Michigan Tech came up with a steal and a block in the final 21 seconds Friday to rally past the UAA men’s basketball team 83-80 at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The defensive plays led to four points in the final 12 seconds to carry Tech past the Seawolves, who led by 11 points with 10 minutes left in the game and by four points in the final minute.
Michigan Tech’s Kyle Monroe pumped in 26 points and made a pivotal steal with 21 seconds left and his team trailing by one point. The Huskies cashed in with an Owen White bucket to take an 81-80 lead with 12 seconds left.
The Seawolves took a timeout but missed two shots with time running out. White, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, blocked the second shot, drew a foul and sank both free throws with one second left to send UAA to its second loss of the season.
Both teams shot well -- Michigan Tech hit 53.7 percent of its shots and UAA hit 51.7, including 14 of 26 from 3-point range.
The Seawolves led 67-56 on Niko Bevens’ 3-pointer with about 10 minutes left, but Michigan Tech roared back to take a 76-75 lead on a Monroe layup with 4:31 remaining.
UAA went on a 5-0 run to lead 80-76 going into the game’s final minute, a surge powered by consecutive layups from junior Oggie Pantovic.
Then the Huskies came alive to pour in seven points in the final 44 seconds, beginning with a Tommy Lucca 3-pointer that sliced UAA’s lead to 80-79. Monroe got his steal 23 seconds later.
“That was a high-level game, with some big-time plays from both teams,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from the school. “We put ourselves in good position to win, but couldn’t come up with the stops we needed at the end. Hopefully this can be a learning experience for our guys and we can regroup for another tough game tomorrow.”
Pantovic led the Seawolves with nine rebounds and 16 points on 8 of 11 shooting. Bevens hit 4 of 5 triples for 12 points, and Amari Hale and Tyrus Hosley each scored 11 points.
Lucca drained all four of his 3-point attempts en route to 16 points, and Monroe and White were both 6 of 6 from the free throw line, where the Huskies outscored UAA 16-6.
The game was part of the two-day Seawolf Thanksgiving Classic. In Friday’s first game, Northern Michigan blew past UAF 95-45.
On Saturday, Michigan Tech (3-2) will play UAF (1-6) at 5 p.m. At 7:30 p.m., UAA (5-2) will take on Northern Michigan (3-2).