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UAA men fall to Central Washington

Hot-shooting Central Washington handed the UAA men's basketball team its second loss in three games, defeat the Seawolves 95-88 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

In losing a league game on their home court for the second time this season, the Seawolves slipped below the .500 mark in the GNAC with a 3-4 record. They are 10-8 overall.

Central Washington (8-7, 4-3) hit 60 percent of its shots. JB Pillard poured in 23 points to go with 12 rebounds and Mark McLaughlin, the nation's second-leading scorer in Division II, added 21 points.

UAA countered with Travis Thompson with 22 points and Brian McGill with 20. Teancum Stafford turned in a double-double with 12 points and 11 boards and Colton Lauwers added 12 points.

UAA shot 41 percent and was outrebounded 36-31.

"We shot it better tonight, but our defense and rebounding let us down," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a press release. "We didn't block out well and it killed us in the end."

UAA, which trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, pulled to within one, 45-44, at halftime. It grabbed a 47-45 lead an old-fashioned three-point play by Thompson just 22 seconds into the second half, but the Wildcats quickly regained control.

Central extended its lead to nine points, 71-62) and warded off numerous UAA runs. A free throw by Thompson made it a one-possesion game with 47 seconds left, 87-74, but the Wildcats never folded.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON (95) — Pillard 11-16 0-2 23, Davis 5-5 1-1 12, Roppo 2-3 2-2 7, Rodgers 2-3 2-2 7, McLaughlin 7-16 6-6 22, Vaughn 1-1 0-0 2, Russell 7-11 0-0 15, Dawn 0-0 0-0 0, Peake 2-4 0-1 5, Budinich 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 37-62 13-16 95.

UAA (88) — Stafford 4-10 1-1 12, Mears 2-8 2-4 6, McGill 6-13 7-8 20, Thompson 6-15 6-9 22, Fossman 1-3 0-0 3, Leckband 2-4 0-0 5, Baisa 0-1 0-0 0, Lauwers 2-6 7-9 12, Blossom 3-3 0-0 8, McTier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-63 23-31 88.

Central Washington45 50 — 95

UAA44 44 — 88

3-point goals — CWU 8-19 (Pillard 1-2, Davis 1-1, Roppo 1-1, Rodgers 1-1, McLaughlin 2-5, Russell 1-3, Peake 1-3), UAA 13-27 (Stafford 3-7, McGill 1-1, Thompson 4-9, Fossman 1-2, Leckband 1-1, Baisa 0-1, Lauwers 1-4, Blossom 2-2). Rebounds — CWU 36 (Pillard 12), UAA 31 (Stafford 11). Total fouls — CWU 18, UAA 18. Fouled out — Rodgers. Assists — CWU 22 (Pillard 6), UAA 17 (Fossman 6). Turnovers — CWU 9 (Pillard 3, Davis 3), UAA 7 (McGill 3). Blocks — CWU 5 (Davis 2), UAA 1. Steals — CWU 2, UAA 1. A — 650. Officials — Westcott, Lujan, Winn.

 


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