Men’s Basketball Upsets No.22 Seattle Pacific Defeats Simon Fraser in Non-Conference play
Men’s basketball player Alexis Moore. Photo by Jason Harrel.
After a long, determined offseason of preparation, the Urban Knights did what they came to do in their opening game of the 2014–15 season, upsetting No. 22-ranked Seattle Pacific in a 70–67 victory on the Falcons’ home court on Nov. 14.
The win was the program’s first over a ranked team in its seven-year history. It was the first time Academy of Art University defeated Seattle Pacific in four all-time meetings and the second year in a row the Urban Knights opened the season with a victory. Making the win even more special was the fact that it was only SPU’s fifth home loss since the 2011–12 season, while at the same time it was the Urban Knights’ first road win since Feb. 26, 2013.
“A job well done by the guys,” head coach Julius Barnes said. “Seattle Pacific has long been a great program and I believe our guys really relished the opportunity to see how they stacked up against such a strong opponent. My assistants (Jeremiah Barnes and Phillip Samuel) also deserve a ton of credit for the work they put in to make sure our guys were prepared.”
The victory itself came down to the very last second, as Seattle Pacific’s (0–1) Will Parker threw up a deep 3-point attempt from just left of the top of the arc, which bounced high off the back rim and into the hands of senior guard Alexis Moore (Multimedia Communications) with 0.8 seconds left, sealing the 70–67 triumph.
Men’s basketball player Yanick Kulich. Photo by Jason Harrel.
Moore led ART U with 18 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Junior forward Yanick Kulich (Multimedia Communications) was the Urban Knights’ other double-digit scorer with 15 points.
“We got contributions from everyone,” Barnes said. “Guys stepped up and made plays when they had to, especially in the final minutes. We were able to get defensive stops when we needed them down the stretch and guys like Trent Stokes (Art Education) and Herman Pratt (Multimedia Communications) were able to step to the line and knock down free throws in the clutch.”
In their second win of the season, the Urban Knights equaled their highest ever point total in a game while combining with Simon Fraser to score 201 total points in a fast-paced game, coming away with a 107–94 victory on Nov. 21.
ART U set single-game program records in field goals made (40) and rebounds (58) while holding the explosive SFU offense to under 100 points for the first time this season. The Urban Knights shot 55.6 percent (40-for-72) in the game while The Clan shot 41.9 percent, including 35 percent in the second half alone. It wasn’t until a 3-pointer by Moore with 7 minutes, 52 seconds to play that ART U finally got—and kept—a two-possession lead at 86–82.
Moore was one of two players in the game with a double-double, tallying 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Urban Knights had five players in double-digit scoring, led by Kulich’s 24 points. Junior forward Nick Cary (Multimedia Communications) had 19 points, Pratt just missed a double-double with 13 points and eight boards, and freshman guard Uchenna Okeneme (Advertising) poured in 11.