UAA men breeze to exhibition win

sports@adn.comDecember 16, 2012 

— For the second straight night, the UAA men's basketball team racked up some big numbers against Northwest Indian College.

Six Seawolves scored in double figures Sunday -- one more than the previous night -- in a 93-66 victory over the Eagles of Bellingham, Wash.

But Sunday's efforts at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex won't show up anywhere official. The game was an exhibition for UAA, so the win won't show up on the Seawolves' record and none of the players will see their individual stats swell.

And so freshman guard John Erickson's career night of 18 points and seven assists won't go down as career highs for the 6-foot-4 guard from Sisters, Ore. Ditto for Kyle Fossman's 22-point, nine-rebound effort and Christian Leckband's 18-point, eight-rebound performance.

Northwest Indian, which got a game-high 28 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks from forward Josh Nelson, was a late addition to UAA's schedule.

The Eagles replaced Capilano University, a Canadian team that scheduled two games with UAA but backed out in late September. By then most teams already had their schedules booked for the season, but Northwest Indian College, an unaffiliated team that will play opponents ranging from junior college to Division I this season, was able to adjust its schedule to come to Anchorage for a two-game series.

But one of the games had to be an exhibition, or UAA would have exceeded the NCAA-imposed limit of 26 regular-season games. Both Capilano games would have counted as real games, because NCAA Division II teams are allowed to play one exempt home game per season against a Canadian team. An exempt game is one that doesn't count against a team's limit.

And so UAA's record remains 8-2 as the 25th-ranked Seawolves head into a long holiday break. They don't play again until Jan. 3, when they resume Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Northwest Nazarene in Idaho.

UAA sank eight of 21 3-point attempts Sunday, with Erickson drilling 4 of 7. Joining him in double figures were Colton Lauwers (11 points, five assist), Mike MacKelvie (10 points) and Jalen Little (10 points).

NORTHWEST INDIAN (66) -- Nelson,Josh 12-20 4-5 28; Jefferson,Gale 2-4 4-4 8; Nixon,JJ 2-7 3-4 7; Williams,Douglas 3-7 0-0 6; Schjang,Mike 2-9 2-2 6; Evans,Randy 2-5 0-0 4; Belone,Derrick 1-2 0-0 3; Eriacho,Matt 1-3 0-0 2; Peterson,Barry 1-4 0-0 2; Perro,Nick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-62 13-15 66.

UAA (93) -- Fossman 7-12 6-6 22; Erickson 7-11 0-2 18; Leckband 7-13 3-4 18; Lauwers 3-10 4-6 11; MacKelvie 2-4 6-6 10; Little 3-9 4-4 10; Gibcus 2-5 0-0 4; Spickerman 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 31-68 23-28 93.

Northwest Indian 38 28 -- 66

UAA 51 42 -- 93

3-point goals -- Northwest Indian 1-11 (Belone 1-1; Jefferson 0-1; Nixon 0-2; Williams 0-1; Schjang 0-3; Evans 0-2; Perro 0-1), UAA 8-21 (Erickson 4-7; Fossman 2-6; Lauwers 1-4; Leckband 1-1; Little 0-2; MacKelvie 0-1). Fouled out -- none. Rebounds -- NW Indian 36 (Nelson 10), UAA 42 (Fossman 9). Assists -- NW Indiana 22 (Schjang 7), UAA 26 (Erickson 7). Total fouls -- NW Indian 21, UAA 14. Turnovers -- NW Indian 20 (Williams 6), UAA 11 (MacKelvie 3). Steals -- NW Indian 7 (Nelson 3), UAA 9 (4 players with 2 apiece). Blocked shots -- NW Indian 5 (Nelson 3), UAA 1. Technical fouls -- UAA team. A -- 411.

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