The University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s basketball team played a closer game Saturday than it did Friday in the Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic in Anchorage.
The Nanooks, however, suffered another defeat in the two-day tournament in the Alaska Airlines Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
UAF fell 65-57 to Michigan Tech on Saturday night after leading 38-26 at halftime against the Huskies, of Houghton, Michigan, and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The loss for the 1-7 Nanooks overshadowed junior guard Shadeed Shabazz’s game highs of 20 points and five steals.
Fellow guard Koby Huerta contributed 15 points and freshman center Mawich Kachjaani had a team-high seven rebounds to go with his six points.
The Nanooks, of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, shot 32.7% from the field on 17 of 52 attempts, while the 4-2 Huskies finished at 46.2% with a 24-for-52 night.
Among the bright spots for the Nanooks was a 36-27 rebounding advantage, as all nine of the team’s players collected at least one rebound.
The Huskies had four players in double-figure scoring, led by junior center Dawson Bilski’s 16 points.
Senior forward Kyle Monroe deposited 15 points and Michigan Tech got 10 apiece from sophomore guard Owen White and junior guard Isaac Appleby.
Senior guard Tommy Lucca had a game-high nine assists to go with his six points.
The Nanooks begin Great Northwest Athletic Conference play this week on the Alaska Airlines Court at the UAF Patty Center. The Nanooks take on the Western Oregon Wolves at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and tip off against the Concordia Cavaliers, of Portland, Oregon, at 3:15 p.m. Saturday.
Contact News-Miner sports editor Danny Martin at 459-7586. Follow him on Twitter:@newsminersports.