With coach sidelined, UAA men lose third straight at home

sports@adn.comFebruary 8, 2014 

The UAA men's basketball team lost its third straight game at home, this time falling 75-62 to Montana State-Billings in a game the Seawolves played without head coach Rusty Osborne.

Osborne missed the game because of a suspension slapped on him by athletic director Keith Hackett after Thursday's loss to Seattle Pacific. Osborne was ejected from that game with a little more than two minutes left, and Seattle Pacific dominated the final stretch to turn a tied game into a rout.

On Saturday, with assistant coach Cameron Turner running the show, UAA missed eight straight shots down the stretch and squandered an eight-point, second-half lead.

In losing three straight at home for the first time since 2005, the Seawolves dropped to 13-11 overall, 6-7 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Billings, which hadn't won in Anchorage since the 1998-99 season, improved to 9-12, 5-8.

The guard duo of Brian McGill and Kyle Fossman provided 32 points for UAA -- each scored 16 -- but Billings got a bigger effort from the post duo of Austin Hudson and Jonathan Mesghna, who combined for 37 points and 20 rebounds. Together they helped the Yellowjackets dominate the boards 44-29.

The Seawolves trailed 30-21 late in the first half but finished with a 16-2 run that gave them a 37-32 halftime.

UAA's Teancum Stafford scored all seven of his points during an early second-half run that gave his tean a 47-39 lead with just under 14 minutes left.

Billings answered with a 11-0 run, punctuated by two 3-pointers from Mesghna. The game stayed close for several minutes, and UAA tied it 55-55 on Fossman's 3-pointer at 7:46. But UAA missed their went go cold from there, missing its next eight shots.

The Seawolves shot 36.2 per cent, their third-worst effort of the season.

UAA makes its final regular-season trip to the Lower 48 this week for games against Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene.

 

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS (75) — Mesghna 5-11 2-2 16, Hudson 9-13 5-6 23, Hatcher 1-6 4-5 7, Wallace 5-14 2-2 12, Matthews 5-8 0-1 13, Desin 0-2 0-0 0, Miller 1-4 0-0 3, Nelson 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 26-58 14-18 75.

UAA (62) — Lauers 1-6 0-0 3, Stafford 3-11 0-1 7, McGill 5-9 3-4 16, Thompson 3-10 0-0 8, Fossman 6-14 2-2 16, Leckband 1-2 5-5 7, Blosson 1-4 0-0 3, Mears 1-2 0-2 2. Totals 21-58 10-14 62.

MSUB3243—75

UAA        3725—62

Three-point goals — Montana State Billings 9-23 (Mesghna 4-8, Matthews 3-5, Hatcher 1-3, Miller 1-3, Wallace 0-3, Desin 0-1), UAA 10-37 (McGill 3-6, Fossman 2-8, Thompson 2-6, Blossom 1-4, Lauwers 1-6, Stafford 1-6, Leckband 0-1). Total fouls — Montana State Billings 15, UAA 19. Fouled out — UAA Thompson. Technical fouls — Montana State Billings 1 (team), UAA none. Rebounds — Montana State Billings 44 (Mesghna 10, Hudson 10), UAA 29 (Lauwers 7). Assists — Montana State Billings 21 (Hatcher 10), UAA 16 (Fossman 6). Turnovers — Montana State Billings 13 (Hudson 4, Hatcher 4), UAA 11 (Fossman 4). Steals — Montana State Billings 7 (Hudson 2, Matthews 2), UAA 4 (McGill 2). Blocks — Montana State Billings 0, UAA 4 (Stafford 2, Leckband 2). Officials — Grant,  Conley, Starkovich. A — 606.

 

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