ANCHORAGE – Sophomore swingman Teancum Stafford scored 19 points to lead hot-shooting Alaska Anchorage to an 83-77 victory over Loyola Marymount on Saturday as the host Seawolves captured fourth place in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
UAA (6-1) led nearly the entire game, getting 14 points and five assists from guard Colton Lauwers, plus 12 points apiece from guard Kyle Fossman and forward Abebe Demissie.
LMU (3-3) was led by a game-high 26 points from guard Anthony Ireland, but the Lions missed 16 free throws and shot just 27 percent in the first half, finishing sixth in the eight-team tournament.
The Div. II Seawolves jumped to an early 12-1 lead on four straight three-pointers – two by Lauwers – and hung on for a 35-29 edge at halftime. The Lions roared back to tie it 54-54 with 8:40 remaining, but the home team answered with consecutive treys by Fossman to take the lead for good.
After LMU cut it to 67-62 with 5:24 left, Stafford scored on three of UAA’s next four possessions, including two three-pointers, to make it 75-66 at the 2-minute mark.
The victory is UAA’s 55th all-time over a Div. I squad and improves the Seawolves to 35-70 in the 35-year history of the Shootout. It also marks UAA’s seventh fourth-place finish, equaling its best ever.
The Seawolves earned the win by shooting 57 percent from the field, including 15 of 27 three-pointers (.556). UAA survived 28 fouls and a 39-28 rebounding disadvantage.
Stafford also dished four assists and grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go with 8-of-13 shooting (3 of 5 three-pointers), while Demissie snagged five rebounds and tallied three assists. Freshman forward Collin Spickerman had a tournament-best four blocked shots as well.
UAA returns to action Thursday, Nov. 29 when it begins Great Northwest Athletic Conference play against Montana State Billings at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
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