By James Vallone
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Hawks made a road trip to Huntsville, looking to offset a January 26 loss to UAH that ended the Hawks 30 game home winning streak, but No. 6 Alabama-Huntsville was able to hold on and sweep the season series, 77-73.
The Hawks had a two-point half time lead, aided by the shooting of Brandon Pullman. Pullman was 4-for-4 from the floor in the first half, including a trio of 3-pointers to score 11 points in the opening half.
The second half saw Shorter (15-11, 9-9 GSC) connect on just 35 percent from the floor compared to 41 percent in the first half.
The Chargers were able to connect on 40 percent in the second half, and once they were able to tie the game, 44-44, with 15:59 remaining to play the Chargers would hold on to lead for the remainder of the game.
The Hawks got double digits scoring performances from four players; Anthony Banks scored 18 to lead the team for the first time since January 19, Walter Hill and Kenny Leverette added 15 apiece, with Pullman scoring 11.
Hill grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Dedric Ware grabbed eight rebounds and provided seven assists.
For Alabama-Huntsville (22-4, 16-3 GSC), Jaime Smith led all scorers with 25 points, including going 13-for-13 from the free throw line. Wayne Dedrick recorded a double double, 22 points and 13 rebounds. Xavier Baldwin scored ten points.
The Hawks were able to convert 14 Charger turnovers into 25 points, while also outscoring the home team on the fast break, 12-2.
Shorter will now turn the focus to the NCCAA post season, starting with regional play from Emmanuel College.