The 2010 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout Men’s championship game was nothing less than what a college basketball enthusiast could hope for.
It would be the St. John’s Red Storm took home the title with a 67-58 win over the Arizona State Sun Devils after coming back at the half when they were down 30-20. It would be all St. John’s down the stretch though, as they finished the night on a 21-7 run to pull away from their opponents from the desert.
Most Outstanding Player of the Shootout honors went to Justin Brownlee of SJU. The award was rightly deserved, after he scored 20 points by the end of the final match.
Webber State, the third place team, defeated Drake University 82-81, who settled for fifth after a devastating set of technical fouls called in the final seconds of the game.
Drake guard Aaron Hawley was called for spiking the ball with just six seconds left on the board. WSU guard Damilian Lillard capitalized on Hawley’s crucial error, converting both free throws to take home a victory.
The UAA Men took fourth place as the only Division II school in the men’s bracket; by way of a 62-44 win over Ball State University (sixth place), giving the host team a solid finish to what started as a shaky Shootout for UAA.
The ‘Wolves, who went 2-1 in the tournament and also defeated Houston Baptist, matched their best Shootout finish ever.
A large amount of credit was due to then freshman Travis Thompson, who came straight off the bench to put a game-high 13 points on the scoresheet. The former Dimond High standout would be named Player of the Game and began what would be a very successful rookie campaign.
Southern Utah University took down Houston Baptist University 64-61, finishing seventh and eighth place, respectively.
This game was also defined by a foul within the last seconds of the game. After HBU’s Jonathan Edwards tied the game on with a free throw, SUU’s Ryan Brimley would hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to lift the Thunderbirds over the Huskies.