Over the weekend, several WCC teams played in exhibition games to further prepare for the upcoming season. West Coast Conference schools struggled greatly in exhibition games before this weekend, edging out division II, division III, and NAIA opponents by only a handful of points. However, this was not the case this weekend and several WCC teams took care of business and blew out their lesser opponents.
Here some quick notes from each exhibition game over the weekend.
BYU vs. Alaska Anchorage
- Coach Rose went with a small lineup against the Sea Wolves starting Matt Carlino, Tyler Haws, Frank Bartley IV, Kyle Collingsworth, and Nate Austin.
- Matt Carlino had a solid game despite being dreadful from behind the arc (0 of 5). Carlino had 17 points and 10 rebounds to record a double-double.
- The whole BYU team in general shot badly from behind the arc (2-15). This could be a potential Achilles heel for this team.
- The Cougars dominated the rebounding margin. BYU outrebounded UAA by 40 rebounds (69-29).
- Future freshman phenom Eric Mika was the player of the game for the Cougars. He scored 17 points off 8 of 11 shooting, and snagged 14 rebounds.
Santa Clara vs. San Diego Christian
- Evan Roquemore did not play for the Broncos. Jalen Richard, Brandon Clark, and Jared Brownridge started at guard.
- Brandon Clark did a great job playing in Roquemore’s place. He scored 17 points and dished out 7 assists in the Broncos 89-60 victory.
- Freshman guard Jared Brownridge got the start but did not play especially well. The Midwest native shot 2 of 12 from the field and only made 2 of the 9 threes he took.
- Robert Garrett and Jerry Brown both came off the bench, but put in great minutes for Kerry Keatings squad. The two big men combined for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
LMU vs. Cal Lutheran
- As expected, Anthony Ireland was phenomenal on Saturday night. Ireland put up 24 points on 8 of 15 shooting, as well as 7 assists and only 1 turnover.
- Despite being in a car accident a few weeks prior, Ayodeji Egbeyemi was active and in the Lions starting lineup. He had 13 points and 8 rebounds.
- Freshmen Gabe Levin and Nino Jackson played big minutes as expected. Levin played for 32 minutes and Jackson played for 21. Levin had 13 points and Jackson chipped in 11 off the bench.
Pacific vs. Montana Tech
- Tony Gill was the star for the Tigers against Montana Tech. The senior forward had 19 points and 8 rebounds in Pacific’s 76-52 win.
- TJ Wallace played 19 minutes off the bench, but struggled. The freshman only scored 2 points off 0 of 4 shooting. It is looking like senior Andrew Bock will assume the starting point guard duties for the Tigers this season.