ANCHORAGE – Senior guard Suki Wiggs had 28 points and nine rebounds and forward Corey Hammell delivered a double-double Saturday to propel the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team to its eighth straight victory, 74-58 over Montana State Billings at the Alaska Airlines Center.

The Seawolves (19-5, 13-3 GNAC) also got 17 points and nine rebounds from senior guard Spencer Svejcar as they officially clinched a berth in next month’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament, while maintaining a first-place tie with Western Washington with four games remaining in the regular season.

The Yellowjackets (13-11, 8-8) were led by 22 points on 5-of-7 three-point shooting from guard Jace Anderson, but the visitors were outrebounded 46-24, and leading scorer Preston Beverly – who came in averaging 20 points per game – was held scoreless on 0-of-6 shooting before fouling out.

After handing UAA a 69-68 loss on a last-second three-pointer on Jan. 12 in Billings – the Seawolves’ last defeat – MSUB appeared ready for another long battle, forging a 22-20 lead through the first 16 minutes of the rematch.

Wiggs answered jumper at the 3-minute mark, however, and he and senior guard Diante Mitchell snagged a pair of steals to spark a 17-0 Seawolf run that spanned both halves.

The Yellowjackets trailed by 40-25 early in the second half before slicing the deficit to 56-50 with 7:50 remaining. Wiggs – the GNAC’s leading scorer at 24.1 ppg – provided the final answer with a traditional three-point play at the 6:33 mark, and his jumper with 2:21 left made it 63-53.

Hammell sank all eight of his free throws to record his seventh double-double of the season and 21st of his 2-year career, while Mitchell finished with 10 points, three assists and two steals.

Wiggs added three steals and just missed his first double-double of the season as the reigning USBWA National Player of the Week shot 11 of 24 from the field.

Senior center Connor Devine had four blocks and a career-high-tying three assists, and junior guard Ashton Pomrehn collected five points off the bench for UAA.

Combined with Western Oregon’s 68-63 upset loss at last-place Simon Fraser early Saturday, the Seawolves and Western Washington now hold a 3-game lead over WOU for the GNAC Tournament’s two quarterfinal byes. The top six finishers make the tournament, scheduled for Mar. 3-5 in Lacey, Wash., with the winner earning the GNAC’s automatic NCAA Tournament berth.

UAA hits the road for the final time in the regular season to face Concordia on Thursday and WOU on Saturday in Oregon.