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UAA center Brad Mears is surrounded by Alumni defenders Carl Arts (34) and Liam Gibcus during Friday's season-opening exhibition game.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Men outscore Seawolf Alumni, 120-91

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 10/25/2013
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ANCHORAGE -– Junior guard Travis Thompson scored 34 points and sophomore point guard Brian McGill debuted with 23 points and nine assists Friday as the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team opened with a 120-91 victory over the Seawolf Alumni at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

UAA, picked to finish second in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s preseason coaches’ poll, also got 20 points, eight assists and no turnovers from senior guard Kyle Fossman to pull away early in the second half.

The alumni were led by former All-American Carl Arts (2004-08), who finished with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting, 12 rebounds and four assists. Guard Lonnie Ridgeway (2006-09, ’10-12) also tallied 18 points, along with eight assists and six rebounds.

Thompson, a 6-1 guard who redshirted last season, shot 12 of 16 overall, 8 of 10 from the three-point line and made both of his free throws, helping UAA shoot 52 percent (40-77) as a team. Meanwhile, Fossman – a First Team All-GNAC honoree last year – was 6 of 10 from long range.

Teancum Stafford was the fourth Seawolf in double figures, earning 13 points, plus seven rebounds. The 6-5 junior wing was also an All-GNAC pick last year, gaining second-team honors.

McGill, a 6-3 transfer from league rival Western Oregon, finished 7 of 14 from the field, while junior center Brad Mears also made his Seawolf debut, notching seven points (3-4 FG) and six boards.

The alumni got double-figure scoring efforts from four players, with Liam Gibcus (2009-13) chipping in 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT) and McCade Olsen (2006-08) tallying 13 points (5-9 FG) and six boards. The squad featured four players from UAA’s 2008 NCAA Semifinals team, with Arts, Olsen and Ridgeway joined by point guard Doug Hardy (2006-08), who had nine points and five assists.

UAA plays a pair of exhibition games – Nov. 2 at Div. I Brigham Young and Nov. 4 at NAIA The Master’s (Calif.) College – before starting the regular season Nov. 8-10 in Anaheim at Disney’s Div. II Tip-Off Classic. The BYU game will be televised live on BYU-TV, available on GCI cable channel 124 in Anchorage.


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