UAA men's basketball team returns home to face tough Seattle Pacific

After four games on the road the UAA men's basketball team is happy to be home, especially since its next opponent is a tough one -- nationally ranked Seattle Pacific.

The homecourt advantage has worked well for the Seawolves in the past against Seattle Pacific, the 19th-ranked team in Division II. Until the Falcons took a six-point win last year, UAA had beaten Seattle Pacific seven straight times at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Thursday's game, which tips off at 7 p.m., pits a potent offense against a rugged defense.

UAA (13-9 overall, 6-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) averages 87.4 points per game and ranks 16th nationally in offense. Seattle Pacific (18-4, 9-2) allows 65.3 points per game and ranks 18th nationally in defense.

Three Seawolves rank among the league's top 10 scorers -- Travis Thompson (22.2 points per game), Brian McGill (17.1) and Kyle Fossman (15.7).

Seattle Pacific is led by senior point guard David Downs, who averages 19.5 points and 4.8 assists per game.

The Falcons are one of UAA's oldest rivals. The teams played their first game in 1977 and have played 66 times altogether.

Another old foe comes to town on Saturday -- Montana State-Billings (8-11, 4-7), which UAA has faced 67 times. UAF is the only other team the Seawolves have played more games against.

The UAA women (14-5 overall, 7-4 GNAC) are on the road this week for a pair of early games. They play Saint Martin's (12-7, 6-4) at 4:15 p.m. AST Thursday and Western Oregon (5-13, 2-9) at 1 p.m. Saturday.