ANCHORAGE – Junior guard Kyle Fossman scored 21 points and the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team used a huge run midway through the first half to earn an 82-56 victory over Western Oregon at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex on Thursday night.
The Seawolves (9-4, 2-3 GNAC) also got 11 points and career-high five assists from sophomore swingman Teancum Stafford as they snapped a three-game losing streak in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action.
The Wolves (7-5, 2-2) got 13 points and three steals from guard Rodney Webster, while guard Jordan Wiley added 11 points.
The visitors from Monmouth, Ore., took an early 15-12 lead before UAA took control by scoring 19 of the next 21 points. Trailing 17-16, Fossman started a 15-0 run with a short jumper and a three-pointer, and UAA would lead by double digits the rest of the way.
The Seawolves led 46-26 at halftime and pushed their lead as high as 72-38 in the second half when Mike MacKelvie connected on a three-pointer with 9:25 remaining.
Senior Abebe Demissie scored 10 points off the bench and Liam Gibcus grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds – including 10 on the offensive end – as six different Seawolves scored nine points or more.
MacKelvie, who helped spark the early run with a steal and layup, had nine points and three steals, while starting guard Colton Lauwers posted identical numbers. The Seawolves’ 11 team steals were their most against a fellow Div. II opponent this season, and they outrebounded the Wolves 45-18, matching the 10th-fewest rebounds allowed in program history.
Fossman, a 6-1 shooting guard from Haines, nailed 8 of 12 from the floor and 5 of 7 from the three-point line as UAA sank 14 treys. He also dished three assists without a turnover.
UAA returns to its home court Saturday when it hosts Saint Martin’s (5-7, 1-3) in another GNAC game at 7 p.m. AST.
NOTES: UAA’s victory extends the longest win streak in the head-to-head series to six games … Gibcus had nine points as he came just shy of his fourth career double-double … Fossman’s five threes moved him up to 15th place on UAA’s career list, now with 120; he needs just one more to tie for 14th place … Fossman, Stafford, Lauwers and freshman point guard Jalen Little combined for 16 assists against just one turnover.