LACEY, Wash. – Senior guard D.J. Ursery just missed a double-double but the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team could not overcome a hot-shooting Saint Martin’s squad Saturday in a 79-67 loss at Marcus Pavilion.
The Seawolves (10-12, 6-8 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) were led by 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from senior guard Drew Peterson, while fellow reserve Brian Pearson put up 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting and six rebounds in the loss.
The Saints (17-5, 10-4) got 17 points on 7-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds and four assists from Matt Dahlen, while teammate Jordan Kitchen had nine rebounds and four blocks to help Saint Martin’s sweep the regular-season series from UAA for the first time in 17 years as GNAC foes.
UAA trailed throughout the night, falling behind 7-0 and 15-4 in the first five minutes. Peterson brought the Seawolves within 35-29 on a layup with one minute left in the first half, but the Saints would hit two free throws with one second remaining and start the second half on a 7-0 run to pull away. SMU pushed its largest advantage to 65-42 with 9:06 to play.
Ursery finished with nine points and 10 rebounds to help the Seawolves to a 34-31 advantage on the boards, while the Saints posted a huge .563 to .390 edge in field-goal percentage, hitting 11 of 21 from long range.
Sophomore forward Curtis Ryan got the first starting assignment of his career and responded with seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, plus a career-high-tying six rebounds.
The Seawolves take the Alaska Airlines Center court for the final two times in the regular season next week, hosting Northwest Nazarene (Thur., Feb. 8) and Central Washington (Sat., Feb. 10). Both contests start at 7 p.m. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com for tickets.