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Fresno State wears down UAA men’s basketball team

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 6
  • Published November 6

In the moral-victory department, the UAA men's basketball team came away from an exhibition game against Fresno State knowing it can keep pace with a Division I team — for awhile.

The Seawolves stayed with Fresno State for much of the first half before absorbing a 91-63 loss Tuesday night in Fresno, California.

UAA won the battle of the boards and produced two double-figure scorers, but Fresno State cashed in on 17 UAA turnovers and outshot the Seawolves, 47.5 percent to 33.8 percent.

Nico Bevins dropped in 14 points and Tyler Brimhall piled up 11 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Seawolves. Brian Pearson added nine points, including a hook shot that brought UAA within three points, 27-24, with less than eight minutes left in the first half.

But Fresno State (1-0) pulled away for a 41-32 halftime lead and outscored UAA 50-31 in the second half to win with ease.

"This was another good learning experience for our team, however we need to learn to compete for more than 20 minutes," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a press release from the school.

Fresno State, a Mountain West Conference team, had seven players with eight or more points, including Braxton Huggins, who canned five treys to lead the way with 23 points.

Brimhall helped UAA to a 45-38 rebounding advantage that included eight boards from Sjur Berg, who had a game-high four on the offensive end.

UAA heads to Hawaii for games Friday and Saturday against Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade, respectively.

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