ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage’s Teancum Stafford scored 19 points but 13th-ranked Seattle Pacific used timely three-point shooting Saturday to earn an 85-79 win over the Seawolves in a battle of nationally ranked men’s basketball clubs at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
The 25th-ranked Seawolves (7-2, 1-1 GNAC) also got 15 points and three assists from junior guard Kyle Fossman as they suffered their first Great Northwest Athletic Conference loss.
The Falcons (7-1, 2-0) had five players score double figures, led by Jobi Wall’s 20 points, while junior point guard David Downs scored 13 points and dished 12 assists with just one turnover.
UAA rallied from a 30-19 first-half deficit to take the lead, 40-38, on a four-point play by Abebe Demissie with 17 minutes to play. The Seawolves went ahead 52-49 on a fast-break layup by Jalen Little with 8:49 left, but SPU center Andy Poling sank a hook shot 16 seconds later, followed by consecutive three-pointer from Wall and Patrick Simon (15 points).
The Seawolves crept back within 63-60 on a reverse layup from Stafford at the 4:27 mark before SPU used another 8-0 run to seal it. With the win, the Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak in Anchorage, winning at the WFSC for the first time since Jan. 2007.
Junior guard Mike MacKelvie was the third Seawolf in double figures with 11 points, doing it on perfect shooting (3-3 FG, 5-5 FT). Meanwhile, junior guard Colton Lauwers added seven points and a team-high four assists without a turnover.
The Seawolves have two weeks off before returning to the WFSC for their final non-conference game, Dec. 15 against Northwest Indian College.