a free throw as time diminished and the Blazers would get an early season signature win and move to 6-2 on the season. Chad Frazier would finish the game with 25 points, 12 of which came from the charity stripe.
This time the student got the best of the teacher and the Tar Heels are once again in a bit of disarray just a week after taking down Louisville. UAB will now get a couple of days off before heading to Northeastern next Saturday.