Saturday, 4 December 2010

UBC wins in Alaska

UBC pulled away late in the second quarter, finishing the half on a 14-2 run to defeat University of Alaska-Faribanks Nanooks (NCAA Div. II) 98-85.  T-Birds played the first of two games at the Glacier Classic in Alaska against the Nanooks, members of the Great Northwest Athletic conference, the same conference that Simon Fraser joined this season - Nanooks will meet the Clan twice in conference play in the new year.  UBC meets Alaska-Ankorage tonight, another member of that conference. 

6'2" Josh Whyte and 6'3" Doug Plumb paced the T-Birds with 19 points apiece while 6'6" Brent Malish added 16. Whyte also added six assists, five rebounds and three steals in 29 minutes.  6'1" Nathan Yu chipped in 18 off the bench while 6'5" Kamar Burke pulled down a team-high eight boards.

Alaska-Fairbanks was led by Parrish West who had a monster game with 34 points and seven rebounds but it didn't matter as the visiting T-Birds put together a strong run late in the first half to put the contest out of reach.

The Nanooks took their biggest lead of the game midway through the first 20 minute half, going up 20-17 on a pair of West free throws. The teams continued to trade buckets until the final five minutes of the half, when UBC went on the game deciding run, erasing a two point deficit.  Yu had the T-Birds final 8 points of the half in just over one minute.  The Nanooks never got the deficit below 10 the rest of the way.

UBC will face Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in the tournament championship tonight after UAA defeated Hawaii Pacific 75-53UAA features 6'9" Arizona State transfer Taylor Rohde, who led all scorers with 22 points in the other game last night.  Also Anchorage Daily News article

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