After being up 32-23 at the half, the Seawolves were torched for 52 points in the second and fell to the Dixie State Red Storm 75-58 in Anaheim.
DSC rode a game high 15 points from junior forward Griffon Jones, as well as seven rebounds.
UAA was led by junior forward Taylor Rohde who in his first game for the Seawolves had 14 points and a team-high seven boards in 23 minutes. Also scoring in double figures for UAA were senior guard Drew Robinson (12 points) and Mario Gill (1o points).
After coming out hot and shooting 39.1 percent from the field in the first half, UAA couldn’t buy a basket at times. They shot 8-30 in the second, good for 26.7 percent. On the flipside, the Storm shot lights out in the second going for 54.5 percent from the field.
With their biggest lead of 16 points coming with little time left in the first half, the Seawolves may have let off the gas just a bit according to Head Coach Rusty Osbourne.
“We didn’t finish out the first half how we wanted and it broke our momentum a little bit,” Osbourne said. “Second half, we lost a little bit of our poise which comes from not playing a lot together yet.”
In the second half, Dixie used runs of 11-3 and then a huge 21-2 in the second half to cut the UAA lead and then run away with a lead of their own.
“A lead is never too big and a deficit is never too big,” Osbourne said. “These teams we are playing are all good and we have to play it out for 40 full minutes.”
Osbourne highlighted the play of freshmen guards Travis Thompson and Kyle Fossman, who finished with six and three points. Both saw solid minutes in their first career collegiate games and handled themselves well in the run of play.
Next up for the Seawolves is West Region foe UC-San Diego, who is currently playing against Lewis University Flyers out of Illinois.
Some bright spots were the