Johnson Scores 35 in 103-96 Setback to ERAU

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. | The 20th-ranked University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team played an end-to-end affair with Embry-Riddle on Sunday, falling 103-96 to close out play at the 2021 Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Classic. The Chargers slip to 0-2, while the Eagles improve to 2-0.
 
Chaney Johnson turned in an impressive performance for the Chargers, going 13-for-19 from the floor including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc on his way to scoring 35 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
 
The 35 points are the most by a Charger since Jan. 27, 2018, when Chayse Elliott scored 42 against West Florida.
 
He was joined by three other UAH players in double figures as both Luke Burnett and Max Shulman hit four 3-pointers on their way to scoring 19 points, while CJ Williamson was 5-for-7 shooting on the day to score 12.
 
Shulman also grabbed a team-high five steals, while Jack Kostel handed out a team-best five assists.
 
Elijah Jenkins had 44 for Embry-Riddle.
 
UAH would lead through much of the early action, building up as much as seven-point lead at 16-9 just under four minutes into the game, but the opening half would swing towards ERAU’s favor in a wildly wide-open stanza that saw the team combine for 21 treys before the Eagles carried a 52-48 advantage into the break.
 
The lead would exchange hands five times in the first five minutes of the second half before a surge in the direction of the Chargers resulted in UAH going up by seven points twice, including at 89-82 after a Burnett triple with 5:34 left in the game. 
 
Embry-Riddle, however, would close the game on a 14-7 run including scoring the last eight of the game to create the 103-96 final.
 
UAH finished the contest shooting 53.7 percent compared to ERAU’s 52.1 percent performance, but the Eagles would hit 22 3-pointers to help overcome a 21-10 difference in points off turnovers that the Chargers enjoyed. 
 
Embry-Riddle won the battle on the glass by a 40-29 margin.
 
The Chargers stay on the road next weekend, traveling to the Sunshine State to take on a pair of SSC foes beginning with a Friday contest at Saint Leo. Tip-off is slated for 4:30 p.m. CT.
 

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