ANCHORAGE - 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.