SEATTLE – Junior guard Jack Macdonald led a late Alaska Anchorage comeback with a game-high 18 points but it was not enough Saturday as Seattle Pacific held on for an 87-74 men’s basketball victory at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
The Seawolves (7-7, 2-4 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) also got 14 points and a career-high seven rebounds from junior forward Niko Bevens in the loss.
The Falcons (8-3, 5-1) were led by 17 points and nine rebounds from Gavin Long as they led from start to finish. Center Nathan Streufert collected 14 points and nine rebounds and Coleman Wooten added 16 points and eight rebounds to help SPU end a three-game home losing streak against the Seawolves.
“We got off to a slow start and it’s difficult to be successful when you dig a big hole against a good team like that,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne. “I’m glad that our players continued to fight through the adversity and never show any quit though.”
SPU – which moved into a first-place tie in the GNAC standings – jumped to a 17-0 lead in the first five minutes before Bevens got UAA into the scoring column, and the hosts led 47-21 at halftime.
The Falcons led by 28 twice early in the second half and were up 65-39 with 10:58 remaining when UAA went on a 10-0 run, sparked by four points apiece from reserve guards Matt Seymour and Travis Adams. Seymour’s second three-pointer trimmed it to 75-65 with 2:39 remaining, but UAA would get no closer than nine points in the final minutes.
Macdonald shot 8 of 11 from the floor, including 2 of 3 from long range, for the second-highest scoring total of his career, while Bevens shot 4 of 10 from long range. Point guard Brennan Rymer scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting and a dished game-high four assists, and senior center Brian Pearson collected five blocks as he moved into a fifth-place tie on UAA’s career list, now with 76.
The Seawolves return to action Thursday at 7 p.m. AST against Central Washington at the Alaska Airlines Center. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.