UAA men set basketball records in 149-70 win over Northland International

jpeters@adn.comDecember 16, 2013 

Records fell Monday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, where the UAA men's basketball team steamrolled Northland International 149-70 in a nonconference game.

UAA's 149 points were a program record, breaking the old mark of 141, which was set against Alaska Southeast in 1989. Chief among the other single-game records set were UAA's 27 made 3-pointers and point guard Brian McGill's 20 assists.

"It's fun, but I don't think that was on any of our minds, breaking the records," said UAA center Brad Mears. "More of (the focus) was just on going out and playing and, luckily, we hit a lot of shots."

Travis Thompson made the most shots for UAA, hitting 11 of 16 on his way to a game-high 35 points. He drilled 8 of 12 from the beyond the arc, tying him for sixth in program history for most made treys in a game.

Shooting better than 62 percent, the Seawolves weren't shy from long range. They hoisted 50 3-pointers and the 27 made shattered the old mark of 19 set in 2001 against Montana State-Billings.

It became evident from early on that records were in jeopardy. With 7:32 to play in the first half, UAA led 50-15 at the end of a 22-0 run and were shooting 70 percent. Colton Lauwers reached 17 of his career-high 22 points in the first half, thanks in part to some long bombs from way beyond the arc. He led all scorers into the break, with UAA up 76-29.

"It's not too big a deal, as long as we get a win," Lauwers said. "We like to run the ball, so that's why we scored so many points, because we didn't stop running the ball. We want to get better as a team and sometimes if you hold the ball, you don't develop."

UAA improved to 7-4 overall and is 1-0 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference after a 96-76 win over UAF nine days ago. The Seawolves will face Northland (4-10) again Tuesday at 7 p.m., in a rare back-to-back showdown with the same team, then will have some time off for the holidays before resuming GNAC play with a home game against Western Washington on Jan. 2.

Part of the reason for scheduling two games so close together stems from the difficulty other teams have with traveling to Alaska, said UAA coach Rusty Osborne.

"That's what we have to do up here in Alaska to make it economically feasible," he said. "I'm really thankful for coach (Michael McCarthy) for bringing his group up."

Northland has been riddled with injuries this season, Osborne said, and they were missing a few talented players Monday. Osborne's goal with both games is to find ways to improve the Seawolves. There are all sorts of ways to do that, he said, and Northland's hustle throughout the game contributed.

"It would have been easy for them to put their head down at halftime, but they came out and battled us and made us guard them, which is good," Osborne said. "We got something out of it."

Northland showed the ability to shoot, hitting 10 3-pointers, five of which came from Anthony Lewis, who scored a game-high 23 points. Micah Baines drilled four treys and finished with 22 points.

In recent weeks, playing against Division-I teams in the Carrs-Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and a UAF team equipped with a 6-foot-11 center, the Seawolves have been the undersized team. Monday, it was their turn to hold a size advantage and it showed up in the rebounding battle, which UAA won 56-27.

The biggest player on Northland's roster is listed at 6-5, so it wasn't surprising to see the 6-9 Mears score two of the Seawolves' first three buckets on his way to 15 points on 7 of 9 shooting. While it was fun to be the biggst guy on the floor for a change, Mears looks forward to facing bigger opponents down the road.

"Honestly, I like playing against the big guys," Mears said. "I get pumped for it.

Six players scored in double figures for UAA, with McGill pumping in 24, Kyle Fossman depositing 13 and Christian Leckband hitting for 11.

McGill's 20 assists eclipsed the old record of 18 dished by Luke Cooper in 2008 overtime game against Saint Martin's. UAA's 41 team assists was also a record, outdoing the 39 achieved in 1999 against Carver Bible College.

Other notable single-game records set Monday: The 50 3-point attempts was one more than UAA shot against Seton Hall in 1997. The 72 points scored in the second half barely outpaced the 71 scored against Edinboro in 1992.

Reach Jeremy Peters at jpeters@adn.com or 257-4335.

Northland (70) -- Anthony 8-21 2-2 23; Harrison 1-5 2-2 5; Conover 1-6 4-4 6; Baines 8-19 2-2 22; Hinnant 2-11 2-6 6; Valenzuela 0-2 5-6 5; Potratz 0-2 0-0 0; Katzbeck 0-0 3-4 3; Walton 0-1 0-0 0; Totals -- 20-67 20-26 70.

UAA (149) -- Lauwers 8-12 1-1 22; Mears 7-9 1-1 15; McGill 8-12 5-6 24; Thompson 11-16 5-5 35; Fossman 5-11 0-0 13; Leckband 4-6 2-2 11; Baisa 2-3 0-0 6; Craft 2-3 0-0 6; Blossom 2-2 0-0 6; Stafford 3-10 0-0 7; McTier 2-3 0-0 4; Totals -- 54-87 14-15 149.

Northland 29 41 70

UAA 76 73 149

3-point goals -- Northland 10-24 (Lewis 5-8, Harrison 1-2; Conover 0-4; Baines 4-8; Potratz 0-1; Walton 0-1). UAA 27-50 (Lauwers 5-8; McGill 2-4; Thompson 8-12; Fossman 3-9; Leckband 1-2; Baisa 2-3; Craft 2-3; Blossom 2-2; Stafford 1-7). Rebounds -- Northland 27 (Lewis 11); UAA 56 (Stafford 11). Total Fouls -- Northland 10; UAA 21. Fouled out- none. Assists -- Northland 12 (Baines 4); UAA 41 (McGill 20); Turnovers -- Northland 16 (Hinnant 5); UAA 9 (McGill 6). Blocks -- Northland 2; UAA 4. Steals -- Northland 5; UAA 13 (McGill 4). Officials -- Lujan, Conley, Leitch. A -- 387

 

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