ANCHORAGE – Carl Arts scored a game-high 21 points but Eastern Washington used a 17-4 run to open the second half Saturday, knocking off host Alaska Anchorage 64-62 in the 7th-place game of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout at Sullivan Arena.
The Eagles (2-5) got 15 points from center Brandon Moore and 13 points and 11 rebounds from forward Kellen Williams, who earned Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game honors.
The Seawolves (2-3) rallied from an 11-point deficit with 8 minutes remaining and had two shots to win or tie at the end. Senior McCade Olsen (14 points, 5-10 FG, 2-3 3FG, 4 rebounds) missed a contested three-pointer with 4 seconds left and Chris Bryant stole the rebound away from EWU’s Trey Gross, but the Seawolf guard couldn’t convert a tough shot with his back to the basket as time expired.
Arts (8-12 FG, 4-4 FT, 5 rebounds, career-high 40 minutes) finished his 12-game Shootout career with 127 points, tying for seventh all-time with former Seawolf All-American Todd Fisher.
Senior teammate Luke Cooper sparked UAA’s comeback with 13 assists, no turnovers and two steals in his 12th and final Shootout appearance. The Seawolves posted an impressive 19-to-7 assist-to-turnover ratio, but the Eagles were slightly better from three-point range (9 of 21 to UAA’s 7 of 21) and outrebounded the host team 30-24.
Williams went 3 of 6 on three-pointers while reserve guard Milan Stanojevic sank 3 of 5. Stanojevic and starting guards Adris DeLeon and Gross accounted for nine points apiece.
UAA finished winless for just the sixth time in the 30-year history of the Shootout and the first time since 2001.
The Seawolves, ranked No. 16 in NCAA Div. II, return to action Dec. 7 and 8 when they host Texas-Permian Basin at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Tip-off times are set for 7:30 and 7 p.m., respectively.