ANCHORAGE – Maleke Haynes scored 22 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer to send the game to overtime, to help Alaska Anchorage to a 78-73 victory over Santa Clara in the consolation semifinals of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center on Thursday.
The Div. II Seawolves (4-3) also got 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and no turnovers from senior forward Jacob Lampkin as they earned UAA’s 56th all-time victory over a Div. I program.
The Broncos (1-4) were led by 18 points and 10 rebounds from forward Henry Caruso and shot an impressive 56 percent from the field, but the visitors from the West Coast Conference could not hold on to a 60-51 lead with 5 minutes remaining in regulation.
“Throw out the win – I’m incredibly proud of their performance,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne, whose team shot 49.2 percent from the floor. “Last night (in a 59-39 loss to CSU Bakersfield) we were not trusting our offense. On their seventh game (tonight), they decided to trust it. Hopefully in our eighth, ninth and tenth games, we’ll continue to trust ourselves.”
Josiah Wood knocked down 3 of 4 three throws to begin UAA’s late surge, and D.J. Ursery sliced it to 61-58 on a jumper with 2:42 remaining. Santa Clara pushed its lead back to 66-60 before junior guard Malik Clements swished a three-pointer with 35 seconds to go, and the Seawolves opted to play defense instead of fouling on purpose.
The strategy worked when Matt Hauser’s floater bounced off the rim and was rebounded by Ursery, and UAA used its final timeout with 4.1 seconds showing. Haynes took the inbounds pass and raced down court, clearly releasing his running three-pointer before the final buzzer.
UAA controlled the overtime period, using two free throws from Haynes and consecutive baskets from Lampkin – including a slam on a pass from Haynes to beat the shot clock – to grab a 74-68 advantage. Santa Clara’s K.J. Feagin cut his team’s deficit to 75-73 on a short jumper with 4.1 seconds left, and Haynes with fouled with 3.5 on the clock. After making his first free throw, Haynes missed the second, allowing the Broncos one last chance. But Henry Caruso’s outlet pass was intercepted by Clements, who was fouled and sank the final free throws with just 1.1 second left.
Lampkin – a senior transfer from the University of the Pacific – earned his fifth double-double in just seven games as a Seawolf, shooting 10 of 15 from the floor. Haynes shot 7 of 12 overall and 4 of 8 from long distance, along with three assists and two steals in 40 minutes.
Wood had 11 points and five assists, Ursery accounted for nine points, six rebounds and four assists, and Clements had eight points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
The Seawolves advance to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. 4th/6th-place game against College of Charleston, while Santa Clara will face Sam Houston State in the 7th-place game Saturday at noon at the Alaska Airlines Center.
NOTES: Haynes and Lampkin tied for UAA’s season high thus far with their 22-point efforts … the win was UAA’s 39th all-time in the Shootout, including a victory over Santa Clara in the 1991 consolation semifinals … the Seawolves committed a season-low 11 turnovers and beat the Broncos 12-2 on the offensive glass.