UAA men win again to start season 2-0

A pair of newcomers made a good second impression and senior Liam Gibcus had one of the most productive games of his career Saturday to carry the UAA men's basketball team to the championship of its own tournament.

Gibcus, a reserve center during his first three seasons, grabbed nine rebounds and scored 10 points in a 85-75 win over Colorado State-Pueblo. The win made the Seawolves the only undefeated team at the AT&T Jamboree, a four-team, round-robin tournament at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Teancum Stafford, a sophomore transfer from Snow College, poured in 23 points and brought down seven rebounds, and Mike McKelvie, a junior transfer from Eastern Arizona, contributed 12 points, eight rebounds, five assists and delivered a timely three-point play late in the game.

All five starters scored in doubles figures and nine players furnished rebounds to take down the Thunderwolves of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The win followed Friday's 10-point victory over Colorado Christian and was the 14th straight Jamboree victory for the Seawolves (2-0).

UAA took the lead two minutes in and never trailed, although Pueblo twice came within five points in the final minutes.

The first time came with 2 minutes, 45 seconds left when Arden Dennis (21 points, eight rebounds) scored a fast-break layup to trim UAA's lead to 73-68. MacKelvie responded 23 seconds later, drawing a foul while scoring in the paint and knocking down the subsequent free throw to stretch UAA's lead to 76-68.

Another bucket by Dennis made it 78-73 with 1:28 to go. Five seconds later, UAA's Colton Lauwers (13 points, six rebounds) hit a pair of free throws to make it a three-possession game for the Thunderwolves.

The Seawolves scored their final 11 points at the foul line, beginning with the MacKelvie free throw.

Gibcus, a 6-foot-10 post, was limited by foul trouble -- he picked up his fourth foul midway through the second half -- but still logged 17 minutes, almost twice what he averaged last year as a backup to All-American center Taylor Rohde. Though he didn't match his career highs (15 points, 10 rebounds), he was a big factor when he was in the game -- he made 5 of 8 field goals and his nine rebounds included six on the offensive end of the court.

The Seawolves got another iron-man effort from 6-foot Kyle Fossman, a junior guard from Haines. A night after playing 39 minutes against Colorado Christian, Fossman played all 40 minutes Saturday and didn't commit a single turnover. He pumped in 17 points and hit half of his eight 3-point attempts.

Stafford, a 6-5 swingman, keyed UAA's 47.3 percent shooting effort by hitting 7 of 13 field goal attempts, including 3 of 5 from long range. He was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, while Gibcus and Fossman made the all-tournament team.

Others on the all-tournament team were Michael Stamer and Michael Brown of Colorado Christian and Stefan Tica of UAF.

 

Nanooks fall, 72-63

Sophomore guard Michael Brown led a balanced Colorado Christian effort with 15 points Saturday in a 72-63 victory over UAF in the AT&T Jamboree at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Sergej Pucar, a 6-foot-11 center from Serbia, led UAF with 17 points, 13 rebounds and two blocks but the Nanooks were outshot 45.5 percent to 32.8 percent and made just 6 of 25 shots from 3-point range.

Both teams finished the tournament 1-1. On Friday, UAA handed Colorado Christian a 66-56 loss and UAF took an 80-76 overtime win over Colorado State-Pueblo.

 

COLORADO STATE-PUEBLO (75) -- Dennis 8-17 2-2 21; Arel 4-7 4-4 16; Agbaroji 4-6 1-2 11; Rosenbaum 1-4 7-8 9; Tigner 2-4 1-2 5; Williams 1-2 1-2 4; Knafelc 1-2 1-2 3; Lee 1-4 1-3 3; Velasquez 0-4 3-4 3; Mina,J.J. 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 22-56 21-29 75.

UAA (85) -- Stafford 7-13 6-7 23; Fossman 4-11 5-6 17; Lauwers 2-5 7-9 13; MacKelvie 5-11 2-5 12; Gibcus 5-8 0-0 10; Heard 3-3 3-3 9; Little 0-2 1-2 1; Spickerman 0-0 0-0 0; Demissie 0-0 0-2 0; Erickson 0-1 0-0 0; Leckband 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-55 24-34 85.

Colorado State-Pueblo 31 44 -- 75

UAA 35 50 -- 85

3-point goals -- Pueblo 10-29 (Arel 4-6; Dennis 3-9; Agbaroji,Derick 2-3; Williams,Tyrell 1-2; Lee,Wendell 0-2; Velasquez,Bryse 0-1; Mina,J.J. 0-4; Tigner,Nate 0-1; Rosenbaum,Matt 0-1), UAA 9-23 (Fossman 4-8; Stafford 3-5; Lauwers 2-5; Little 0-1; Erickson 0-1; Leckband 0-1; MacKelvie 0-2). Rebounds -- Pueblo 30 (Dennis 8; Mina 8), UAA 44 (Gibcus 9). Assists -- Pueblo 14 (Tigner 7), UAA 18 (MacKelvie 5). Turnovers -- Pueblo 13 (Velasquez 3), UAA 18 (MacKelvie 4, Stafford 4). Steals -- Pueblo 5, UAA 3 (Fossman 2). Blocked shots -- UAA 2. Total fouls -- Pueblo 25, UAA 22. Fouled out --Lee. Technical fouls -- Velasquez, UAA team. A -- 492.

 

 


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