Max Shulman wasn’t perfect on Wednesday, but he was pretty close. He missed three shots and committed a turnover.
Other than that, though, it was a sensational night for the UAH senior in a surprisingly lopsided 89-66 victory over visiting West Georgia in a Gulf South Conference men’s basketball play at Spragins Hall.
Count the way that Shulman, the son of UAH head coach John Shulman, contributed to the key victory. Max Shulman had 31 points on 10 of 12 shooting from the field, 6 of 8 on 3-pointers and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line. He also had four rebounds, two assists and a steal. During the time he was in the game, the Chargers (20-6 overall, 15-5 GSC) outscored the Wolves by 34 points.
Most importantly he helped UAH to a critical win over a West Georgia team that was tied with West Alabama for first place in the GSC coming into the game. West Georgia (16-6 overall, 15-5 conference) falls into a second-place tie with the Chargers, who own the tiebreaker after sweeping the Wolves this season. West Alabama, which doesn’t play again until Saturday, split a pair of games with UAH this season.
UAH, which built its winning streak to five games, scuffled its way through most of the first half. The Chargers had trouble putting the ball in the basket and West Georgia eventually built a 29-20 lead with just over five minutes remaining. Shulman hit a pair of free throws with 4:15 remaining in the half to jumpstart a 17-2 run. Luke Burnett made three free throws and a pair of 3-pointer during the surge and Shulman capped the emphatic ending to the first half with a 3-pointer. When it was done, UAH carried a 37-31 lead into halftime.
The way UAH came out of the halftime locker room was just as impressive. The Chargers outscored West Georgia, 18-6, over the first four minutes of the second half to take a 55-37 lead. UAH cruised to the victory afterward.
Burnett finished with 22 points on 6 of 9 shooting from the field, 5 of 6 on 3-pointers and 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Chaney Johnson had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Jack Kostel had eight of the team’s 18 assists. UAH shot 58.1 percent from the field and was 14 of 26 on 3-pointers.
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