Junior guard Shadeed Shabazz registered his sixth 30-point game of the season Tuesday night, but the University of Alaska Fairbanks suffered a 105-86 loss to the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves in the Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus.
Shabazz scored a game-high 32 points on 14-for-24 shooting from the field, including a 2-for-6 effort from 3-point range and a 2-for-4 night at the free-throw line. The communications major from Seattle and transfer from Iowa Western College also produced game bests of eight assists and five steals.
The Nanooks, with the loss, missed holding third place in the 11-team NCAA Division II conference. Instead, UAF moved into a third-place tie with the Seawolves.
The Nanooks are 6-11 overall and 5-4 GNAC, while the Seawolves are 12-8 and 5-4, respectively.
Two other Nanooks had double-digit points Tuesday.
Freshman point guard Marcus Lee, from Ketchikan, scored 14 points in a 17-minute stint. Senior guard Spencer Sweet had 12 points and Longview, Washington native had four rebounds along with Shabazz and freshman forward/center Mawich Kachjaani, from Fangak, South Sudan.
Alex Sommerfield, a junior forward from Federal Way, Washington, led the Nanooks with seven rebounds and he contributed five points.
The Nanooks outshot their intrastate rival from the field, 53.1 % (34 for 64) to 51.7 percent (31 for 60).
The Seawolves, however, finished with a 37 to 28 advantage in rebounds, including 28 defensively to the Nanooks’ 22.
UAF went into halftime trailing 42-34 after leading twice in the first half. The Nanooks went up 21-18 with 9:37 left with a layup by Lee and were 24-23 after Shabazz sank a 3-pointer with 8:27 left.
Five players scored in double figures for UAA.
Senior guard Jack MacDonald led the hosts with 25 points, and junior forward Oggie Pantovic finished with a double-double of 24 points and a game-high 24 rebounds.
Sophomore guard Tobin Karlberg scored 19 points and senior guard Niko Bevens contributed 15 points. Tyrus Hosley, another senior guard, added 13 points.
The Nanooks are back on the road Thursday for a GNAC game at Montana State Billings at 5:30 p.m. AKST.
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