1-2 may not be how the Seawolves hoped to start their 2010 season, but they sure got a big win over UC-San Diego today to put the past two games to rest.
UAA rolled to a 67-52 win over the the West Region rival Tritons in the final game for both teams at the 2010 Disney West Coast Tip-Off Classic in Anaheim.
UAA used a stingy defensive effort, something that plague them the last couple games. Against Dixie State and Lewis, the ‘Wolves allowed 75 and 84 to their opponents, respectively, most of which came in the final 20 minutes of play.
It was a different story today against the Tritons as the Seawolves put forth a great effort for the full 40 minutes.
“All the credit goes to the players for making the adjustments and buying in and executing on short notice,” said UAA Head Coach Rusty Osborne. “This team is slowly coming together and I think the future is bright if we continue to get better.”
The Seawolves were led by the senior pair of Casey Robinson and Brandon Walker, both of whom had 17 points in the victory. Robinson also got a team high seven boards while Walker had a pair of rebounds and assists for the green and gold.
Both players were told by Osborne before the game to relax and let their game come to them.
“Coach just told us to relax and play free and the win will come,” Walker said.
Robinson pointed out that the best offense may have been a good defense tonight.
“Just keep playing hard and I think our defense fueled the offense tonight,” Robinson said. “(We’ll) worry about defense first and worry about the rest later.”
For the Tritons, who fell to 2-1 on the season, freshman guard James McCann led the way with a game-high 18 points in the loss. Despite the loss, UCSD still were named 2010 Tournament Champs on the wings of their victories over Dixie State and Lewis University in earlier tournament play.
The Seawolves had four players reach double figures today, as well as 17 points from their bench. Along with Walker and Robinson, junior Taylor Rohde (12 points, five rebounds in 33 minutes) and freshman Travis Thompson (11 points and a pair of boards in 20 minutes off bench), had 10+ points for the ‘Wolves. Rohde was also the lone Wolf to be named to the All-Tournament team here in Anaheim after averaging 15.0 points and 5.7 rebounds so far in his first three games for UAA.
“We saw that we can production out of a lot of players,” Osborne said, whose team now can turn their attention to the 2010 Great Alaska Shootout where they will open against Divison I Weber State on Nov. 25.