{Sports Briefs}

Men’s Basketball

Green and Gold Canned

A trip to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex Nov. 5 for the annual men’s basketball Green and Gold Scrimmage would have been an interesting experience. No fans, players or coaches. Only echoes.

Head coach Rusty Osborne canceled the scrimmage the afternoon of Nov. 4 after injuries made it unplayable. Guards Kemmy Burgess (shoulder) and Aaron Lawrence (feet) are already on the shelf and doubtful for the regular season. Since practice started Oct. 16, newcomer Brad Evans suffered a hip flexor strain and Brian Hills has a slightly separated shoulder.

“We wouldn’t have gotten anything out of the game,” Osborne said. “We would have had guards playing at forwards, forwards at center, people playing completely out of position,”

Osborne would have been forced to play 10 guys for all 40 minutes, which he didn’t want to do. He also would have had to pull redshirt transfer Zac Forsyth out of class for the game. And when center Bryan Freshwater sprained his ankle the afternoon before game day, playing the game became unfeasible.

“We wouldn’t have gotten a good feel for it as coaches, and the fans wouldn’t have gotten a good feel for who we were,” Osborne said.

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Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout

Get them while they’re hot

Starving for the Shootout? We’ll get your early fix for the prestigious annual preseason college basketball tournament by picking up your tickets packages, which go on sale Nov. 8.

The package deal includes all 16 games of the tournament and goes on sale Monday. Prices range from $110 to $140. Individual tickets will be available for purchase starting at noon Nov. 15.

This year’s women’s Shootout features UAA, Eastern Washington, Louisiana Lafayette and Stanford. The men’s portion highlights Furman, Utah, Alabama, Eastern Washington, High Point, Minnesota, UAA and Oklahoma. The first game is Tuesday, Nov. 23 and concludes with the men’s championship game Saturday, the 27th.

Tickets are available through the Sullivan Arena box office or by calling 562-4800.