The University of Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team made a 23-4 run late in the game and took the lead, but then ended up on the short end of a 76-75 decision as the Central Washington University Wildcats claimed a 76-75 victory Saturday at the UAA Sports Center.
Trailing 65-52, UAA used a balanced scoring attack to key its 23-4 run as the Seawolves took a 75-69 lead with 2 minutes left to play. But then UAA couldn't find the net and Central Washington rallied to win the game on a 3-pointer from the right-wing baseline by Corby Schuh with 14 seconds remaining. UAA's Chris Hamey of Juneau took a 10-foot runner as time ran out, but he missed the shot and the ball kicked loose and rolled through the legs of two Seawolves as time expired.
Hamey scored 19 points to lead UAA (9-7 overall, 2-4 Pac West Conference), plus he grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists despite being limited to just 25 minutes because of foul trouble. Scott Larrabee scored 13 points and added four assists, but he also had nine turnovers for the Seawolves. Greg Freeman scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Serge Using had 10 points and 12 rebounds and Taylor Wagner scored 11 points and added four assists for UAA. Juneau resident Shaun O'Shea didn't play for UAA.
Carson Payne scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead the Wildcats (12-5 overall, 5-2 PWC), who were ranked 25th in the most recent NCAA Division II basketball poll. Marty DeLange scored 13 points, Reggie Ball had 11 and Schuh scored 10 points and added six assists for Central Washington, which was upset by the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday.
Nanooks upset Vikings
The University of Alaska Fairbanks men's basketball team held off a furious rally by the Western Washington University Vikings Saturday to claim a 90-87 victory at UAF's Patty Center.
UAF led by 15 points, 62-47, five minutes into the second half and still led by 14, 71-57, with 10 minutes left in the game. But Western Washington came back to tie the score 85-85 with two minutes left on a lay-up by Jared Stevenson. UAF's Bogdan Popescu made a free throw to put the Nanooks back on top, then the Vikings turned the ball over on their next two possessions, leading to two more UAF free throws and a dunk by Sanjey Noriega.
Popescu scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Nanooks (8-12 overall, 3-3 Pac West Conference). Matt Carle, who attended both Hydaburg and Juneau-Douglas high schools, scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, made four steals and dished out three assists for the Nanooks. Noriega had 18 points and Mike Jones scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds for UAF.
Jared Stevenson scored a game-high 21 points to lead Western Washington (11-7 overall, 4-3 PWC), while his brother Jacob Stevenson scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists. Shelton Diggs added 15 points for the Vikings, who lost their third straight game, and Brian Dennis added 13 points and nine rebounds.