ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage seniors D.J. Ursery and Jacob Lampkin combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds but a late comeback attempt came up short Saturday as Chaminade earned a 71-65 men’s basketball victory over the Seawolves in the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (1-2) got 21 points on 9-of-15 shooting and nine rebounds from Ursery, while fellow University of the Pacific transfer Lampkin recorded his second straight double-double with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and 10 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Silverswords (2-0) used a balanced scoring effort, with four starters scoring 12 points apiece and guard Justin Bridges adding 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting off the bench. The Pacific West Conference club committed just seven turnovers to offset a 41-28 rebounding edge by the Seawolves.
Chaminade forward Braden Koelliker scored 12 points on 5-of-8 shooting as he made the all-tournament team, while guard Austin Pope was named player of the game with 12 points, six rebounds, five assists and four blocks.
The visitors from Hawaii came out of the gates quickly, jumping to a 17-2 lead and taking their biggest edge at 26-8 with 10:42 left in the first half. The Seawolves rallied, however, ending the half on a 12-3 run to pull within 38-33.
A layup by Lampkin sliced it to 38-37 early in the second half before Chaminade seemingly gained control again, racing to a 59-45 lead when Koelliker swished a jumper at the 10:07 mark. But the Silverswords did not score again for six minutes, and UAA used a 14-0 spurt to tie the game with 4:35 on the clock, highlighted by three layups from Lampkin and a shot clock-beating, bank-in three-pointer by Ursery.
The Seawolves trailed 62-61 after Josiah Wood made two free throws with 3:07 left, only to have the Silverswords respond with a jumper by Justin Bridges and a three-pointer from Grant Dressler. Ursery hit two free throws with 9 seconds remaining to make it a one-possession game at 68-65 before Chaminade made three of four free throws to clinch the win.
Wood finished with 12 points (6-6 FT), while senior point guard Maleke Haynes dished four assists for UAA.
The Seawolves host another pair of NCAA Div. II West Region games next week when they face Holy Names in back-to-back contests, Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Both games tip at 7:30 p.m.
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2017 Alaska/Hawaii Challenge All-Tournament Team
Niksha Federico, Hawaii Pacific
Davis Kimble, Alaska Fairbanks
Braden Koelliker, Chaminade
Jacob Lampkin, Alaska Anchorage
LaDonavan Wilder, Alaska Fairbanks
Most Outstanding Player: Jonathan Janssen, HPU