CHARLESTON, W.VA. -- JEROD HAASE knows about shooting slumps, and not just because his Kansas/North Carolina teams tended to cause them.
The former Roy Williams assistant was well pleased with his University of Alabama at Birmingham team after its 52-48 victory over Marshall. Defensively, anyway.
I doubt he was surprised that his Blazers held the Thundering Herd under 30 percent shooting, but he didn't realize that included a string of 19 misses in a row, spanning 12-plus minutes.
On press row, as the futility continued into the second half, we were counting along in near-unison. "There's fifteen! Sixteen! Seventeen!" we counted in one particularly painful possession.
Haase could sympathize.
"I don't think that happens very often," he said. "I would like to take a little credit and our guys get a little credit, but part of it, too, is they miss some shots.
"Now I've been on the flip side of it, too, when we missed 43 straight 3s over consecutive games, which is an impressive stat - or a sad stat, is maybe a better way of saying it."
UAB's game notes didn't point it out, but the Blazers pulled that stunt over parts of four games in January - the last six against Dayton, all 23 against Central Florida, all 13 against Memphis and the first toss against Southern Mississippi.
The Blazers went 9 of 16 against Marshall in Birmingham, but just 4 of 18 Saturday in Huntington. But the home side was worse, a wretched 3 of 26.
Those three makes came in consecutive shots by Elijah Pittman, who had missed his first six. That sparked a big rally, but Pittman helped kill it by forcing a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left.
He has the team's best percentage from the beyond the arc (.365), owing to the streaky nature of D.D. Scarver (.333), but he shoots them too much. Saturday's game was the fourth time he has launched 10 or more, going 11 of 44 in those (an even .250). All came in conference games.
He's averaged upwards of seven attempts over 13 league games after jacking up barely four per nonconference game. Two factors at play - for one, he played more of a power forward into December and January, but has been moved outside since. Second, the Herd has seen a lot of zone defense.
Still, this team shouldn't shoot 20 3-pointers in any game and Pittman shouldn't jack up 10. Looking at him, I think of Travis Aikens, a Ron Jirsa-era player who could have made a killing from 17 or 18 feet but perpetually bombed himself into mediocrity.
Marshall's propensity to settle for 3-pointers is among several disappointments of this 12-16 season. In Saturday's game, I thought the Herd could take advantage of its height advantage for once, especially when it got 6-foot-10 Fahro Alihodzic in foul trouble.
"It made things a lot more difficult on us. In that zone, he does some great things," Haase said. "As you guys can look at our team, we don't have a lot of size, and he's one of the few guys who does have a little beef down there. I think having him out of the game with foul trouble, a lot of times, hurt us more on the defensive end ..."
But Marshall didn't take advantage. Nigel Spikes was effective until he missed four free throws down the stretch. Robert Goff was 1 of 6 and Dennis Tinnon 2 of 5. The Herd had 16 offensive rebounds, but there were 48 such opportunities - not a good ratio against a zone.
Marshall was outscored in the paint (28-18) for the 15th time (5 wins, 10 losses) and fell to 6-11 when attempting more 3-pointers than the opponent.
One more thing: Of those 19 misses in that 12-minute skid, nine came from behind the arc.