ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage senior guard D.J. Ursery scored a career-high 23 points but visiting Seattle Pacific made the big plays down the stretch Saturday to earn a 57-54 men’s basketball victory over the Seawolves at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The host Seawolves (7-7, 3-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got a career highs of 12 points from sophomore guard Jack Macdonald, plus nine rebounds and four blocks from junior center Brian Pearson in the loss.
The Falcons (9-4, 4-2) were led by 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, nine rebounds and four assists from Coleman Wooten, along with 10 points and 11 rebounds from fellow forward Nathan Streufert, helping the visitors win for just the 11th time in 39 trips to Anchorage.
UAA trailed 28-19 with seconds remaining in the first half, but Josiah Wood nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer, and Ursery scored with 16 minutes remaining to knot the game 31-31.
Neither team led by more than one possession from the 16:42 mark of the second half until the 4:16 mark, when the Falcons grabbed a 49-45 edge on a feed from Wooten to Gavin Long. Ursery snagged an offensive rebound, however, and Macdonald converted a layup to knot the game for the 14th and final time, 49-49, with 2:48 on the clock.
Ursery – who shot 10 of 15 from the field after a one-game injury absence – was called for a foul on SPU’s next trip down the court, and the Falcons would take the lead for good on two free throws by Streufert. Following a pair of Seawolf turnovers, SPU’s Gabe Colisimo dished to Streufert for a two-handed dunk to make it 53-49 with one minute left, and UAA would not get another chance to tie.
Colisimo made three of four free throws in the last 16 seconds before UAA freshman guard Brennan Rymer nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
The result marked the fifth time in the last six meetings that the Seawolves and Falcons have played within a three-point margin. UAA now leads the all-time series against its third-most common opponent, 38-36.
Ursery added seven rebounds for the Seawolves, while Wood had five points and four assists.
UAA returns to the road next week for games at Central Washington (Thur., Jan. 11, 6 p.m. AST) and Northwest Nazarene (Sat., Jan. 13, 5 p.m. AST). Both contests can be seen live at GNAC.tv.