Harding Men's Basketball falls 67-63 to #18 Alabama-Huntsville

From Harding University

Alabama-Huntsville, ranked 18th in Division II, forced 24 Harding turnovers and defeated the Bisons 67-63 on Saturday at the Rhodes Field House.

Harding fell to 4-3 on the season and had its winning streak against nationally-ranked teams snapped at three games. Alabama-Huntsville improved to 6-2 and defeated Harding for the first time in the last three meetings.

Alabama-Huntsville took the lead at 34-32 with 14:51 left in the game on a Jaime Smith layup. The Chargers built the lead to as many as seven points at 57-50 with 5:06 left. Harding cut the UAH lead to two points on five occasions down the stretch, but Charger senior Josh Magette made 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch and keep UAH in the lead.

Harding's 24 turnovers were the most this season by the Bisons and led to a 20-5 UAH advantage in points off turnovers.

Junior Zach Roddenberry led Harding with 11 points, hitting 4-of-5 from the field and 3-of-6 free throws. Bradley Spencer and DeAntra Scott each had 10 points.

Magette led the Chargers with 17 points and eight assists.

Harding battled foul trouble throughout the game. UAH made 25-of-31 free throws (80.6 percent), while Harding shot only 12 free throws in the game and just four in the second half.

The game was Harding final game of 2011 at the Rhodes Field House. The Bisons will conclude the December portion of their schedule with games in Austin, Texas, against Texas A&M-Commerce and St. Edward's on Dec. 16-17.