FAIRBANKS, Alaska - JDHS alum Dominique Brinson scored seven points, dished out four assists and swatted two shots in 23 minutes of action as the University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s basketball team closed out the 2012 calendar year with a comfortable 97-62 exhibition victory against Multnomah on Tuesday night at the Patty Center.
Brinson, averaging about 13 points per game, is on pace to break the 500-point mark in just under 40 games during his Alaska career. Local sports fans may see him around the JDHS or TMHS gyms as he is home for the holidays.
Five Nanooks scored in double figures in the win, including a game-high 23 points by junior guard Pat Voeut (Bellingham, Wash./Communication). Voeut drained five of seven three-point attempts and also tied for a game-best six assists.
Junior forward Stefan Tica had a strong first half as he also went five of seven from three to finish with 19 points and three dimes. Other double-figure contributors were junior guard Ronnie Baker (Vallejo, Calif./Communication), junior forward Dallen Bills (Inkom, Idaho/Psychology) and junior center Sergej Pucar (Belgrade, Serbia/Business administration), who all combined for 34 points. Bills and Pucar also led all players with eight rebounds apiece.
Alaska shot a little less than 56 percent (40-72 FG) for the game while the Lions had a 38 percent (22-58) success rate from the floor. The Nanooks shot 50 percent from beyond the arc after draining 13 treys while MU had 12 long-range buckets. Alaska controlled the boards 45-24, including 14-6 on the offensive glass, and had 25 assists while turning the ball over only nine times.
The ‘Nooks outscored the Lions 52-16 in the paint, turned Multnomah’s 14 turnovers into 24 points and held a 23-6 advantage on the fast break. Alaska’s bench was also able to produce 34 of the team’s total points.
The Lions were led by Austin Hodges, who tallied a team-high 20 points. Steven Bustrin also had 13 points and tied Voeut with a game-high six assists.
Multnomah jumped out to an early 8-0 lead after making its first three shots in the opening 2:03 but Alaska quickly erased the deficit. A Voeut jumper with 17:39 to go sparked a 14-1 run over 3:56 to give the hosts a 14-9 advantage. Holding a 28-24 lead, the Nanooks scored 17 of the game’s next 21 points to lead 45-28 and led 47-33 at the break.
Alaska’s advantage went to 22 at 60-38 when Pucar had a steal and tossed up a home run pass to a wide open Dominique Brinson (Juneau, Alaska/Accounting) for the fast-break layup with 17:29 left. Eventually, Alaska took a 40-point lead twice late in regulation.
The Nanooks return to action Jan. 3, 2013, when they resume Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Central Washington.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - The Alaska women’s basketball team picked up where it left off from last night’s game as four players scored in double figures en route to an 84-40 victory against Dallas Christian College on Tuesday evening at the Patty Center.
The Nanooks (2-7, 0-1 GNAC) were paced by senior guard Taylor Altenburg (Elko, Nev./Criminal justice), who scored a game-high 13 points to go with nine rebounds. Junior forward Samantha Thornton (Bremerton, Wash./Biology) was also a rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards.
Junior guards April Fultz (Rialto, Calif./Political science) and Marissa Atoruk (Kiana, Alaska/Business administration) both contributed double-figure points as well with 11 and 10, respectively, and senior forward Jacqueline Lovato (Gunnison, Colo./Business administration) added seven points and eight rebounds in the win.
Alaska shot 45 percent (35-78 FG) for the game while limiting the Crusaders (1-13) to only 19 percent (10-53 FG) shooting, which is a season-best for the Nanooks’ defense. The ‘Nooks dominated the glass again tonight by a 61-28 count, including 26-10 on the offensive boards.
Alaska also outscored DCC 60-12 in the paint, 37-9 off turnovers and 26-4 in transition. Alaska’s reserves also provided over half the team’s points with 43.
Dallas Christian was led by Allison McGinnis, who scored a team-best 12 points, while Whitney Williams had 10 points and Jessalyn Flowers produced six points and nine boards.
Alaska surged out to a 13-3 lead less than two and a half minutes into the contest. Leading 17-7 the Nanooks stretched it to 19 at 28-9 with nine minutes to go in the half. Alaska’s defense jumped into high gear late in the stanza and closed with 10 in a row to lead 51-21 at the break.
Alaska mimicked last night’s run to start the second half again tonight, this time with a 12-0 run to grab a 63-21 lead with 11:13 to go. The Nanooks led by as many as 47 late on their way to their second straight win.
The Nanooks resume Great Northwest Athletic Conference play on Jan. 3, 2013, when they take on nationally-ranked Simon Fraser at 7 p.m. inside the Patty Center.