ANCHORAGE (Nov. 17) – Veterans Kyle Fossman and Liam Gibcus combined for 41 points Saturday to lead the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team to a convincing 87-56 victory over Washington Adventist at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The Seawolves (4-0) stayed unbeaten by outshooting the visitors 62 percent to 29 percent, led by Fossman’s 6-of-7 marksmanship.
The Shock (0-3), an NCAA Div. II independent from Takoma Park, Md., were led by 17 points and six rebounds from guard Guiressi Grimes.
After seeing a big lead shaved down late in Thursday’s 71-58 win over WAU, the Seawolves started fast again Saturday, but this time they continued to extend the lead throughout.
UAA went up 46-22 at halftime when Mike MacKelvie converted a layup off a length-of-the-court inbounds pass with just two seconds on the clock. WAU never got closer than 46-27 in the final 20 minutes.
Fossman, a 6-foot junior from Haines, nailed 3 of 4 three-pointers and all six of his free throws, along with three assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, Gibcus was nearly as efficient, shooting 9 of 12 from the floor and finishing with a career-high 20 points – five more than his previous best. The 6-10 center from Australia also had a pair of assists and no turnovers.
Senior forward Abebe Demissie was the only other Seawolf to reach double figures with 10 points.
UAA was 6 of 14 from three-point land and nearly unstoppable from short range, making 25 of 36 (.694) inside the arc.
After opening with four wins over fellow Div. II opponents, the Seawolves will now prepare for their annual gauntlet of three Div. I foes in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. UAA opens the 35th annual tournament against Belmont at 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in a game that will be nationally televised on CBS Sports Network.
NOTES: UAA has now won 21 of its last 22 games at the WFSC … the Seawolves have won 19 games in a row when scoring 80 or more points … nine of the 10 players to suit up Saturday scored at least five points, including nine by sophomore Teancum Stafford and six by true freshman forward Collin Spickerman … Spickerman had three blocks again Saturday to match his Thursday output.