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Result: UCSB rout WSU, 71-43

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The UC Santa Barbara Gauchos asserted themselves as a force in the Great Alaska Shootout tonight, blowing out the Washington State Cougars 71-43.

The Cougars came out ice cold, and continued that trend through the first half.  The Cougars finished the half a miserable 9 percent from the field and 0-14 from the three point range.

DaVonte Lacey, Washington States leading scorer coming into tonight, was a combined 0-11 with four turnovers in the first half and finished with only 3 points.

While UC Santa Barbara didn’t shoot overly efficient in the first half either (13-34FG, 4-11 3PT), the Gauchos dominated on the defensive boards (20 defensive rebounds) and moved the ball around efficiently, recording 10 assists.

Washington State shot slightly better in the second half (42%FG, 57%3PT), but unfortunately for them, so did the Gauchos (60%FG, 67%3PT).

Alan Williams, the Gauchos’ leading scorer and rebounder, finished with a double-double (12 points and 12 rebounds) on just 25 minutes of playing time.

With the win, the Gauchos will play Mercer, who beat Rice earlier today in overtime, 77-71.  Washington State will play Rice in the consolation bracket.


Result: Mercer tops Rice in OT, 77-71

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

What started out as an abysmal night of shooting for The Mercer Bears turned into a solid outing, allowing them to  outlast the Rice Owls in an action-packed overtime game, 77-71.

With the win, Mercer advances to play the winner of the Washington State-UC Santa Barbara match up while Rice will play the loser in the consolation bracket.

Rice’s defense came out very aggressive, forcing  quick turnovers on Mercer’s first few possessions and forcing Mercer to start 0-3  from the field in the first five minutes.

The only thing keeping Mercer in the game early was going 7-7 from the free throw line during that time.

Mercer quickly turned their shooting woes around, however, shooting over 50 percent from the field, including three for five from three-point range to finish the half up 33-28.

At the start of the second half, Mercer kept their foot on the gas going 4-6 from the field and 1-2 from three point range in the first five minutes pushing their lead to 14.

Rice found their footing and quickly turned it around, however, going 4-9 from three-point range and slowed the Bears offense with some quick turnovers.  Mercer had problems with Rice’s trap all night, which forced a couple late turnovers eventually leading to a tie ball game with seconds left.

Two halves wasn’t enough for this game however, as Rice’s fade away fell short of the basket sending it to overtime.

In the overtime, Mercer took the early lead and never looked back.

While only shooting three times in the OT, Mercer was able to hang on by way of going 12-16 from the free throw line and forcing Rice to a dismal 20 percent from the field.

Mercer’s Ike Nwamu was the top scorer, shooting 5 of 13 from field goal range and 3-7 from three-point range for 21 points.

Mercer moves to 3-2 on the season, while Rice falls to 1-3.


Pregame matchup: Rice versus Mercer

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Rice Owls and the Mercer Bears will square off  tonight at 5:30 p.m. for a chance to play the winner of the Washington State-UC Santa Barbara game, which will be played at 8 p.m. tonight.

Rice looks to bounce back after a 1-2 start to the season, losing to Oregon State on 14 November and then losing to William and Mary back on 22 November.  Their only win has come at home against Prairie View, where the Owls won 68-64.

Rice’s last loss came on a night where the Owls shot only 43 percent from the field.  While they out rebounded William and Mary and generated 12 steals, Rice couldn’t make up the eight-point deficit dealt to them in the first half.

In the Oregon State loss, Rice only shot 31 percent from the field.

Mercer is hoping to jump above .500 on the season with a win against Rice and to get a chance to avenge a loss to Colorado State back on 23 November.

Mercer’s loss to Colorado State was somewhat of a blowout, losing by 13 points and allowing Colorado to shoot almost 50 percent from the field.  The Mercer defense couldn’t stop Daniel Bejarano, giving up 22 points on 34 minutes of playing time.

Colorado State advanced in the Shootout last night by beating Missouri State 76-61.

Mercer stunned Duke last season in the NCAA tournament, beating the No. 3  seed 78-71 in the second round before losing to Tennessee in the next round.

Rice’s last tournament appearance came in the 2012 Postseason Tournament (CIT), where they won their first two match ups before losing to Oakland.

This is the first time these two teams have participated in the Great Alaska Shootout.

CSU squashes Missouri State 76-61

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

The Colorado State Rams played the Missouri State Bears in the second game of the men’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout.   CSU came out on top with a score of 76-61, making them 5-0 on the season.  The Missouri State Bears are now 2-2.

Marcus Marshall of Missouri State was out with a strained calf and the impact of his absence was greatly noticed.  Even so, Dorrian Williams was a force to be reckoned with.  Williams scored 16 points and had seven total rebounds.

However, it was not enough to stop the Rams.  Colorado had two players with 20pts or more.  JJ Avila of the Rams came out with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

Overall CSU and MSU both only scored 1/3 of their buckets.  CSU was much more lucky from downtown though. The Rams also scored 15 points more in free throws than the Bears, which just happened to be the spread.

JJ Avila was named the GCI player of the game.

UAA will play Missouri State on Friday in the loser’s bracket, and CSU will head off against Pacific.

Pacific Tigers take down UAA Seawolves

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The University of the Pacific Tigers kicked off the first game in the men’s GCI Great Alaska Shootout against the University of Alaska Seawolves this evening. The game was an emotional rollercoaster, every time the Seawolves managed to catch up or tie, the Tigers would pump out more free throw shots.

Pacific’s top scoring player, Eric Thompson scored 22 points total and had 9 rebounds. Fellow team mate T.J Wallace also had 9 rebounds.

UAA’s top scoring player Travis Thompson scored 20 points total and Brian McGill had 8 total rebounds.

UAA’s Coach Rusty Osborne said, “[they’re] not into moral victories, but [he] was encouraged by what [he] saw tonight.”

Pacific’s Coach Ron Verlin said it was a “hard fought, tough game.” In the end the Tigers Prevailed and won the game 71-62.

Long Beach Leaves with the Championship

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves fought hard on their home court against the Long Beach 49ers at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout tonight, but fell short. The game was close with a total of 5 lead changes and being tied 6 times.

UAA Coach Ryan McCarthy said, the Seawolves got “some easy buckets at the beginning of the game”, but toward the end of the second half a series of foul shots broke their momentum. Long Beach State’s Coach Jody Wynn described the Seawolves as a “heck of a basketball team”, stating they were “one the toughest teams [they] have ever faced”.

49er’s Devin Hudson returning this season from a 19 month hiatus was one of Long Beach’s highest scoring players and got the most rebounds. Devin said she “just loves being out there with [her] team” and couldn’t wait to play.

Although Long Beach took the Championship with a 69-60 lead, UAA’s Megan Mullings was awarded the MVP title of the tournament.