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College Hoops: UAF and UAA combine to go 3-0 against D2 teams on Sunday to show what’s good on the hardwood

Fairbanks native Tyriq Luke helped the Nanooks advance in the Big Island Holiday Classic. Photo by Miles Jordan

Sunday was an epic day for college basketball teams from Alaska as the UAF men won in overtime, the UAA men rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit to win and the UAA women stifled Stanislaus State by double figures.

All the wins came against Division II competition and none of the games took place at home as both men’s teams are on different Hawaiian Islands and the women are in California, making the results even more impressive.

In Hilo, the Nanooks beat the Vulcans 64-61 in overtime in the first round of the two-day Big Island Holiday Classic to snap a three-game losing streak to Hilo dating back to 2008.

The Nanooks (3-6) advanced to Monday’s title game against San Francisco State, which beat Concordia Nebraska 74-73 in the other first-round game.

Abdullahi Mohamed’s free throw with 7 seconds left in regulation forced overtime against Hilo, the first-place team out of the PacWest.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Big Island Holiday Classic
Sunday

UAF 64, Hawaii Hilo 61 OT
Monday
UAF vs. San Francisco State, 5pm
 
Hoops in Hawaii Classic
Sunday

UAA 51, Texas-Tyler 49
Monday
UAA vs. No. 9 San Bernardino, 4:30pm
Tuesday
UAA vs. Hawaii Pacific, 7pm
 

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

GNAC/CCAA Challenge
Sunday

UAA 60, Stanislaus State, 46
Monday
UAA vs. San Francisco, 12pm
 
Bye Week
UAF

Jaycson Bereal Jr. led the way for the Nanooks with 14 points while locals Tyriq Luke of Fairbanks and Demarcus Hall-Scriven of Anchorage each scored 12 points.

Luke (West Valley) made 5-of-9 shots and Hall-Scriven (ACS) sank 3-of-4 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws.

Hall-Scriven assisted on Bereal’s 3-pointer to get the party started 45 seconds into overtime to give UAF a 56-55 lead. Luke’s 3-pointer with 1:54 left gave the Nanooks a 61-59 advantage.

The game was tied 61-61 when UAF’s Paul Johnson buried a corner 3-pointer for the go-ahead, game-winning bucket.

In Honolulu, UAA rallied from a 14-point second-half deficit and used a late-game defensive stand to key a 51-49 victory over Texas Tyler in the first round of the three-day Hoops in Hawaii Classic.

Tyson Gilbert’s four-point play keyed the comeback as his 3-pointer and free throw pushed the Seawolves ahead 49-47 with 2:45 remaining. It was the team’s first lead since 13-11.

Anchorage native Jaron Williams scored eight of his nine points in the second half, including two free throws with 1:53 left for a 51-47 lead. That proved to be the difference for UAA (9-2).

The Seawolves held Texas Tyler to five points over the final 5:07, including zero in the last 102 seconds.

Sloan Lentfer

Last year’s Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year Sloan Lentfer of Anchorage added a season-high nine points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The 6-foot-7 freshman out of Grace Christian contributed six points and two rebounds in a five-minute span to help the Seawolves kick it into gear.

Lentfer’s layup off an assist from Gilbert pulled UAA within 39-36 at the 11:44 mark.

Williams (East) pumped in six straight points, including two free throws that pulled the Seawolves within 47-45 with 4:28 left.

Gilbert and Dillon Barrientos led UAA with 11 points and Sawyer Storms pulled down nine rebounds. Local Hasaan Herrington (East) grabbed a season-high five rebounds.

The Texas Tyler team is coached by former UAA women’s bench boss Tim Moser.

Elaina Mack

In Turlock, Calif., UAA guards Jazzpher Evans and Senya Rabouin pumped in 13 points apiece and Elaina Mack of King Cove chipped in nine points as the Seawolf women steamrolled Stanislaus State 60-46 in the GNAC/CCAA Challenge.

UAA’s deft defense forced 21 turnovers and held the Warriors to a season-low .296 FG% on 16-of-54 shooting.

The Seawolves (5-5) ended the second quarter on an 11-4 run to take control 25-21 at the half.

In the third quarter, the Seawolves did much of their scoring from downtown as Kya Pearson, Rabouin, Evans and Mack each knocked down 3-pointers as the lead swelled to 41-35.

Evans’ 3-pointer was not your standard long-range bomb as she threw one up from half court to beat the shot clock.

Like the SportsCenter song goes: DaDaDa, DaDaDa.

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