UAA men's basketball team routs Western Oregon in home finale

mnesper@adn.comFebruary 22, 2014 

Good things come in threes. 

Kyle Fossman is proof. The UAA senior guard’s incredible 3-point shooting helped him set three records Saturday in his final game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. 

Fossman was 12 of 16 from beyond the arc and scored a career-high 40 points as the Seawolves dispatched visiting Western Oregon 96-77 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game. 

Fossman’s 12 treys are a single-game record for both UAA and the GNAC, and they bring his career total to 247, also a UAA record. 

The huge number of downtown shots isn’t typical for Fossman. 

“I don’t normally take 16 threes in a game,” he said. 

But when the shots are falling, he said, you go with it.  

“If you hit a few of them … you keep shooting,” he said. 

Fossman did, and they kept falling. He shot 75 percent from beyond the arc. 

“It was kind of crazy,” he said. “I felt like I was on fire.” 

So was Travis Thompson. 

Thompson poured in 33 points, 24 of which came from behind the arc.

Thompson and Fossman accounted for 76 percent of the Seawolves’ offense — and they equaled Western Oregon’s total output. 

“Tonight was just one of those nights,” Thompson said. 

Senior Colton Lauwers added 12 points for UAA, which improved to 17-11 overall and 10-7 in the conference. 

Rodney Webster (19 points) led a Western Oregon team that had four players in double figures.   

Western Oregon made 15 treys of its own. UAA nearly doubled that, sinking a total of 27. 

All but 15 of the Seawolves’ points came from 3-pointers, and 41 of their 55 field-goal attempts came from 3-point range. UAA was good on 65.9 percent of its 3-pointers, an effort helped by Thompson’s 8 of 12 shooting and Lauwers’ 4 of 6 shooting.

Western Oregon’s defensive strategy enabled UAA to create open looks, UAA coach Rusty Osborne said. 

“They try and cause a lot of turnovers,” he said. “If you move the ball, you’re going to get a lot of shots.” 

And shooting 3-pointers is no problem for UAA. 

“It’s just what our strength is,” Osborne said. “I see it every day in practice. I know how well our guys can shoot.” 

UAA jumped out a double-digit lead midway through the first half. Western Oregon cut the deficit to eight by halftime. 

The Seawolves opened the second half with a 3-point clinic and put the game out of reach five minutes into the second half. Fossman and Thompson sank six treys apiece in the final 20 minutes. 

Saturday marked the final basketball game at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. UAA is moving into the Alaska Airlines Center next season. 

The big win, combined with a packed house of fans donning commemorative “white-out T-shirts,” was a great way to end on their home court, Osborne said. 

“It was a very fun atmosphere,” he said.

 


Reach Mike Nesper at mnesper@adn.com or 257-4335.

 

WESTERN OREGON (77) — Thomas 0-4 0-0 0, Avgi 4-8 3-3 11, Alexander 5-12 0-0 11, Johnson 2-4 0-0 6, Wiley 4-7 1-2 10, Webster 7-11 4-5 19, Hastings 1-3 0-0 2, Dupree-Turner 1-3 4-4 6, Schriber 0-3 0-0 0, Holbrook 1-2 0-0 3, Sarhan 3-7 3-4 9. Totals 28-64 15-18 77.

UAA (96) — Stafford 2-4 0-0 5, McGill 1-6 0-0 3, Thompson 12-18 1-1 33, Lauwers 4-6 0-0 12, Leckband 1-1 0-2 3, Baisa 0-0 0-0 0, Craft 0-0 0-0 0, Blossom 0-1 0-0 0, Mears 0-1 0-0 0, McTier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-55 1-3 96.

Western Oregon35 42 77
UAA 43 53 96

3-point goals — WOU 6-24 (Thomas 0-1, Alexander 1-5, Johnson 2-4, Wiley 1-4, Webster 1-3, Hasting 0-1, Dupree-Turner 0-1, Schriber 0-3, Holbrook 1-2), UAA 27-41 (Stafford 1-1, McGill 1-4, Thompson 8-12, Lauwers 4-6, Fossman 12-16, Leckband 1-1). Rebounds — WOU 30 (Sarhan 5), UAA 29 (Fossman 6). Total fouls — WOU 11, UAA 15. Fouled out — none. Assists — WOU 11 (Alexander 4), UAA 30 (McGill 10). Turnovers — WOU 8 (Webster 3), UAA 15 (McGill 4). Blocks — UAA 2 (Stafford 2). Steals — WOU 7 (Webster 5), UAA 4. A — 826. Officials — Shamion, Grant, Tovoli.

 

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