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Hawks lose at home to No. 13-ranked Alabama-Huntsville, 80-69

Hawks lose at home to No. 13-ranked Alabama-Huntsville, 80-69

By James Vallone

ROME -- The Hawks lost to Alabama-Huntsville from the Winthrop-King Centre, 80-69. UAH is the top team in the Gulf South Conference and is currently ranked No. 13 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches poll.

UAH jumped out to a 40-31 lead at the half by shooting 43 percent from the floor, while connecting on seven 3-pointers – good for 39 percent in the half.

Shorter (12-5, 6-3 GSC) would draw as close as three points in the second half, 57-54, but that would be as close as they would get. The loss snaps a 30 game home winning streak from the Winthrop-King Centre, dating back to January 15, 2011.

Kenny Leverette scored a game-high 22 points, going 5-for-9 from the field and 12-for-13 from the free throw line, while also leading the Hawks with three assists.

Brandon Pullman would score 15 points from the bench, connecting on three 3-pointers, while also grabbing seven rebounds.

Brandon Wright would go 4-for-8 on his way to scoring 10 points, including a pair of baskets from behind the arc.

Dedric Ware would score nine points and grab five boards, while Marquise King would add eight rebounds and three assists to tie Leverette for the team-high.

Alabama-Huntsville (14-3, 7-2 GSC) would connect 12 times from behind the arc, outshooting Shorter 41 percent to 25 percent.

"Let's give UAH credit, they were better than we were," said coach Chad Warner. "The were very well prepared and played hard. I was extremely proud of our team's effort. We will go back to work on West Alabama on Monday."

The Chargers had four players reach double digits in scoring, Ronnie Mack (18), Jaime Smith (17), Wayne Dedrick (14), and Zane Campbell (13). Campbell would also lead all players with ten rebounds. Xavier Baldwin dished out four assists for the game-high.

The Hawks return to action on January 31 from West Alabama. The Hawks defeated the Tigers from the Winthrop-King Centre on November 29, 100-83, behind 24 points from Anthony Banks and C.J. Davis, with Ware adding 18 and Leverette adding 15.

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