The UAA men’s basketball team lost an overtime thriller Saturday in Bellingham, Washington, falling to Western Washington 85-81 despite 33 points from junior forward Oggie Pantovic.
It was the third straight conference loss for the Seawolves, who dropped to 14-11 overall and 7-7 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They have six games left in the regular season, including home games Thursday and Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
The Seawolves had a chance to win in regulation, but Tyrus Hosley missed a jumper with time running out.
With the game tied 71-71, the Vikings grabbed a 77-71 lead early in overtime with 3-pointers from D’Angelo Minnis and Siann Rojas.
WWU (14-8 overall, 9-5 GNAC) continued to lead by six until Hosley drained a 3-pointer to bring UAA within 81-78 with 54 seconds left.
Hosley hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining to make it 81-80, but the Minnes went 4-of-4 from the foul line in the final seven seconds to keep the Seawolves at bay.
“Our guys fought tremendously hard and put us in a great position to win in an extremely difficult road environment, but the bounces didn’t go our way in the end,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a release from the school. “This is a tough loss, but I know our team is resilient enough to shake this off an get refocused for a pair of big home games next week.”
Pantovic, a player from Serbia who didn’t play in Thursday’s loss to Simon Fraser because of visa issues at the Canadian border, racked up 33 points on 12 of 29 shooting from the field and 7 of 9 free throw shooting. He added 12 rebounds and was joined in double figures by Tobin Karlberg (20 points, 7 rebounds) and Niko Bevens (11 points).
Minnis finished with 22 points for the Vikings, and Logan Schilder had a huge game with 17 points, 15 rebounds, eight blocks and four assist.