ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage’s Teancum Stafford scored 19 points but 13th-ranked Seattle Pacific used timely three-point shooting Saturday to earn an 85-79 win over the Seawolves in a battle of nationally ranked men’s basketball clubs at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The 25th-ranked Seawolves (7-2, 1-1 GNAC) also got 15 points and three assists from junior guard Kyle Fossman as they suffered their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference loss
The Falcons (7-1, 2-0) had five players score double figures, led by Jobi Wall’s 20 points, while junior point guard David Downs scored 13 points and dished 12 assists with just one turnover.
UAA rallied from a 30-19 first-half deficit to take the lead, 40-38, on a four-point play by Abebe Demissie with 17 minutes to play. The Seawolves went ahead 52-49 on a fast-break layup by Jalen Little with 8:49 left, but SPU center Andy Poling sank a hook shot 16 seconds later, followed by consecutive three-pointer from Wall and Patrick Simon (15 points).
The Seawolves crept back within 63-60 on a reverse layup from Stafford at the 4:27 mark before SPU used another 8-0 run to seal it. With the win, the Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak in Anchorage, winning at the WFSC for the first time since Jan. 2007.
Junior guard Mike MacKelvie was the third Seawolf in double figures with 11 points, doing it on perfect shooting (3-3 FG, 5-5 FT). Meanwhile, junior guard Colton Lauwers added seven points and a team-high four assists without a turnover.
The Seawolves have two weeks off before returning to the WFSC for their final non-conference game, Dec. 15 against Northwest Indian College.
ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage picked up its first Western Collegiate Hockey Association win of the season with a 3-1 victory over the No. 14/15-ranked St. Cloud State Huskies, earning the series split Saturday night at the Sullivan Arena.
UAA used two goals in the first period and a third in the second for a 3-0 lead before the Huskies ended the shutout with a strike less than five minutes into the final frame. The win breaks a seven-game winless streak for the Seawolves and marks UAA’s first against a ranked opponent this season.
The Seawolves were first to strike in the opening stanza when sophomore winger Scott Allen netted his team-leading seventh tally of the season at 3:53. Senior Alex Gellert placed a centering pass on rookie Blake Tatchell, who fired on net before Allen – on his knees – collected the rebound for the 1-0 lead.
At 13:19 junior defenseman Quinn Sproule – skating as a forward tonight – entered the Husky zone on the right and gave a streaking Scott Warner a cross pass, who caught netminder Ryan Faragher out of position with a wrister on the opposite side.
Just like Friday evening, the Seawolves furnished a 3-0 lead, this time in the opening minutes of the second period. Freshman Hayden Trupp, who scored a goal for UAA last night, fed senior Daniel Naslund a pass for his first strike of the season and second point of the weekend at 2:24.
SCSU would get on the board at 15:36 of the third with a back-door goal by Jonny Brodzinski, but despite a 16-2 edge on shots in the period, the Huskies would come up short. SCSU even enjoyed a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 32.3 seconds, but the Seawolves were able to keep them at bay.
Showing no rust in net after not starting since Nov. 9 against Minnesota was junior Chris Kamal. A local of Alpharetta, Ga., Kamal registered a career-high 32 saves in net for the win and a 2-3-0 record. Faragher made 19 stops, dropping his record to 7-6-0.
The Seawolves and Huskies were both scoreless on the man advantage with UAA going 0-for-3 and SCSU going 0-for-4. The Seawolves were tagged for 10 minutes of infractions to the Huskies eight.
The Seawolves hit the road for a WCHA series at Minnesota State, Dec. 7-8. Friday’s game is scheduled for 4:37 p.m. AST, while the puck is scheduled to drop at 4:07 p.m. AST on Saturday.