UAA men make home hoops debut Friday

The UAA men's basketball team makes its home debut Friday at the 18th annual AT&T Jamboree.

The Seawolves (2-1) play Holy Names University of Oakland, Calif., in the second of two games at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. UAF meets Regis University of Denver in the 5 p.m. game.

UAA is trying to get back on the winning track following Sunday's heartbreaker against Cal State-San Diego, which scored the final nine points in an 88-81 win over UAA at the CCA Tip-off Classic in Anaheim, Calif. The Seawolves won their first two games at the tournament before falling to San Diego.

Expected to return to the lineup is the team's second-leading scorer Teancum Stafford (19.9 points per game), who sat out the Sunday game for religious reasons.

In Stafford's absence, junior guard Travis Thompson picked up his game by scoring a career-high 32 points and junior guard Brian McGill poured in 24. Both men were redshirts last season and now they are averaging double figures -- Thompson leads the team in scoring with 20.3 ppg and McGill is third with 15.3 ppg.

Senior Kyle Fossman, who is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range, gives UAA a fourth player in double figures (13.7).

Holy Names (0-1) is coming off a 75-43 loss to Chico State, while UAF and Regis are playing their season-openers after each went 1-1 in exhibition play.

Regis split a pair of exhibition games against Division I teams, beating Air Force 70-65 and falling to Colorado State 70-69. UAF split a pair of games against Northwest Indian College, winning the first game 102-72 and losing the second 94-82.

The round-robin tournament concludes Saturday with UAA playing Regis at 3 p.m. and UAF meeting Holy Names at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, UAA will play Holy Names in a 5 p.m. non-tournament game.

Anchorage Daily News