Late surge carries UAA men past Western Oregon

sports@adn.comFebruary 9, 2013 

The UAA men's basketball team staged a furious finish Saturday afternoon to rally past Western Oregon in the game's final four minutes and take a 79-73 victory in Monmouth, Ore.

The win gave the Seawolves (15-6 overall, 8-5 conference) a split in their two-game road trip and allowed them to hang onto third place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Seawolves shined on both ends of the court in the game's final 41/2 minutes. They held Western Oregon scoreless for more than four minutes while reeling off 11 straight points.

His team trailing 68-65, UAA's Liam Gibcus triggered the run with a free throw with 4 minutes, 24 seconds left.

Jalen Little found an open Abebe Demissie for a 3-pointer that gave the Seawolves their first lead of the half, 69-68 with 3:39 to go.

Then came two more free throws from Gibcus, a 3-pointer from Kyle Fossman and a 17-foot fallaway jumper from Teancum Stafford. UAA led 76-68 before Andy Avgi finally found the bucket for Western Oregon, scoring a layup with 31 seconds left to cut UAA's lead to six points.

Three-point shooting saved the day for the Seawolves, who were outrebounded 39-28 and trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half.

UAA hit 10 of 23 its long-range shots, with Demissie burying 4 of 7 shots from 3-point range, Fossman hitting all three of his attempts, Stafford draining two and Christian Leckband adding one.

Stafford scored a team-high 17 points and Demissie and Fossman both chipped in 15. Fossman only missed one shot and both he and Demissie handed out three assists.

Kolton Nelson's 21 points and Avgi's 18 points and eight rebounds paced Western Oregon (9-11, 4-8). Nelson had 17 of his points at the half, carrying the Wolves to a 34-29 halftime lead.

UAA coach Rusty Osborne served up a curveball at the start of the game -- only one regular starter, freshman Christian Leckband, was in the starting lineup. Also starting were freshmen Little, John Erickson, Collin Spickerman and junior Mike MacKelvie.

Those five helped UAA to an 8-6 lead before the game's first timeout at 15:53, when Osborne subbed in Fossman, Gibcus, Stafford, Demissie and Colton Lauwers.

Little put in a good effort at the point, finishing with six points, five assists, two steals and no turnovers.

The Seawolves begin a three-game home stand -- their last home games of the season -- Saturday with a game against the rival Nanooks from UAF. They have five regular-season games left.

UAA (79) -- Stafford 6-14 3-5 17; Demissie 5-8 1-2 15; Fossman 4-5 4-4 15; Gibcus 2-5 3-4 7; Leckband 3-6 0-0 7; Little 2-6 2-2 6; MacKelvie 2-3 1-2 5; Weitzel 2-3 0-0 4; Heard 1-1 0-0 2; Erickson 0-2 1-2 1; Spickerman 0-2 0-0 0; Lauwers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 15-21 79.

WESTERN OREGON (73) -- Nelson 10-16 0-2 21; Avgi 6-13 6-8 18; Gehring 4-5 2-2 10; Webster 2-8 3-4 7; Wiley 3-10 0-0 7; Alexander 1-3 0-0 3; Funk 1-3 0-0 3; Carter 1-1 0-0 2; Schriber 1-2 0-0 2; Troxel 0-1 0-0 0; Johnson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 29-64 11-16 73.

UAA 29 50 -- 79

Western Oregon 34 39 -- 73

3-point goals -- UAA 10-23 (Demissie 4-7; Fossman 3-3; Stafford 2-7; Leckband 1-3; Erickson 0-2; Little 0-1), Western Oregon 4-16 (Wiley 1-7; Funk 1-2; Nelson 1-2; Alexander 1-1; Troxel 0-1; Johnson 0-2; Avgi 0-1). Fouled out -- none. Rebounds -- UAA 28 (Gibcus 4; Stafford 4), Western Oregon 39 (Avgi 8). Assists -- UAA 16 (Little 5), Western Oregon 9 (Funk 4). Turnovers -- UAA 10 (Stafford 3), WOU 11 (Nelson 3). Steals -- UAA 7 (Little 2, Weitzel 2), WOU 5 (Wiley 3). Blocks -- UAA 2, WOU 5 (Wiley 2). Total fouls -- UAA 15, Western Oregon 19. A -- 1,059.

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