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Seawolves start hoops season with romp over Lindenwood

The UAA men's basketball team kicked off its season with a road victory Friday, using 18 points and eight rebounds from Kyle Fossman to help secure a 74-57 win over Lindenwood at the CCA Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

Fossman's deft shooting touch was on display at the Anaheim Convention Center. The senior guard from Haines made four 3-pointers on 6-of-11 shooting and was one of five UAA starters to score in double figures. Junior guard Travis Thompson hit for 11, with Brad Mears, Brian McGill and Teancum Stafford each adding 10.

The Seawolves, who were coming off road exhibition losses to BYU and The Master's College, started fast. They used a 7-0 run to build an 18-9 lead midway through the first half and led 40-28 at halftime.

Stafford, who was scoreless in the first half, helped keep momentum rolling UAA's way in the second half by hitting an short jumper and a 3-pointer early. UAA took its largest lead at 58-32 on a layup from Mears, who made 5 of 7 shots.

UAA was outrebounded 37-29 -- Stafford grabbed six rebounds and Christian Leckband five -- but the Seawolves took much better care of the ball, commiting 10 turnover's to Lindenwood's 19.

Thompson dished six assists and McGill delivered five, and Jackson McTier made his debut by scoring six of his eight points from the free throw line.

"I thought Leckband and McTier both did a nice job, especially Jackson in his first collegiate game," said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne in a press release. "They both really gave us a boost there in the first half, and we defended a little bit better as the game wore on.

"Now we've got to get some rest before we face a very good team tomorrow."

The Seawolves will take on Minnesota State at 8 a.m. AST Saturday. The Mavericks (1-0), ranked fifth nationally, defeated Texas A&M International 83-60 Friday.

Friday's game was UAA's first meeting with Lindenwood, a team that finished 19-7 and finished third in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association last season. Sam Mader scored a team-high 15 points for the Lions, who are from St. Charles, Mo.

Fossman's four treys moved him up four spots on UAA's all-time list for 3-pointers made. He is tied with Tai Riser (1993-95) with 148.

LINDENWOOD (57) -- Reeg 0-3 0-0 0; Mader 4-7 7-7 15; Smith 1-7 2-4 4; Boos 4-9 1-1 11; Ressel 1-7 1-2 4; Marquardt 5-9 0-0 13; Ramirez 1-3 0-1 2; Dundalov 1-4 3-4 5; Biggs 0-0 0-0 0 Hinton 1-1 0-0 3; Totals -- 18-50 14-19 57.

UAA (74) -- Mears 5-7 0-0 10; McGill 4-9 2-2 10; Thompson 4-10 1-2 11; Stafford 3-6 3-4 10; Fossman 6-11 2-2 18; Leckband 1-2 0-0 3; Lauwers 1-6 1-2 4; McTier 1-1 6-8 8; Totals -- 25-52 15-20 74.

Lindenwood 28 29 -- 57

UAA 40 34 -- 74

3-point goals -- LU 7-22 (Reeg 0-1; Smith 0-2; Boos 2-5; Ressel 1-6; Marquardt 3-5; Ramirez 0-1; Dundalov 0-1; Hinton 1-1); UAA 9-24 (Thompson 2-7; Stafford 1-3; Fossman 4-7; Leckband 1-2; Lauwers 1-5). Rebounds -- LU 37 (Reeg 10); UAA 29 (Fossman 8). Assists -- LU 5 (Smith 2); UAA 15 (Thompson 6, McGill 5); Turnovers -- LU 19 (Ressel 5); UAA 10 (Thompson, Leckband 3). Steals -- LU 3; UAA 4 (McGill 2). Total Fouls -- LU 20; UAA 22. Fouled out -- none. Officials -- Dodson, Stokes, Healy.

 


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