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Concordia halts UAA's 8-game winning streak in men's basketball

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: February 16, 2017
  • Published February 16, 2017

Up by five points with 68 seconds left in regulation, the UAA men's basketball team saw victory slip away in overtime Thursday night in Portland.

The Concordia Cavaliers tied the game with a last-second 3-pointer and then prevailed in a back-and-forth overtime to claim a 68-67 Great Northwest Athletic Conference win.

The setback ended the Seawolve' eight-game winning streak, knocked them out of a first-place tie in the conference and may impact their post-season hopes.

With three regular-season games remaining, the Seawolves (19-6 overall, 13-4 GNAC) are ranked ninth in the West Region and need to either move into the top eight or win next month's GNAC tournament to make the Division II playoffs.

Suki Wiggs led UAA with a game-high 19 points and 11 rebounds but missed a contested 3-point attempt that bounced off the rim at the end of overtime.

The five-minute overtime featured seven lead changes and three ties, and no one led by more than two points at any point.

Davis Nuaimi and Latrell Wilson were the heroes for Concordia (11-13, 7-10 GNAC).

Wilson's 3-pointer forced overtime with two seconds left in regulation, and Nuaimi's scored the game-winner with 22 seconds left in the extra period.

Wilson finished with 14 points for Concordia, as did Drew Martin, who added a team-high nine rebounds.

For UAA, Diante Mitchell scored 14 points, including a pair of clutch free throws that gave UAA a 59-56 lead with eight seconds left in regulation. Corey Hammell and Spencer Svejcar each added 12 points.

UAA led 57-52 on Hammell's free throws at the 1:08 mark, but Concordia outscored the Seawolves 7-2 after that. The Cavs got a traditional three-point play from Christopher Edwards and a free thriow fro Martin – plays that sandwiched a miss by Wiggs – to trim UAA's lead to 57-56 with 13 seconds left.

The game was taut from start to finish. The teams traded the lead 24 times, were tied 13 times, and neither led by more than six points.

UAA will try to get back on track Saturday when it plays third-place Western Oregon.

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