Guard Brian McGill scored the winning basket on a driving bank shot with 6.5 seconds remaining as University of Alaska Anchorage edged Western Washington University, 62-60, on Saturday, Jan. 3, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at the new Alaska Airlines Center on the UAA campus.
A shot from five feet at the buzzer by forward Anye Turner would not fall as the Vikings fell to 7-6 overall and 0-3 in GNAC action with their sixth loss in seven road games this season.
Forward Joey Schreiber led WWU with 18 points. Kyle Impero had 11 and Jeffrey Parker 10.
UAA improved to 7-7 overall and 3-1 in GNAC play with its fourth straight win following a 3-7 start. McGill finished with a game-high 20 points for the Seawolves, who also got 16 off the bench from Christian Leckband and 11 by Travis Thompson.
Never miss a local story.
UAA turned the ball over with 42 seconds left and a missed 3-pointer by Impero five seconds later set up McGill’s winning basket.
WWU led by as many as 11 points, 26-15, with 5:43 left in the first half and was ahead by three, 31-28, at halftime. Impero had nine of his points in the first period.
Turner finished with seven points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots, and Harris Javier had a game-high eight assists for the Vikings.
WWU was without their two starting guards. Jaamon Echols, who has averaged 23.8 points over the last five games, could not play because of a sprained ankle; and Ricardo Maxwell missed his second straight contest with a knee bruise.
WWU returns home to face Montana State Billings on Jan. 8 (7 p.m.) and Seattle Pacific on Jan. 10 (9 p.m.) in a pair of GNAC contests at Carver Gym. The Vikings’ game with SPU will be telecast live on ROOT Sports.