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Brian McGill drives past Holy Names defender Joshua Crum during the Seawolves' 90-73 win Sunday night.
Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics

Seawolves fend off Hawks for 5-1 start

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 11/17/2013
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ANCHORAGE – Guards Brian McGill and Travis Thompson scored 26 points apiece Sunday to lead host Alaska Anchorage to a 90-73 men’s basketball victory over Holy Names at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

The Seawolves (5-1) also got 16 points and a career-high eight assists from senior guard Kyle Fossman as they won their third game in as many days and tied the school record by committing only four turnovers. Senior swingman Colton Lauwers added nine points and tied his career-high with nine rebounds.

The Hawks (0-4), from Oakland, Calif., were led by 18 points and three assists from guard Joshua Crum, plus 16 points and seven rebounds from forward Dante Robinson.

UAA burst to a 12-2 lead to start the game, but the Hawks used a 30-second timeout to rally and take a 17-15 lead on Robinson’s layup at the 8:24 mark. McGill answered with a pair free throws and Thompson followed with a three-pointer to spark a 10-0 run that would give the Seawolves the lead for good.

After seeing a 37-33 halftime advantage trimmed to two on six occasions, the Seawolves finally pulled away when Thompson completed consecutive three-point plays, followed by a long-range trey to make it 66-56 with 9:43 remaining. The Hawks, of the Pacific West Conference, never got within single digits again as UAA built its highest lead at 90-71 in the final minute.

Thompson, a junior from Anchorage (Dimond HS), scored more than 25 points for the third time in an eight-day span, shooting 5 of 13 from long range, along with four rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Meanwhile, McGill provided the spark throughout the second half, shooting 10 of 14 overall, 2 of 3 on three-pointers and 4 of 4 at the free-throw line. The sophomore transfer from Clackamas, Ore., also dished five assists without a turnover in 35 minutes.

UAA shot a season-high 53.3 percent from the field and sank 15 of 34 three-pointers (.441).

Sunday’s game marked UAA’s final contest against a fellow Div. II opponent during the non-conference schedule. The Seawolves return to court Nov. 27 when they host Big 12 Conference foe TCU in the first round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. That game will be shown to a national audience on CBS Sports Network, set to tip at 10 p.m. AST.

NOTES: With just four turnovers, UAA tied the record set Feb. 21, 2008 against Montana State Billings and Mar. 2, 2011 against Seattle Pacific … it marked the fewest turnovers ever against a non-conference opponent, bettering the five against Canisius on Feb. 12, 1979 … Thompson – who had 23 points Friday against Holy Names and 30 on Saturday against Regis – rose from 47th to 37th place on UAA’s career scoring list over the weekend, now with 697 points.


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