SJSU defeats USD 76-67 in first consolation semifinal of the GreatAKShootout.

November 27th, 2015

This game gave viewers whiplash.  USD and SJSU were evenly matched, but USD just didn’t play good fundamental basketball.  The Toreros had only 12 assists on 23 buckets, where SJSU had 21 on 27.  USD also suffered from turnovers, some of which were completely unforced.  It didn’t help that only 15 points were scored from USD’s bench, compared to SJSU’s 31.  Despite the lack of balance for San Diego, they stayed in it until the end, thanks mostly to Frank Rogers who had a double double, scoring 18 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.

SJSU played a clean game, committing only 7 turnovers compared to USD’s 14.  Duda Sanadze scored a game high of 21 points.

SJSU will go on to play the winner of the UAA v Drexel game to determine 4th and 6th place. San Diego will play the runner up to determine 7th and 8th place. Here are some photos from the matchup.

UNC Asheville beats Drexel 85-66

November 27th, 2015

UNC Asheville started the game with a 12-0 run, but Drexel battled back to take the lead in the first.  UNCA and Drexel were pretty even for awhile, but Drexel saw its last lead early in the 2nd period.  Impressively, UNCA had four players score more than 13 points.

Drexel had a small team of 8 players, and ultimately they did not have a deep enough bench to muster the Stamina to beat UNCA.

Drexel moves on to play UAA in the consolation bracket while UNCA will play Middle Tennessee in the semifinals.

Blue Raiders prevail in nail biter, 75-72, over the Seawolves

November 26th, 2015

This game was about one man:  Suki Wiggs.  Wings scored 35 points, half of the Seawolves’ score.  At the half, he had 20 of the team’s 31. 10 of that 31 game from free throws.  Despite the dominant performance of Wiggs, UAA was unable to top Middle Tennessee.  The Blue Raiders defense was so pervasive that the Seawolves were battling the shot clock the entire night.  UAA shot 77% from the free throw line, missing 5-22.  A margin that may have given them the edge.  Their largest lead was the first score of the game, a 3-pointer from Wiggs.  They mounted a comeback in the second half with 2 minutes to go, but they were not able to hold on.

Middle Tennessee’s team was plagued by fouls and turnovers, yet their more accurate shooting clinched them the win.  Their top scorer was Buford with 18, followed closely by Potts with 16.  Had UAA played a Middle Tennessee team that wasn’t so careless and sloppy, this game wouldn’t have been so close.  Three players had four fouls, and another three committed three each.

Middle Tennessee will advance to the semi-finals to play the winner of the UNC Asheville vs Drexel game.  UAA slides into the consolation bracket and will face the runner up.

Loyola tops San Diego in a hard fought game, 67-57

November 26th, 2015

Loyola played a poised and confident game last night.  Devon Turk led the team with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and he didn’t commit a single foul for the 34 minutes he played.  He also was 5-9 from the arc.

As for San Diego, they were down for most of the game, but battled back in the second period briefly leading Loyola by 2.  Their hopes were squashed however when Loyola shot 60% FG and 100% from the free throw line.  In the end, Loyola was able to pull away, ending with their largest lead of the game, 10 points.

Toledo triumphs over San Jose State, 89-74

November 25th, 2015

Toledo was dominant tonight against the San Jose State Spartans.  Boothe of Toledo managed a triple double in points, assists, and rebounds.  Williams was Toledo’s top scorer .  The Rockets were able to get a ten point lead and maintain it through the rest of the game. Otherwise the teams looked pretty well matched until the end, where Toledo pulled away with their largest lead of 15 points.

As for San Jose State, Rogers and Welage both put up 16 points.  The team as a whole was a bit more balanced than Toledo, but they just couldn’t handle the Toledo’s powerhouse players.

San Jose State will play next in the consolation semifinal at noon on Friday against the runner up of the Loyola Chicago vs. San Diego Game.  Toledo advances to the semifinal and will play the winner.

WKU beats UAA in the women’s Great Alaska Shootout championship, 62-58

November 25th, 2015

WKU dealt UAA a heartbreaking loss this evening.  The game came down to the wire.  The seawolves looked like they were in rough shape at the start of the game, and while they were able to keep up with WKU for the most part, they couldn’t seem to shake it.  Overall, the Seawolves’ field goal percentage was higher, but they granted WKU 12 points more than they took in free-throws.  In a game that’s won by four points, that can be devastating.

Photo by Katrina Chertkow

WKU’s Kendall Noble took home the tournament’s MVP award after putting up 21 points and 14 rebounds.  The player of the game went to Brown, whose free throw at the end secured the win for WKU, edging it just out of reach for the Seawolves.