Near the midway point of UAA's exhibition men's basketball game with host BYU, Cougars forward Erick Mika caught a pass in the lane, took a step and threw down a two-handed dunk.
The mighty jam is the kind of thing the Seawolves don't see too often against Division II opponents, and despite a strong start Saturday in a road exhibition against the Division I opponent, UAA fell 99-68 to BYU.
UAA opened on a 10-4 run against the Cougars, but trailed 44-30 at halftime. The size differential was undeniable as BYU ruled the glass with a 69-29 rebounding advantage at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.
Travis Thompson led the way for the Seawolves, scoring a team-high 14 points, with Colton Lauwers and Brian McGill each adding 11 points and Kyle Fossman contributing 10 points and four rebounds. Fossman and Lauwers each sparked the Seawolves defensive effort in the early going by drawing charging fouls in the paint.
UAA, which won the turnover battle 14-12, shot 32.9 percent from the field and 23.5 percent from beyond the arc. BYU, 1 of 7 from the three-point line, shot 47 percent from the field.
The Cougars, led by 17 points and 14 rebounds from the 6-foot-8 Mika, took their first lead at 14-12. UAA was still within 22-17 when Lauwers drilled a 3-pointer with 9:05 to play in the first half, but BYU went on an 11-0 run and kept things rolling. Matt Carlino tossed in another double-double for the Cougars, with 17 points and 11 rebounds.
Preseason polls have BYU picked to finish second behind Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.
UAA, tabbed second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason poll, will finish its exhibition season Monday on the road against The Master's College before moving on to the Disney Division-II Tip-Off Classic in California later in the week. GNAC play begins next month with a home game against UAF.
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