ANCHORAGE – Joe Chealey scored 10 of his 15 points after halftime and dished eight assists Saturday to lead College of Charleston to a 55-46 victory over host Alaska Anchorage in the 4th/6th-place game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center.
Chealey also grabbed six rebounds and did not commit a turnover, while forward Nick Harris scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and snagged seven rebounds for the Cougars (4-2).
UAA led 14-11 after 12 minutes and the game was tied 21-21 before Charleston scored the final five points of the first half. The Seawolves never trailed but double digits, but could get no closer than one point, pulling within 34-33 on D.J. Ursery’s layup with 11:16 remaining.
“I’m extraordinarily proud of the fight and grit that our team showed all week,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne, whose program completed 40 years of Shootout history with a 39-81 record – all against Div. I competition. “Although we didn’t win today, I think we continued to show improvement in several areas. We just need to keep that momentum going this week with a quick turnaround into league play.”
Junior forward Josiah Wood had eight points and four assists, and Ursery had seven points and six rebounds for UAA, which hosts in-state rival Alaska Fairbanks on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to begin its 20-game Great Northwest Athletic Conference slate.