Denver (0-4) at Alaska-Anchorage (5-3)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 30, 4 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska.
Television: None. Home Record: Denver 0-1, Anchorage 3-2. Away Record: Denver
0-1, Anchorage 2-1. Neutral Record: Denver 0-2, Anchorage 0-0. Conference
Record: Denver 0-0, Anchorage 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Two teams that have struggled in the first two rounds will square
off during the final day of the Great Alaska Shootout, as the Denver Pioneers
tangle with the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves at Sullivan Arena.
Denver is still in search of its first win of the season entering play on
Saturday. The Pioneers were set down once again on Friday when they took a
68-56 beating from Pepperdine. Denver, which has faced a difficult early
slate, is 0-4 with additional losses against California (77-50), Stanford
(66-57) and Harvard (68-60).
Even as the hosts, the Seawolves have not been able to use the home court
advantage to their advantage. Alaska-Anchorages was beaten by Indiana State on
Friday, 97-87, after falling to TCU, 73-70, in the opening round. The
struggles during this tournament have moved the Seawolves to 5-3 overall.
There has never been a meeting, prior to this one, between the Pioneers and
Even with five players scoring in double figures, including a game-high 28
points from Kyle Fossman, the Seawolves couldn't shoot their way past Indiana
State. A slow start in the first half doomed the Seawolves, who hit only 38.7
percent of their shots in the first 20 minutes.
In the loss to Indiana State, the Seawolves relied heavily on shooting from 3-
point distance as they knocked down 11 shots from beyond the arc. Alaska-
Anchorage has been a perimeter-based offense most of the year, hoisting 237
shots from 3-point range while knocking down 90 of them. Travis Thompson (21.3
ppg) is the leading scorer and one of the team's most prolific 3-point
shooters, with a 27-of-69 success rate from distance. Fossman (16.9 ppg) has
also been a productive shooter, with a ton of attempts from 3-point range (29-
of-64). Brian McGill (16.9 ppg) and Teancum Stafford (15.5 ppg) are also
relied on for scoring purposes.
Denver was outclassed at both ends of the floor in its loss to Pepperdine. The
Pioneers converted only 33.9 percent of their shots from the floor while being
scorched by a better than 70 percent performance from the Waves. Denver was
able to keep the game from getting too out of hand by earning an 18-6 edge on
The poor offensive showing was just another on the list for the Pioneers this
season. Denver is suffering from a -14 scoring margin this season primarily
due to its failings in shooting as the Pioneers are connecting on only 38
percent of their attempts from the field. It certainly doesn't help that they
are also letting opponents hit on nearly 52 percent of their field goal tries.
Chris Udofia (10.5 ppg) and Jalen Love (10.5 ppg) serve as the best scoring
options on a team with very few. Love showed some promising signs in the loss
to Pepperdine, as he scored a season-high 20 points while hitting 4-of-7 shots
from 3-point range for his second-straight game in double figures.
Alaska-Anchorage has its best shot of the weekend on Saturday against the
offensively-challenged Pioneers. However, with Love heating up the Pioneers
may have finally begun to find some consistency on offense.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Denver 65, Alaska-Anchorage 62
11/30 10:36:14 ET
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