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University of Alaska Anchorage men start fast, down Wash. Adventist 71-58

Posted: November 16, 2012 - 1:12am

ANCHORAGE (Nov. 15) – Junior guard Colton Lauwers scored 11 of his career-high 16 points in the first half Thursday as Alaska Anchorage built a 20-point halftime lead and recorded to a 71-58 men’s basketball victory over Washington Adventist at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves (3-0) also got 14 points on perfect shooting from junior guard Kyle Fossman, while senior forward Abebe Demissie tallied 12 points.

The Shock (0-2), an NCAA Div. II independent from Takoma Park, Md., were led by 12 points apiece from guards Guiressi Grimes and Harvey Todd in their first-ever trip to Anchorage.

UAA scored the first five points and increased its lead to 32-10 on Mike MacKelvie’s jumper and a pair of technical free throws by Teancum Stafford at the 8:16 mark. The Seawolves led 41-21 at halftime and stretched their advantage as high as 53-25 early in the second half.

Lauwers topped his previous scoring high by one point, nailing 4 of 6 three-pointers and dishing a game-high five assists. Meanwhile, Fossman couldn’t miss, going 4 of 4 from the floor and 3 of 3 from both three-point land and the free-throw line. Demissie finished with 4-of-8 shooting, and Stafford reached double figures for the third straight game with 10 points.

The Seawolves shot 47 percent from the field, including 9 of 22 (.409) on three-pointers, while holding the Shock to 30 percent shooting overall, 2 of 12 on treys. Led by freshman Collin Spickerman’s three swats, the Seawolves posted nine blocked shots as a team – the most for a UAA squad in nearly seven years.

The Seawolves and Shock meet in a rematch Saturday at 7 p.m. at the WFSC.

NOTES: The nine blocked shots were two shy of the school record and marked the most for a Seawolf team since rejecting nine against Walla Walla on Dec. 20, 2005 … UAA has now won 20 of its last 21 games at the WFSC … it was the second all-time meeting between the programs, following December 2003 win by UAA in Fairbanks … Washington Adventist was formerly known as Columbia Union.

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