The University of Alaska Fairbanks men’s basketball team outscored Great Northwest Athletic Conference opponent Simon Fraser University by one point in each half to secure a 87-85 win on Saturday in Burnaby, British Columbia.
Alaska (10-12 overall, 9-5 GNAC) currently sits at fourth place in the conference standings.
The Clan lead 28-13 midway through the first quarter, but the Nanooks pulled the game back in reach. Shadeed Shabazz scored the go-ahead basket with 43 seconds remaining in the half.
Shabazz played all 40 minutes for the Nanooks and led the team with 37 points and six assists. He has had 30 or more points in seven of the Nanooks’ last eight games.
Spencer Sweet had 18 points for the Nanooks, followed by Alex Sommerfield with 14.
Alaska finished the night shooting 64% from the field and 65.2% from behind the arc compared to the Clan’s respective 52.4% and 47.8%
Alaska next hosts Central Washington University at 7 p.m. Thursday at the UAF Patty Center.
Women's hoops falls to Nighthawks
The University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s basketball team lost 93-72 to the GNAC’s second place team, Northwest Nazarene, on Saturday in Nampa, Idaho.
The loss sinks the Nanooks to 7-16 overall and 2-12 in conference play.
Jocelyn Gandara led Alaska with 18 points and nine rebounds. She also tied Sam Tolliver for a team-best three steals. Tolliver also recorded 17 points.
Kylie Wallace was the only other Nanook to score in the double digits, tallying 13 points.
The Nighthawks had five players finish with double figure scoring, including Haley Hanson, who finished with 15 points off the bench.
The Nighthawks led 29-14 after the first quarter and by 47-31 at halftime.
The Nanooks next play University of Alaska Anchorage at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Anchorage.
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