Seawolves use hot shooting to down Montana State-Billings
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Taylor Rohde tied his career high by scoring 32 points, leading Alaska Anchorage to an 80-68 victory against Montana State-Billings in a Friday NCAA tournament game.
UAA never trailed after two Rohde free throws put the Seawolves ahead 10-8 with 13:40 left in the first half, but couldn’t put the game away until the end.
The Seawolves’ biggest lead until the final minute was 11 points. After grabbing a 32-26 lead at halftime, a 3-pointer by Kyle Fossman early in the second half put the Seawolves up 44-33 with 15:33 remaining.
MSUB climbed back to within three, first at 48-45 and then later at 50-47, but Travis Thompson hit a trey to put UAA ahead 53-47 with 10:58 remaining.
UAA then built its lead to 10, 67-57. Robert Mayes, who led MSUB with 29 points, then scored the next five points making the score 67-62.
UAA, however, quickly re-established its double-digit advantage scoring the next six points, as Rohde hit two free throws, Colton Lauwers nailed his third three of the game and Steve White added a foul shot for a 73-62 lead with 2:24 left.
Alaska Anchorage got 18 points from Fossman, who made four of six treys, and 10 points from White.
Antoine Proctor joined Mayes in double figures for MSUB with 13 points. Proctor also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
Alaska Anchorage blistered the nets shooting 60 percent from the field (27-45), including 10 of 17 from the behind the arc.