Stafford sparks UAA men's 93-60 basketball romp

Teancum Stafford had one of the biggest games of his career and point guard Brian McGill impressed in his homecourt debut Friday night for the UAA men's basketball team.

Stafford, a returning starter, registered his second career double-double and McGill scored 15 points while handing out nine assists to help UAA to a 93-60 victory over Holy Names University of Oakland, Calif.

The win came on the first day of the two-day AT&T Jamboree at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, where earlier in the day Regis University stopped UAF 72-63. Action continues Saturday with two games, including UAA's 3 p.m. meeting with Regis.

The Seawolves (3-1) led 45-39 at the half, and Stafford was just warming up.

After scoring five points in the first half, he furnished eight points in the first five minutes of the second half, keying a 13-2 run that put UAA up 58-41.

Stafford finished with 19 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, five of them offensive boards. McGill, a point guard who transferred from conference rival Western Oregon, only made one turnover in 30 minutes of play.

The Seawolves (3-1) also got 23 points and five assists from junior guard Travis Thompson and 22 points from senior guard Kyle Fossman.

The Hawks (0-2), who play in the Pacific West Conference, got 14 points apiece from forward Harold Perry and reserve guard Dante Robinson.

Holy Names stayed close in the first half thanks to 56 percent shooting (15 of 27), but UAA took over quickly in the second half. The lead ballooned to 87-55 on Thompson's fifth 3-pointer of the game with 4:18 to play.

UAA's top guns -- Thompson, Fossman and Stafford -- each shot better than 50 percent. Thompson was 5 of 9 from 3-point range and 7 of 13 overall, Fossman was 6 of 12 from 3-point range and 8 of 15 overall and Stafford hit 7 of 12 shots.

McGill, meanwhile, was a perfect 7 of 7 at the free throw line.

Also impressing in his UAA home debut was freshman center Jackson McTier, who grabbed five rebounds.

Regis 72, UAF 63

Senior forward Jon Conley came off the bench to score 14 points and grab nine rebounds Friday, leading Regis University to a season-opening 72-63 victory over UAF in the tournament's early game.

Jarrett Green added 13 points, six rebounds, four assists and only one turnover in 36 minutes to earn AT&T Player of the Game honors.

The Nanooks (0-1) got a game-high 15 points from guard Ronnie Baker, plus 13 points and five rebounds from center Sergej Pucar.

Regis, from Denver and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, scored the first eight points of the second half to snap a 28-28 halftime tie. The scorng spree included a personal 6-0 run by forward Joseph Bodman, who finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

UAF got within four points twice in the late going, but Regis guard Joe Slocum banked in a three-pointer with 43 seconds left to make it 68-61 and seal the win.

AT&T Jamboree

Wells Fargo Sports Complex

Friday's results

Regis 72, UAF 63

UAA 93, Holy Names 60

Saturday's games

1 p.m. -- UAF vs. Holy Names

3 p.m. -- UAA vs. Regis


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