UAA men lose hoops heartbreaker at buzzer

sports@adn.comJanuary 3, 2013 

Kyle Fossman's 3-point attempt was blocked at the buzzer Thursday night, ending UAA's hopes of claiming a Great Northwest Athletic Conference road win against Northwest Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho.

The block by Jonathan Hawkins preserved a 61-60 men's basketball victory for the Crusaders.

The 25th-ranked Seawolves led for nearly the entire second half. Northwest Nazarene took its first lead with 1 minute, 58 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Hawkins, who was 5 of 7 from beyond the arc and finished with a game-high 19 points.

UAA had its chances after that. Liam Gibcus and Colton Lauwers both missed free throws that would have tied the game, with Gibcus missing at 1:37 with Nazarene leading 60-59 and Lauwers missing at :39 with Nazarene up 61-60.

The Crusaders' Kenny Moore. a senior guard who is a UCLA transfer, grabbed the rebound of the Lauwers miss but his foul gave the ball back to UAA with 25 seconds left.

Fossman missed two shots on UAA's ensuing possession. His first miss, a 3-point attempt from the corner, was rebounded by UAA's Mike MacKelvie; the second came on a mid-range jumper and was rebounded by Northwest Nazarene's Mario Donaldson with six seconds left.

Donaldson drew a foul but missed his free throw. The rebound went to UAA with three seconds left.

Both teams took timeouts with one second left and then Hawkins, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, delivered the play of the game on Fossman's buzzer shot.

The loss dropped the Seawolves to 8-3 overall and 1-2 in the GNAC heading into a Saturday road game against Central Washington.

Northwest Nazarene, which trailed by as many as eight points in the second half, improved to 8-3 and 2-1.

The missed free throws at the waning moments proved costly for the Seawolves, who were 11 of 17 from the line for the game and didn't take advantage when they got into the double bonus nine minutes into the second half.

But it was 3-point shooting that made the real difference. Northwest Nazarene was a red-hot 10 of 14 behind the arc and UAA was 7 of 21, with Fossman missing five long-range shots and Abebe Demissie missing four.

Gibcus, a senior center, led UAA with 15 points and seven rebounds. Fossman and Lauwers, both juniors, each added 10 points, and freshman Christian Leckband finished with eight and hit both of his 3-pointers.

UAA (60) -- Leckband 3-4 0-0 8, Lauwers 3-5 3-5 10, Stafford 1-7 1-2 3, Gibcus 5-6 5-7 15, Fossman 3-12 2-2 10, MacKelvie 3-5 0-0 6, Little 0-1 0-1 0, Demissie 2-7 0-0 6, Spickerman 0-1 0-0 0, Weitzel 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 21-50 11-17 60.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (61) -- Moilanen 0-1 0-0 0, Donaldson 3-6 0-1 8, Jones 2-4 2-2 6, Rima 2-11 2-5 5, Hawkins 5-7 4-4 19, White 0-0 0-0 0, Nicholes 0-1 0-0 0, Perryman 0-0 0-0 0, Kurimsky 4-7 3-7 11, Moore 4-7 0-0 11. Totals 20-44 11-18 61.

UAA 30 30 -- 60

Northwest Nazarene 28 33 -- 61

3-point goals -- UAA 7-21 (Leckband 2-2, Lauwers 1-3, Stafford 0-2, Fossman 2-7, MacKelvie 0-1, Demissie 2-6), NNU 10-14 (Hawkins 5-7, Donaldson 2-2, Moilanen 0-1, Moore 3-4). Rebounds -- UAA 30 (Gibcus 7), NNU 30 (Rima 8). Total fouls -- UAA 17, NNU 23. Fouled out -- Rima. Assists -- UAA 10 (three players with 2), NNU 14 (Jones 7). Turnovers -- UAA 7 (two with 2), NNU 11 (four with 2). Steals -- UAA 5 (Lauwers 3), NNU 5 Hawkins 2, Moore 2). Blocked shots -- UAA 2, NNU 6 (Kurimsky 2, Rima 2). Officials -- Holmes, Spitzsnagel, Witt).

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