BASKETBALL: After cancellations and injuries, UAA starts GNAC play

On Dec. 16 and 17 the Seawolves
matched up against the Saint Leo Lions.
In game one against the Lions, Saint Leo
had the lead for the entire game even though
UAA climbed back to within fi ve points
with less than fi ve minutes left, however the
Seawolves could not quite catch the Lions
and fell, 62-74.
Senior Jeremiah Trueman had a career
high of 25 points on Dec. 16, and senior
guard Kenny Barker also posted stellar stats
with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists,
three steals and zero turnovers.
The Dec. 17 game looked better on the
part of the Seawolves, even tying it up
at 53 in the second half with a lay-up by
sophomore Lonnie Ridgeway, yet the Lions
kept up their fierce play and came out with
the win, 71-63.
The Lions were led by Quentin Cullop
in the first game with 17 points and Josue
Vazquez in game two with 22 points, six
rebounds, three assists, two blocks and two
steals.
Despite the two losses, the Seawolves
out rebounded the Lions both nights.
The Seawolves then prepared for the
AT&T Jamboree Tournament, Dec. 20-22.
However, when snowstorms plagued the
Northeast, the Dowling Golden Lions were
forced to cancel.
The Seawolves faced Rockhurst on Dec.
20, recovering from their losses against Saint
Leo’s and winning 63-52 over the Hawks.
UAA’s Barker was back to his double digit
scoring with 22 points against Rockhurst,
while Ridgeway and Darren Nye also put
nine points apiece on the scoreboard. The
most celebrated moment by the crowd
was Brandon Walker’s huge dunk with 15
minutes to go, UAA’s first in the Wells Fargo
Sports Complex this season.
UAA’s Trueman continued to improve
his career-high points as he scored 30 in the
Jan. 2 game against the Lincoln Christian
Preachers.
The Preachers didn’t have a prayer when
UAA started out with a 13-point run and
went into half time with 49-22.
The Seawolves’ Kevin White sank 18
points and was accompanied by another
sharp performance from Walker, 11 points,
nine rebounds and six assists.
In their second game against Lincoln
Christian and fi nal non-conference game on
Jan. 3, the Seawolves added a third win, 90-
55, to their winter break accolades.
Trueman, Ridgeway, and Walker, who
all averaged over 53 percent in the second
game, led the Seawolves in shot percentages.
Walker also became the 20th player in
program history to reach 15 rebounds in a
game.
Northwest Nazarene visited on Jan. 8 to
serve the Seawolves their third loss over
break, taking the game 90-78.
Although UAA was missing its key
player and starter senior Trueman due to a
sprained ankle, Walker and Barker put in 23
points a piece however it was not enough to
fend off Northwest Nazarene.
This loss also snapped the Seawolf men’s
GNAC home court winning streak, which
they had not lost since Feb. 2007.
UAA defeated the Central Washington
University Wildcats, 90-79, on Jan. 10.
In their second game of 2009, the
Seawolves met up with Central Washington
and took them down despite the Wildcats’
impressive 53 percent shooting average
from the field and 50 percent from beyond
the arc.
The Seawolves only allowed the Wildcats
to pull in 16 rebounds throughout the game
which tied a school record from 1988.
Trueman returned to the court in the game
against Central Washington and gave 12
points, however the team was led in scoring
by White and Barker.