FAIRBANKS – Senior guards Spencer Svejcar and Diante Mitchell combined for 45 points in a red-hot shooting performance Tuesday to lift the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team to its seventh straight win, 68-61 over Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center.

The Seawolves (18-5, 12-3 GNAC) got 24 points and a career-high 10 rebounds from Svejcar, plus 11 rebounds from senior forward Corey Hammell as they swept the season series from their in-state rivals and moved atop the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings by half a game over idle Western Washington.

The Nanooks (11-13, 6-9) were led by 19 points from senior guard Brandon Davis and 18 points from Nahjee Matlock, but the hosts could not capitalize on an early seven-point lead, getting outrebounded 48-26 by the league’s best rebounding club.

After a first half that saw GNAC leading scorer Suki Wiggs held to just two points, UAA broke a 26-26 tie with the first seven points of the second half and extended the lead to 43-31 on a three-pointer from Svejcar at the 13:29 mark.

Following off a 94-88 comeback victory over then-No. 13 WWU on Saturday, the Nanooks looked to rally again. UAF drew within 47-45 and 49-47 as the game wore toward the 7-minute mark, but Svejcar answered with inside buckets on both occasions to make it at least a two-possession affair from that point.

Mitchell scored 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting – including a pair of dagger threes with under six minutes left – while Svejcar shot 9 of 15 overall and 4 of 7 from long range, topping 20 points for the second game in a row and the sixth time this season. It was the first career double-double for Svejcar, who transferred last season from Laramie (Wyo.) Community College.

“We knew when we recruited Spencer and Diante that they were the kind of players who were built for big moments like tonight, and they delivered,” said UAA coach Rusty Osborne, whose team has now won six straight and 22 of the last 23 meetings in the 101-game rivalry. “UAF is a dangerous team with a lot of pride and a lot to fight for, trying to make the GNAC Tournament, so we knew it would take a tremendous effort from our whole lineup, and I think we got that.”

Wiggs, who captured USBWA NCAA Div. II National Player of the Week honors earlier in the day, scored nine of his 11 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite a career-low total, the Seattle native managed to continue his streak of 55 double-figure scoring efforts since transferring from Div. I Idaho last year.

Hammell scored six points and grabbed double-figure rebounds for the 16th time this season and the fifth time in the last six games, while senior center Connor Devine added four points, two blocks and three of UAA’s 20 offensive rebounds.

The Seawolves are idle while the rest of the GNAC plays Thursday, before returning home for a Saturday 7 p.m. showdown against Montana State Billings at the Alaska Airlines Center. Call 907-786-1562 for tickets for visit GoSeawolves.com for more information.