Niko Bevens drilled eight 3-pointers in the first half to power UAA’s 105-56 men’s basketball victory over Portland Bible in an exhibition game Friday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Bevens, a 6-foot-6 junior guard, was hot from the start. He hit his first five shots from long range and was 8 of 10 from 3-point range for the half to carry UAA to a 60-19 lead.
The game was a warmup for UAA’s first official game of the season, a 7 p.m. Saturday rematch with the Wildcats of the National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association.
If Friday’s game hadn’t been an exhibition, Bevens would have broken his school record for the most 3-pointers in a half — last season he made seven in a single half against Hawaii Pacific.
Bevens poured in a game-high 27 points in 23 minutes, including 26 in the first half. Tyler Brimhall added 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, Tobin Karlberg scored 14 and sank all three of his 3-point attempts, Oggie Pantovic had 12 points and nine rebounds, and David Riley chipped in 11 points.
Nine Seawolves grabbed rebounds for a 44-26 rebounding advantage and nine handed out assists, including seven who had three or more. Multiple contributions came from backcourt newcomers Tyrus Hosley (9 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) and DeAndre Osuigwe (6 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals).
Portland Bible was led by Moses McEwan’s 18 points and 10 rebounds.