ANCHORAGE – Forward Trevor Noack had 15 points and
five rebounds to lead a balanced Belmont effort Wednesday night, helping the
Bruins to a 74-60 victory over host Alaska Anchorage in the first round of the Carrs/Safeway
Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
The Bruins (4-0) also got 14 points, five assists and four rebounds from swingman Ian Clark as they won in their first-ever Shootout appearance.
The Div. II Seawolves (4-1) got a career-high 14 points – all in the first half – from junior guard Mike MacKelvie, while senior center Liam Gibcus tallied 13 points and five rebounds.
Belmont, from Nashville, Tenn., and the Ohio Valley Conference, outshot UAA 44 percent to 38 percent and won the turnover battle, 20-11. UAA sliced a 10-point halftime deficit down to 44-39 with 15 minutes left, but the Seawolves could get no closer.
Belmont guard J.J. Mann accounted for 13 points and five steals, while UAA sophomore swingman Teancum Stafford was also in double figures with 11 points.
The Bruins advance to Friday’s 7 p.m. AST semifinal against Northeastern on CBS Sports Network.
The Seawolves will play UC Riverside in the consolation semifinals Friday at 1 p.m.
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