Walla Walla University men start well, stumble in Alaska

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Walla Walla University's men's basketball team got off to a good start in its finale at the University of Alaska Anchorage Tournament Sunday, leading the first four minutes against Alaska Anchorage.

But then the Wolves went cold and Alaska Anchorage jumped to a 39-17 halftime lead and took the 72-44 victory.

"We were hanging in there at the beginning of the game," WWU coach Gerry Larson said. "Once the 3-pointers stopped falling (Alaska Anchorage took over). They broke it open with a 10-0 run sparked by a 3-pointer. After that run we couldn't knock down any shots.

"In the second half it went much better for us defensively," he said. "We handled the pressure a lot better yesterday, and that was encouraging."

Tristan Greenidge continued his productive tournament with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes.

"He really had a good weekend," Larson said of Greenidge. "He played a lot of minutes for us."

The Wolves head into the break at 0-16, and next host Lewis-Clark State College on Jan. 2.

"It was a great experience for us, we feel like we got better," Larson said of the trip to Alaska. "It was a worthwhile trip for us."

Alaska Anchorage 72, WWU 44

WWU (44) - Doherty 2-3 2-3 6, Bailey 1-4 0-0 2, Henderson 3-9 1-2 9, Stimmel 2-4 0-0 6, Greenidge 5-14 7-8 18, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Abdul-Karim 0-2 0-1 0, Marshall 0-0 0-0 0, Creasey 1-5 1-1 3. Totals 14-43 11-15 44.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE - Rohde 6-8 2-2 14, C. Robinson 3-8 3-3 12, D. Robinson 1-3 0-0 2, Gill 1-2 0-0 3, Walker 3-6 0-0 7, Thompson 0-3 0-0 0, White 2-5 0-0 4, Ridgeway 5-7 2-2 12, Fossman 2-3 0-0 6, Hearn 2-5 1-3 6, Gibcus 0-1 0-0 0, Peterson 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 27-56 10-12 72.

Halftime score - UAA 39, WWU 17. 3-point goals - WWU 5 (Henderson 2, Stimmel 2, Greenidge), UAA 8 (C. Robinson 3, Gill, Walker, Fossman 2, Hearn). Total fouls - WWU 12, AAU 12. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWU 28 (Greenidge 6), AAU 32 (Ridgeway 5). Turnovers - WWU 20, AAU 11. Assists - WWU 10 (Greenidge 4), AAU 20 (D. Robinson 4, White 4).

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