The UAA men’s basketball team turned things around in a big way Saturday night in Lacey, Washington.
The Seawolves, losers of two of their previous three games with their only win a two-point squeaker, got back on track with a 96-57 romp over Saint Martin’s.
It was their biggest margin of victory in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference road game since the conference was founded in 2001.
“Any road win is a good one, but this is especially satisfying because of how well we played from start to finish,” coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from UAA. “We ran our offense well, made great decisions and maintained our defensive intensity throughout the game, without worrying about the scoreboard.
"Luckily we still have a lot of room to improve as we’ve just reached the midpoint of the regular season.”
The Seawolves (10-5 overall, 3-1 GNAC) dominated in every way imaginable.
They hit more than half of their shots while putting five players in double figures, they outrebounded the Saints 42-21 and they got a huge boost from their bench, which outscored the Saint Martin’s bench 53-7.
Niko Bevens hit 7 of 12 shots from 3-point range for a game-high 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead UAA. Oggie Pantovic registered his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Tyrus Hosley and Tobin Karlberg each drained three triples en route to 18 points and 14 points, respectively.
Plenty of others also contributed. Tyler Brimhall had 10 points and six rebounds, DeAndre Osuigwe tallied five points, five assists and five steals, and Amari Hale had five points, four rebounds and four assists.
Saint Martin’s (4-9, 2-2) was led by 23 points from CJ Jennings, who netted six 3-pointers.
Hosley hit 7 of 11 shots and Karlberg hit 4 of 5 as UAA connected on 51.5 percent of its shots. The Seawolves limited the Saints to 39.1 percent shooting and stole the ball 11 times.
Saint Martin’s got off to a good start, leading 9-3 and 11-6 in the early minutes.
But UAA grabbed command with a 13-0 run that started with five straight points from Brimhall and ended with five straight points from Karlberg.
The Seawolves led 50-32 at the half and outscored Saint Martin’s 46-25 in the second half, pushing their lead to as many as 41 points late in the game.
UAA was coming off an 83-76 loss to Seattle Pacific on Thursday. Before the holiday break, the team went 1-2 in Hawaii, with their only win a two-point decision over Hawaii Hilo.
The Seawolves are at the Alaska Airlines Center this week for games against Western Washington on Thursday and Simon Fraser on Saturday.