ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage senior D.J. Ursery scored a game-high 16 points but it wasn’t enough Saturday as 21st-ranked Western Washington stayed unbeaten in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a 70-61 victory over the Seawolves at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (8-10, 4-6 GNAC) also got 11 points and three assists from junior forward Josiah Wood and a career-high 10 points on 3-of-4 three-point shooting from freshman guard Kylan Osborne in the loss.
The Vikings (15-3, 10-0) earned their 10th consecutive victory behind 15 points, 10 rebounds and three assists from guard Trey Drechsel, plus 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting and nine rebounds from center Logan Schilder, outrebounding the Seawolves 42-31 and outshooting them .451 to .317.
“I thought our effort was there, but we just couldn’t get our shots to go down at the end of the first half, and that turned out to be the difference,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne. “D.J. competed extremely hard, despite being in foul trouble most of the second half, and I thought Brian Pearson and Kylan continued to show improvement.”
The Seawolves led 18-14 when freshman Brennan Rymer dished one of his six assists to Wood for a layup at the 9:25 mark. But the hosts went cold after that, not scoring again until Jack Macdonald converted two free throws with one second on the clock.
After trailing 28-20 at halftime, the Seawolves stayed within a dozen points and eventually made it a 46-41 game when Malik Clements converted a rebound basket at the 7:47 mark. The Vikings would slowly stretch their lead, however, taking control at 60-46 on a Drechsel three-point play with 3:36 left.
Clements finished with eight points and two steals, while Pearson and Macdonald had seven points apiece. Pearson led the Seawolves with seven rebounds.
Rymer did not commit a turnover in 26 minutes as the Seawolves’ five team turnovers were just two off the program’s single-game record.
The Seawolves continue a four-game homestand Thursday at 5:15 p.m. when they begin the second half of the GNAC campaign against Simon Fraser at the Alaska Airlines Center. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com for tickets.