ANCHORAGE – Senior guard Drew Peterson scored a career-high 15 points to lead a late comeback attempt for Alaska Anchorage on Saturday in a 72-62 men’s basketball loss to nationally 6th-ranked Western Oregon at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (9-11, 5-7 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 14 points and three assists from junior guard Malik Clements, plus 10 points apiece from junior center Brian Pearson and senior guard D.J. Ursery as they were swept in the season series.
The Wolves (19-1, 11-1) got 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks from senior forward Tanner Omlid – the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year – plus 12 points and three steals from senior guard Ali Faruq-Bey as the visitors from Monmouth took over sole possession of first place in the GNAC for the first time this year.
UAA trailed 31-19 at halftime and faced its biggest deficit at 48-27 when WOU’s Demetrius Trammell hit a layup with 14:29 remaining. The Seawolves would get hot from the field, however, hitting nine straight field goals, including a jumper by Pearson that made it 61-52 with 7 minutes left.
UAA trimmed it to 61-56 on two free throws by Peterson at the 6:15 mark, but the Wolves would get a clutch three-pointer from Faruq-Bey with 4:44 left that put his team up 66-57, and UAA could not get any closer than seven the rest of the way.
Peterson shot 4 of 5 from long range to surpass his previous career high – set in last year’s home win over Alaska Fairbanks – by one point. The San Diego native also picked up a pair of steals. Ursery led UAA with five rebounds, and freshman point guard Brennan Rymer came off the bench to deliver five assists with no turnovers.
Following a four-game homestand, the Seawolves are back on the road next week to face Seattle Pacific (Thur., Feb. 1) and Saint Martin’s (Sat., Feb. 3). Both game begin at 6 p.m. AST and can been seen live at GNAC.tv.