MONMOUTH, Ore. – Suki Wiggs scored a game-high 23 points but the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team could not keep pace with a hot-shooting Western Oregon club Saturday in a 89-71 loss at the New P.E. Building.

The Seawolves (19-7, 13-5 GNAC) – ranked No. 9 in the NCAA Div. II West Region – also got 15 points from senior point guard Diante Mitchell as they fell two games behind Western Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference title race with two games remaining.

Meanwhile, the defending GNAC regular-season and tournament champion Wolves (15-11, 12-6) got 22 points and four assists from guard Ali Faruq-Bey and 19 points and six assists from forward Tanner Omlid, who combined to shoot 14 of 23 from the floor. With its win, WOU earns a split of the season series and pulls within a game of the Seawolves for second place and a quarterfinal bye for the Mar. 2-4 GNAC Tournament in Lacey, Wash.

After seeing its 8-game win streak snapped in overtime on Thursday at Concordia, the Seawolves fell behind 14-4 in the first three minutes against the Wolves. Four straight free throws by Wiggs drew the Seawolves within 30-27 at the 3:37 mark, but the hosts would end the half on a 14-6 run, and WOU led by double figures for the game’s final 19 minutes.

Senior guard Spencer Svejcar was the third Seawolf in double figures with 13 points, while sophomore guard Damien Fulp added seven points off the bench.

WOU outshot UAA 56 percent to 45 percent – nailing 14 of 24 three-pointers – and won the rebounding battle 32-27.

The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center for their final home games next week, starting Thursday at 7 p.m. against Northwest Nazarene. Saturday’s ‘senior night’ festivities will take place prior to a 3 p.m. tip against Central Washington. Call 907-786-1562 to order tickets for visit GoSeawolves.com for more information.