PORTLAND, Ore. – Suki Wiggs scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, but his final attempt at the end of overtime came up short Thursday as the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team saw its eight-game winning streak snapped with a 68-67 loss to Concordia at LCEF Court.
Ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Div. II West Region, the Seawolves (19-6, 13-4 GNAC) got 14 points from senior point guard Diante Mitchell and 12 points apiece from Corey Hammell and Spencer Svejcar as they fell a game behind Western Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title race with three games remaining.
The Cavaliers (11-13, 7-10) were led by 14 points and nine rebounds from forward Drew Martin, while Latrell Wilson added 14 points, including the game-tying three-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in regulation.
Neither team led by more than six points in a contest that featured 13 ties and 24 lead changes, although the Seawolves forged a 57-52 edge with 1:08 left in regulation. A three-point play by Christopher Edwards drew the hosts closer, however, and they trailed 59-56 after Mitchell sank two clutch free throws with 7 seconds on the clock.
After getting the ball past half court and calling timeout, Concordia got the ball to Wilson in the corner on an inbounds play. Wiggs swiped at Wilson for a foul that would have prevented a three-point attempt, but the Cavs guard escaped and sank an open three from the wing.
The extra session was a one-possession affair the whole way, with Hammell giving UAA a 67-66 lead on two free throws with 45 seconds left. Wilson would miss a three on the other end, but the Cavs got the offensive rebound and fed to Davis Nuaimi, whose corner jumper swished through with 22 seconds remaining.
UAA got the ball to Wiggs on the final possession, but the Cavalier defense held strong and forced a tough three-point look that bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
Hammell added nine rebounds to barely miss his eighth double-double of the year, while Wiggs’s rebound total was a season high and two short of his career high.
Meanwhile, senior center Connor Devine helped UAA hold the Cavs to 33 percent shooting with a career-high-tying six blocks. The transfer from Div. I South Dakota State is now tied for the Seawolves’ single-season program record with 63 swats, matching Serge Using’s total from 1998-99.
Mitchell played the entire 45 minutes, while Wiggs went 42 and Devine 41.
The Seawolves travel south down I-5 for their final road game of the regular season on Saturday at third-place Western Oregon. That contest tips at 6:30 p.m. AST and can be seen on gnac.tv.