Poor outside shooting and turnovers led to UAA’s demise Saturday in a clash with conference leader Saint Martin’s.
The Saints’ efficiency from inside and beyond the arc was too much for the Seawolves in a 69-53 loss.
The Seawolves committed 12 turnovers and were dry from deep, converting on seven of 31 3-point attempts. Sharpshooting juniors Niko Bevens, Tyler Brimhall and Jack Macdonald were a combined 6-of-26 from long range.
“We didn’t execute our defensive game plan very well, and they were able to get some open 3-point looks that they took advantage of,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne in a press release from the school. “Our jump shots were not going down either, and that makes it very tough against a talented opponent like Saint Martin’s.”
UAA outrebounded Saint Martin’s 34-28 but the Saints made up for that with solid shooting. They hit 48.1 percent of their shots, including 11 of 14 from 3-point range. UAA shot 35.7 percent.
Bevens led UAA with 16 points and senior Brian Pearson added 11. Brimhall contributed seven points, eight rebounds and five assists.
Seniors EJ Boyce and Luke Chavez each scored 19 for the Saints (19-3 overall, 12-2 GNAC).
With their third straight loss, the Seawolves (12-10 overall, 7-7 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) remain in fifth place in the conference standings. They’ll try to get back on track Thursday in Nampa, Idaho, where they face Northwest Nazarene.