Indiana State Sycamores tower above Pepperdine Waves for Win

November 30th, 2013

By Audriana Pleas

Pepperdine played Indiana State after defeating the Denver Pioneers in game 6 of the Carr’s/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The Waves redeemed themselves after being hoodwinked by the much faster and efficient Green Bay Phoenix. The Waves led the Sycamores by 2 at halftime but ISU’s Justin Gant and Jake Odum were firing off at all cylinders.

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The Waves Stacy Davis, sophomore forward, has started the last two games. He was benched during the first moments against Green Bay because he was late to practice. His presence was a positive

addition as he finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Teammate Brendan Lane ( 13 points, 6 rebounds) had an all around good game from beyond the arch. But Malte Kramer (14 points) went 4 of 6 from deep.

Indiana State’s Gant was the player of the game with 18 points and 4 rebounds for the night. Odum was just as productive with 16 points and 3 rebounds. The Sycamores only shot 54% from the field a little less than Pepperdine’s 57.8%. Both teams percentage from the three-point was line was dead locked at 50%.

The Sycamores bench helped out providing 21 points through Khristian Smith (8 points), Demetrius Moore (4 points), and Devonte Brown (9 points). ISU’s Odum stated Brown is the best defense player of the team. The Waves bench was lacklusted compared to their oponnents. They only contributed 9 points to the teams efforts.

Indiana State University heads back home finishing the tournament in 4th place beating Pepperdine 73-70.

UAA goes 0-3 for last shootout at Sullivan Arena

November 30th, 2013

By Audriana Pleas

According to UAA’s Head Coach Rusty Osborne, the last time UAA didn’t win a game at the Carrs/Safe Great Alaska Shootout they went on to win their next 18. Kyle Fossman, senior guard, has played his last shootout as the Denver Pioneers finally get their first win of  the season. Brett Olson was named player of the game while the Seawolves record changes to  5-4.

UAA came out the gate shooting a barrage of three-pointers in the 1st half of the game. A whooping 62.5% from deep allowed Travis Thompson, Colton Lauwers, and Fossman to build up UAA’s lead.  Coupled with the fierce defense provided by Lauwers and Teancum Stafford forced Denver to turn the ball over a few times. UAA  had a comfortable lead during the first half.

Pioneers continued on into the second half down by 7 points. A slew of their players such as Chris Udofia and Jalen Love had received  two personals during the first part of the game.

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Brett Olson (19 points, 5 rebounds) and Jalen Love( 13 points, 2 rebounds) helped Denver jog into the lead. While Cam Griffin ( 6 points, 10 rebounds) was a defensive brick house for the Pioneers. Olson, and his team, became more aggressive on defense forcing UAA to turn the ball over numerous time. In addition, Seawolves access to the keys was restricted by Drick Bernstine finished with 8 points, perfect from the free throw line, but also had four fouls. UAA’s 71 points exceeds what Denver normally allows which Osborne also acknowledged during the Seawolves press conference.

Just when Dever was pulling away Teancum Stafford hits three-pointer to keep you relevant. Denver players Olson, Love, Udofia, and Bernstine played with at least three personal fouls most of the second half. Seawolves unrelenting defense flustered the Pioneers. But UAA’s inability to convert shots was their biggest roadblock. UAA.

Seawolves could have afforded to make more of their free throws as Denver sent them to the line 13 times. Osborne is still optimistic about Seawolves season citing these last three games included talent and variables they would not typically see in their league.

UAA’s Brian McGill, sophomore guard, had a quit game finishing with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 of 4 from the free throw line. Pioneers won by 78-71 as UAA faced hardships converting their final possession into points.

Harvard pulls away from Green Bay 76-64, advance to Shootout final

November 30th, 2013
Mark Hoffman, Contributor
The Harvard Crimson earned a hard-fought 76-64 win over the Green Bay Phoenix on Friday night to advance to the championship game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
Wesley Saunders matched his previous night’s total with 20 points. Teammate Laurent Rivard hit for 17 points, including 5 threes, to pace a balanced Harvard scoring attack

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that featured four players in double figure. Jonah Travis also had a huge game for the Crimson being all around productive player.

Keifer Sykes, the dynamic 5-foot-11 Green Bay point guard, made a valiant effort for the Phoenix, scoring 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting in defeat. Carrington Love chipped in 12 points and 7-foot center Alec Brown added 12 points to go with 5 boards and 3 blocks. He was the only other  Green Bay player in double figures.
Harvard jumped out to an early 21-13 lead, fueled by two of Rivard’s longballs, but Sykes and Brown soon found their offensive rhythm for the Phoenix. The teams matched each other blow-for-blow the rest of the half and were knotted at 34-34 by halftime.
The matchup reamined even well into the second half, and the Phoenix took a 56-54 lead with 8:02 left in the game following a rousing fast break slam by forward Jordan Fouse.
That would be the last lead of the night for Green Bay, however, as Harvard point guard Siyani Chambers hit a layup, followed by a Saunders bucket to give Harvard the lead for good at 57-56.
Chambers had 12 points and 5 assists for the Crimson and forward Steve Moundou-Missi finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds.

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Green Bay will be facing Tulsa today at 6 p.m. to decide 3rd and 5th place.

TCU holds off Tulsa, 72-65, advances to championship game

November 30th, 2013
By Mark Hoffman, Contributor

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TCU forward Amric Fields continued his solid Shootout trip, leading the Horned Frogs with 17 points, and TCU held off a late Tulsa charge to come away with a 72-65 victory. TCU advances to the Shootout championship game at 8:30 on Saturday night.
After a plodding first half, both teams picked up the tempo in the second, starting with the Horned Frogs. TCU led 31-22 at the half but pushed their lead to as many as 18 with 12:45 to go, after a Fields three and a tip-in by Christian Gore.
Right when it felt like any of the momentum that Tulsa had gained from their win over Indiana State on Wednesday had vanished, the Golden Hurricane came to life and pushed TCU to the final buzzer.

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A 4-man substitution by Tulsa head coach Danny Manning spurred a rally from the Hurricane, led by freshman swingman Stevie Repichowski, who stroked two big threes around the 7-minute mark.

Tulsa would continue to push the tempo but TCU found help from it’s bench to secure the win. After Fields and freshaman big man, Karviar Shepherd fouled out, the Horned Frogs turned to the trio of Brandon Parrish, Christian Gore, and Jarvis Ray to handle the ball and hit late insurance free throws.
Tulsa’s standout guard James Woodard scored 8 of his game-high 13 points in the final two minutes as he desperately tried to bring his team back in the game. Woodard cut it to 4 after he was fouled on an emphatic dunk and sank the free throw with 40 seconds left but his effort proved to be too little too late.
Tulsa will playing Green Bay for matchup in todays consolation bracket to decide 4th and 6th place.

ISU Starves the Seawolves: Pulls away from UAA in final minutes

November 29th, 2013

By KRUA’s Marcus Foster

It is groundhog day for the hometown team as they suffered second defeat  in the semifinal constilitation round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. The lead was never out of reach but missed baskets were the real downfall for the Seawolves. ISU steady lead pulled them to a 97-87 victory.

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UAA had a good start to open the game. Keeping pace with Indiana State University every step of the way and going basket for basket. UAA’s Kyle

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Fossman, senior guard, lead the the seawolves with 28 points while making sure he kept his teammates involved. Brian McGill chipped in with 19 points as did Teancum Stafford. The seawolves at one point in the game put together a good string of possessions. It looked like a three point shootout, shooting 36.7% from beyond the arch but Indiana State put up points in a variety of ways that left the Seawolves feeling like a deer in the headlights.

Sycamores were lead by Justin Gant with 19 points. Scoring contributions also came from Manny Arop who had 17 points for the night. The Sycamores shot a blazing 55.6% from the field and 76% from the charity strike. Sycamores had their fair share of problems such as dealing with  the three point barrage that the Seawolves started early and trying to figure out how to stop Kyle Fossman.

The game continued to stay heated and very competitive from start to finish. There was never any moment in this game that UAA couldn’t have come back but the Sycamores just stayed aggressive by matching UAA point for point.

UAA will have a highly favorable chance to snag a win tomorrow in the game against Denver University(0-4) who is still searching for their first win in this young season. The Sycamores will meet Pepperdine in the matchup that should be interesting to watch.

Denver still without win in season after suffering defeat to Harvard

November 29th, 2013

By Audriana Pleas
The Harvard Crimson will be facing the Green Bay Phoenix at 8 p.m. today. One of these teams will be playing for the championship but let’s recap on the ivy league team’s battle with the hungry Denver Pioneers.

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Steve Moundou-Missi was the all around best player on the court last night. He was perfect from the free throw line, with 8 rebounds, and 20 points. The match up quickly became a slam dunk contest thanks to Moundou-Missi, teammate Kyle Casey, Pioneers Dom Samac, and Samac’s teammate Cam Griffin.

The Crimson pulled away maintaining a soft lead the entire game and held the lead going into half time. However, Pioneers players continued to struggle to penetrate the paint because of Harvard’s Moundo-Missi. He was able to reject a majority of their shots.

The second half featured Harvard (5-1) extending their lead in the first ten minutes. The Crimson would not alternate lead with Pioneers due to their tactful defense and cunning offense headed by Siyani Chambers.

Denver’s sense of urgency resonated with players Brett Olson, Jalen Love, and Cam Griffin who all started to be less selective about baskets. This refined attitude allowed Denver to creep within 6 points of the Crimson multiple times. It was never enough to faithfully steal the lead.

Denver’s Dom Samac had troubles getting key access but had a dunk. Other woes for the Pioneers included key players such as Cam Griffin and Bryant Rucker getting into foul trouble in the latter half of the second period. Griffin fouled out with only mere minutes left in the game.