Houston Baptist (0-4) at Alaska-Anchorage (1-3)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, November 26th, 6:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Sullivan Arena (8,700) -- Anchorage, Alaska. Television: MASN. Home Record: Houston Baptist 0-1, AK-Anchorage 0-1. Away Record: Houston Baptist 0-2, AK-Anchorage 0-0. Neutral Record: Houston Baptist 0-1, AK-Anchorage 1-2. Conference Record: Houston Baptist 0-0, AK-Anchorage 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: The Houston Baptist Huskies and the Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves will clash this evening in second-round action of the Great Alaska Shootout.
Yesterday, Houston Baptist faced Arizona State of the Pac-10 Conference to open play at this event, and the result of that affair was a 73-55 setback. The Huskies are still in search of their first win of the season, as they have lost all four games thus far by nine or more points.
As for Alaska-Anchorage, the host team, it opened play in this 33rd installment of the Great Alaska Shootout against Weber State on Thanksgiving. The Seawolves were no match for the Wildcats and fell in that tilt by an 86-54 final. Anchorage, which is 1-3 this season, has an all-time record of 33-61 in the Shootout, and that includes an 8-17 ledger since 2002. The best showing for the Seawolves in this tournament has been a fourth-place finish, which the team has achieved five times, including last season.
This game marks the first-ever meeting between Houston Baptist and Alaska- Anchorage on the hardwood.
Yesterday, Andrew Gonzalez finished with 26 points and Miles Dixon scored 14 for theHuskies, but those strong efforts simply weren't enough to avoid defeat against Arizona State. Gonzalez ended the first half with 10 points, but the Sun Devils capitalized on 12 early Houston Baptist turnovers to take a 32-19 lead heading to the intermission. The Huskies simply could not overcome that early deficit, as they connected on only 37.7 percent of their field goal attempts in the clash, including a 3-of-13 effort from behind the arc. They also misfired on 40 percent of their free throw attempts and turned the ball over 16 times. A 49-29 rebounding deficit hurt the cause for sure. Gonzalez entered this tournament averaging 25.0 ppg, so it came as no surprise that he finished with a high point total. He will undoubtedly draw added attention from Alaska-Anchorage defenders this evening.
Against Weber State yesterday, Taylor Rohde scored 19 points and Mario Gill added 12 for the Seawolves, who trailed by 14 points at intermission and were outplayed even worse in the second half. Anchorage was outrebounded by a 35-23 margin and permitted the Wildcats to shoot just a shade under 60 percent from the floor. The Seawolves committed 18 turnovers as well, but the ugliest stat of all from the blowout loss was 9-of-24, the team's porous effort from the foul line. Rohde is the best player on the roster for Anchorage, as he entered this tournament averaging 15.0 ppg and 5.7 rpg. For the team to have any chance of winning tonight's game, the standout will have to at least reach those averages and also get some help from a rather lackluster supporting cast, something that hasn't happened much thus far.
Because of the presence of Gonzalez, a gifted scorer, Houston Baptist gets a narrow edge in what could prove to be a rather ugly game.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Houston Baptist 70, Alaska-Anchorage 65
11/26 10:46:11 ET