BURNABY, British Columbia – Senior Liam Gibcus and junior Kyle Fossman led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points apiece Saturday to help visiting Alaska Anchorage to an 86-66 men’s basketball victory over Simon Fraser at the SFU West Gymnasium.
The Seawolves (12-5, 5-4 GNAC) also got 13 points each from junior guard Colton Lauwers and sophomore wing Teancum Stafford as they pulled into a tie for 3rd place tie at the midway point of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference schedule.
The Clan (6-11, 1-8) were led by 12 points and four rebounds from reserve guard Elijah Matthews but saw their starters outscored 63-35 by the Seawolves.
UAA trailed 25-18 midway through the first half before junior guard Mike MacKelvie nailed a three-pointer to start a 14-0 run, giving the visitors the lead for good. Lauwers, who shot 4 of 4 from the floor, sank one of his three three-pointers just before halftime to put UAA up 44-34, and SFU would get no closer than eight points, 48-40, early in the second half. The Seawolves stretched their lead as high as 22 points on four occasions over the last nine minutes.
With the victory, UAA remains unbeaten in eight all-time meetings against SFU, including all five since the Clan joined the GNAC in 2010-11.
The Seawolves were sharp in every statistical category, shooting 52.6 percent overall, 45.5 percent (10 of 12) from long range and 88.9 percent (16 of 18) at the free throw line. UAA committed only eight turnovers while dishing 20 assists, and outrebounded SFU 31-18.
All five UAA starters shot at least 50 percent from the field, with Gibcus (5 of 10), Fossman (6-12), Stafford (5 of 9) and Christian Leckband (2 of 3) complementing Lauwers’ hot hand. Stafford and Gibcus tied for game-high honors with seven rebounds apiece, and Lauwers dished a game-high five assists.
UAA alsp got a big lift off the bench from senior forward Abebe Demissie and freshman forward Collin Spickerman, who scored eight points apiece and combined for nine boards.
With four wins in their last five games, the Seawolves are now tied with Central Washington and Alaska Fairbanks in the GNAC standings with 5-4 records. UAA plays five of its last nine regular-season games at home, starting with Thursday’s 7 p.m. showdown against CWU at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. CWU took the first meeting between the teams, 81-72, in Ellensburg on Jan. 5.