League-leading Seattle Pacific holds off UAA men’s basketball team

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Five of Seattle Pacific’s eight players scored in double figures Saturday night to boost the league-leading Falcons to a 79-73 win over the UAA men’s basketball team.

The loss at the Alaska Airlines Center ended a three-game winning streak for the Seawolves, who are among three teams tied for fourth place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAA is 14-9 overall and 7-5 in the GNAC, where it shares fourth place with UAF and Western Oregon.

Seattle Pacific, which suffered its first conference loss Thursday in Fairbanks, improved to 11-1 in the GNAC (15-5 overall) behind 19 points from Shaw Anderson, who buried 7 of 8 shots from the field.

The Seawolves limited their turnovers to seven while getting seven steals, but the Falcons outshot them 56% to 36.9% and outrebounded them 33-28.

UAA junior center Oggie Pantovic posted his fourth double-double of the season with 21 points and 12 rebounds, getting his points on 6-of-11 shooting from the field and 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line.

Tobin Karlberg and Tyrus Hosley each scored 17 points while accounting for nine of UAA’s 13 3-pointers. Karlberg, who also furnished three assists and three steals, hit 6 of 10 shots from the field, including 4 of 7 from behind the arc, and Hosley was 6 of 14, including 5 of 11 from long range.

“I loved our effort and we took very good care of the ball tonight, but we didn’t defend well enough in the first half and just couldn’t get enough shots to go down in the end,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from the school.

SPU shot 64% in the first half to grab a 48-40 halftime lead. UAA battled back to take a 56-55 lead midway through the second half, and the game was tied 61-61 with nine minutes left before the Falcons took the lead for good on an Anderson bucket with 8.5 minutes remaining.

The Falcons put the game away by going 6 of 6 from the foul line in the final 94 seconds.

UAA has eight games left and is on the road for five of them, beginning Thursday with a game against Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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