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UAA men’s basketball team warms up for season-opener with 105-56 exhibition victory

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: November 2, 2019
  • Published November 2, 2019

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.

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