ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage guard Suki Wiggs had 25 points and nine assists but it was not enough to overcome a record-setting three-point performance by Cal State Dominguez Hills in an 81-78 loss in the Seawolf Jamboree at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves (6-3) also got 20 points and four assists from junior wing Spencer Svejcar as their 5-game winning streak was snapped.
The Toros (2-2) were led by 22 points and six assists from all-tourney selection Ivan Dooley, who powered the L.A. squad’s torrid three-point shooting with 7-of-9 accuracy.
The visitors from the California Collegiate Athletic Association established a 44-27 lead with 2:21 left in the first half by hitting nine of their first 11 three-point attempts. Coming in with a school record of 14 treys in a game, the Toros surpassed that early in the second half and finished 19 of 31 (.613) from deep.
UAA heated up from three-point range as well in the second half, finally grabbing its first lead with a 9-0 run that made it 76-74 at the 5-minute mark. Wiggs hit a pair of free throws for a 78-77 advantage with 2:15 to go, but that would be the Seawolves’ final points. Toros guard Shaquille Hunter knocked down a go-ahead three-pointer with 2 minutes remaining, and neither team would score a field goal the rest of the way.
Trailing 80-78, UAA got a defensive stop with under 10 seconds left and took the ball out of bounds with 7.8 on the clock. The Seawolves’ inbounds pass went awry, however, and Toros forward Jonathan Nichols split a pair of free throws, making the first and missing the second. UAA’s Christian Leckband grabbed the rebound and fed Wiggs, but the Idaho transfer’s desperation three-pointer from 35 feet was off to the left.
Wiggs – who was named the Jamboree’s Most Outstanding Player – did manage to extend his program-record streak by scoring at least 20 points in nine straight games to start his Seawolf career. He also grabbed six rebounds, while forward Corey Hammell had his fifth double-double already with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
Up next, the Seawolves take a short break from their regular NCAA Div. II schedule to host the 38th annual GCI Great Alaska Shootout at the Alaska Airlines Center, Nov. 25-28. UAA will face Middle Tennessee in the first round of the all-D-I tournament on Thursday, Nov. 26 at 5:30 p.m. AST, in a game televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and statewide in Alaska on GCI cable Channels 1 and 999 (HD).
For Shootout ticket information, visit GoSeawolves.com or call 907-786-1562.
2015 Seawolf Jamboree All-Tournament Team
Bangaly Kaba – UAF
Vincent Golson – CSUDH
Corey Hammell – UAA
Travante Williams – UAF
Ivan Dooley – CSUDH
Most Outstanding Player – Suki Wiggs, UAA