FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Nanooks men’s basketball team lit up the nets in the second half Monday night en route to one of its most lopsided win in years.
The Nanooks (6-4) shot 64.3 percent from the field (27-42), including 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-16) and scored a whopping 76 points in the final 20 minutes in posting a 124-59 victory against the Multnomah University Lions in front of 239 spectators at the Patty Center.
The victory enabled Alaska to improve to 6-4 on the season, with 16 Great Northwest Athletic Conference games remaining on the regular season schedule. The Nanooks are 1-1 in conference play.
The Nanooks play Multnomah again at 7:30 tonight in the Patty Center, following the women’s game against the Dallas Christian College Crusaders.
The Alaska women defeated Dallas Christian 96-50 Monday night.
The men’s game tonight is an exhibition game and will not count in the Nanooks overall record and individual performances will not be included in a players’ overall season stats.
The game will give the Nanooks one last chance to get in some action before returning to conference play Jan. 3 at Central Washington.
The Nanooks’ numbers were gawdy to say the least Monday night as seven players scored in double figures, there were 31 assists and just eight turnovers and Alaska grabbed 64 rebounds compared to 33 for the Lions.
Senior guard Dominique Brinson set the pace for the Nanooks with 22 points and junior forward Stefan Tica found his shooting touch dropping in 20.
Brinson was 8 for 13 from the field and 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Tica was 7 for 12 from the field and 4 for 9 from long range.
Junior forward Sergej Pucar had a double-double for the Nanooks with 11 points and 16 rebounds.
Other Nanooks in double figures were senior forward Zach Ngawaka with 16 points on 7 for 9 shooting from the field, junior forward Andrew Kelly with 15 points on 6 for 7 shooting from the field, junior forward Dallen Bills with 14 points on 6 for 9 from t he field and junior guard Pat Voeut with 10 points on 4 for 8 from the field.
Voeut also had a game-high eight assists.
Guard Ronnie Baker only scored three points, but he contributed 10 rebounds, five assists and two steals to the winning effort.
Coach Mick Durham used 13 players in the game and none of them played more than 27 minutes.
The Lions were as cold as the 40 below temperatures outside the Patty Center as Multnomah was 19 for 75 from the field (25.3 percent) and 13 for 38 (34.2 percent) from 3-point range, enabling the Nanooks to grab 48 defensive rebounds.
Guard Austin Hodges led Multnomah (6-9) with a 20-point performance, while Steven Sansone came off the bench to nail four 3-pointers for his 12 points. Forward Jordan Paris led the team with six rebounds, while Sansone and David Walker each had three assists.
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