WWU Vikings

WWU’s last-second shot doesn’t fall in season-ending loss to Alaska

Western Washington sophomore guard Brad Wallace had a good look at the potential game-winning 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining, but it hit off the back rim as the Vikings lost 91-90 against the University of Alaska Friday, March 4, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament semifinal.

WWU trailed by as many as nine points, 85-76, late in the second half, but battled back and took a 90-89 lead on a Jeffrey Parker three-pointer with 19 seconds remaining. UAF center Almir Hadzisehovic got an offensive rebound and converted the putback with 7 seconds left to give the Nanooks a one-point lead.

Senior point guard Ricardo Maxwell led five Vikings scoring in double figures with 21 points and 8 assists. Sophomore Brett Kingma was 5 for 7 from 3-point range and scored 17 points. Also scoring in double-digits were Wallace with 14 points (11 in the second half), senior forward Kyle Impero with 15 and Parker with 11 points.

The loss ended the Vikings season with a 16-15 record.

The Bellingham Herald