Burnett’s Historic Night Leads UAH to 103-75 Romp Over Oakwood

HUNTSVILLE | Thanksgiving might be on Thursday, but Luke Burnett clearly wanted to feast a night early as the redshirt freshman knocked down 10 3-pointers and led The University of Alabama in Huntsville men’s basketball team to a 103-75 victory over visiting crosstown foe Oakwood on Wednesday night at Kelly Court at Spragins Hall. The Chargers move to 6-2 with their sixth straight victory, while OU falls to 0-5.
 
Burnett was especially impressive in the first half, finishing one off the school record for points in a half with 29 (the record is 30 set by Thomas Jones on both Feb. 10, 1989, and Dec. 14, 1989) as he went 10-for-13 overall in the period including a 9-for-11 showing from beyond the arc. 
 
It is believed that the nine made 3-pointers is a program record for made triples in a half.
 
The Knoxville, Tennessee, native would finish the contest with 34 points after going 12-for-19 and making the 10 treys, and that number of successful shots from downtown are the most by a Charger since at least the 2002-03 season (the record is 12 set by Jones in that Dec. 14, 1989, game against Cumberland), and it ties Burnett for eighth all-time in Gulf South Conference history for single-game 3-pointers made.
 
Burnett entered the night as the nation’s leader in total 3-pointers made on the season.
 
Chaney Johnson also had a big night for the Chargers, shooting at an 8-for-13 clip on his way to scoring 20 and extend his double-figure scoring streak to start the season to eight, and for good measure he also grabbed seven rebounds.
 
Rounding out UAH’s trio that scored in double figures was CJ Williamson who poured in 14 while leading the Chargers with six assists and three steals.
 
Daniel Saylor paced the Chargers on the glass, collecting 12 of the team’s 50 boards as UAH outrebounded Oakwood by 22.
 
For the second time in three games, the Chargers never trailed as the home team jumped out to a quick 10-2 advantage just over two minutes into the game on their way to building up a 61-35 advantage at the half, and the lead would grow to as many as 33 and never dip below 20 in the second half as the team secured the 103-75 victory.
 
UAH finished the contest shooting 50.7 percent overall and was 16-for-31 from long-range, while the Ambassadors shot 41.5 percent on the night.
 
Edmen Stewart paced the visitors with 28 points.
 
The Chargers will now be off until Monday when the team wraps up non-conference play with a visit from Milligan. Tip-off is slated for 7:30 p.m.

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