Jack Macdonald’s near-perfect night paved the way to victory Saturday for the UAA men’s basketball team.
Macdonald poured in 17 points on 6-of-6 shooting from the field to help the Seawolves rally past Simon Fraser 81-66 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves were coming off their first conference loss of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference season, and they fell behind early. They trailed by eight points less than eight minutes into the game before grabbing command.
“We got off to a rough start defensively, but our guys did a terrific job of making in-game adjustments and sticking with our game plan,” coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from UAA. “Everyone did his job well tonight and our crisp ball movement was effective at getting some great looks for our shooters, who took advantage.“
That ball movement resulted in 26 assists on 29 buckets. DeAndre Osuigwe handed out eight assists and Macdonald and Tyler Brimhall had five apiece.
Macdonald, a senior point guard, buried five shots from 3-point range to lead all scorers. He added three rebounds and a steal, his five assists came against one turnover, and he would have had a perfect shooting night except he missed his only free throw attempt.
Four teammates joined Macdonald in double figures — Oggie Pantovic (16 points on 6-of-11 shooting), Tyrus Hosley (12 points on 4-of-6 shooting), Niko Bevens (11 points on 4-of-8 shooting) and Tobin Karlberg (10 points of 4-of-5 shooting). Macdonald, Hosley and Karlberg were a combined 10 of 12 from 3-point land, where the Seawolves outscored the Clan 42-21.
Depth was a huge part of UAA’s success. Macdonald, Hosley and Pantovic all came off the bench to help the Seawolves outscore Simon Fraser’s bench 45-13.
All of that allowed the Seawolves (12-6 overall, 4-2 GNAC) to survive Simon Fraser’s 36-26 rebounding advantage.
Simon Fraser (10-5, 3-3) got 15 points apiece from Jasdeep Singh and Othniel Spence, while Julian Roche supplied nine points and 10 rebounds.
The Seawolves play their next two games on the road, beginning with a Thursday game at Central Washington.