ANCHORAGE – Senior forward Jacob Lampkin tallied a double-double but the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team could not keep pace with defending Pacific West Conference champion Hawaii Pacific on Friday, falling 65-51 in the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (1-1) got 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, 13 rebounds and two blocks from Lampkin – a transfer from Div. I program University of the Pacific – while junior forward Josiah Wood and sophomore guard Jack Macdonald added eight points apiece in the home-opening loss.
The Sharks (1-0) were led by 18 points and 10 rebounds from forward Niksha Federico, 17 points and four assists from forward Jonathan Janssen, and 10 rebounds from forward Spencer Vering as outshot the hosts 40 percent to 26.6 percent.
UAA jumped to an 18-10 lead on a nice feed from Macdonald to Malik Clements for a layup at the 10:09 mark of the first half, only to see HPU rally for a 37-34 advantage at the break.
After D.J. Ursery swished a short jumper on the Seawolves’ first attempt of the second half, UAA would go ice cold over the next nine minutes, missing 15 straight shots. Brian Pearson’s three-point play ended the drought and made it 49-39, but UAA would get no closer.
HPU took its largest advantage at 58-39 with 5:14 remaining and led by double figures the rest of the way.
Lampkin grabbed seven of its rebounds on the offensive end and Pearson hauled in a career-high five rebounds for the Seawolves, while Macdonald tallied four assists without a turnover.
The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center on Saturday at 8 p.m. to face Chaminade (1-0) in the final game of the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge. The Silverswords were 71-58 winners over Alaska Fairbanks earlier Friday. Meanwhile, HPU will play UAF in the 5:30 p.m. game Saturday.