Feb. 23, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Guard John Allen (Sr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) scored 19 points, including a driving layin for the go-ahead points with 8.9 seconds left, lifting Western Washington University to a 63-57 triumph over University of Alaska Anchorage in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest at the Wells Fargo Sport Complex on the UAA campus.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings, ranked No.2 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 and No.1 in the West Region rating, improved to 25-1 overall and 16-1 in the GNAC, bouncing back from a 77-73 loss at Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday that snapped a school and conference record 30-game win streak.
UAA fell to 17-7 overall and 10-6 in conference play. Teancum Stafford led the Seawolves, who lost for just the third time in 17 home contests this season, with a game-high 23 points.
The Vikings had a 43-31 lead with 13 minutes to play, but the Seawolves used a 14-2 run to tie the score at 45-45, and neither team led by more than three points after that until WWU hit four free throws in the final five seconds after Allen had broken a 57-57 tie with his layin.
UAA had taken a 57-55 lead on a Stafford basket with 1:21 remaining, but Cameron Severson (Sr., Petersburg, AK), who finished with 13 points, made two free throws with 1:03 remaining to tie the score. Colton Lauwers then missed a 3-pointer for the Seawolves, and Rico Wilkins (Sr., Dallas, TX) tracked down the rebound in the corner with 41 seconds left, setting the stage for Allen, who drove the left-side of the lane and finished off-balance with his right hand.
The Seawolves advanced the ball to midcourt and called timeout with six seconds left, but the ensuing in-bounds pass sailed cross-court and out of bounds. Forward Paul Jones (Sr., Kent/Kent-Meridian) had 15 points for WWU, which shot 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the field.
WWU led by just four, 29-25, as time wound down in the first half. But Allen closed the period with a 3-pointer to give the Vikings a 32-25 lead at halftime, and then the second half opened with a Jones 3-pointer and an Allen layin, pushing the margin to 12, 37-25, a minute into the second half.
The Vikings host Simon Fraser for Senior Day in their final regular-season game Saturday, March 2 (1p.m.) for a GNAC counter that will be televised nationally on the CBS Sport Network on CBSSports.com.
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Vikings Extend Winning Streak With 86-74 Win at Fairbanks
Trey Drechsel (25 points) and Daulton Hommes (23 points) power WWU to 86-74 victory for ninth straight victory
Vikings Take First Place GNAC Record to Alaska
WWU continues road trip with key GNAC contests at Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage
Deandre Dickson Named to Bevo Francis Award Watch List
Senior power forward Deandre Dickson is averaging 15.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game
All-Around Week Nets Drechsel GNAC Player of the Week Honors
Drechsel earns second GNAC Player of the Week award this season after averaging 15.0 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.0 assists per game
Vikings Extend Winning Streak With 100-91 Victory at MSUB
Trey Drechsel goes 8-for-11 from the field and 9-for-9 from the free throw line in 26-point performance
Viking Men Win 7th Straight, 69-54 at Simon Fraser
Deandre Dickson records 17-point, 13-rebound double-double to help keep WWU perfect in GNAC play
First-Place Men's Hoops Hits the Road
Vikings take 6-game winning streak to Simon Fraser and MSU Billings
Strong Second Half Lifts Vikings to 77-67 Win over CWU
Trey Drechsel, Daulton Hommes and Deandre Dickson all record double-doubles to keep WWU perfect at 6-0 in GNAC play
Late Layup Lifts Vikings to 67-66 Victory Over NNU
Senior guard Brad Wallace scores game-winning layup with 13.9 seconds remaining in the game
First-Place Vikings Host NNU and CWU in GNAC Play
WWU takes four-game winning streak into key GNAC contests at Carver Gym
WWU Honored as GNAC/Red Lion Team of the Week
Vikings recognized after earning a pair of key GNAC road victories last week
Daulton Hommes Named GNAC Player of the Week
Hommes averaged 23.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game to help lead Vikings to pair of GNAC road victories
Vikings Improve to 4-0 in GNAC With 90-86 Win at SMU
Daulton Hommes lead five players in double-digits with game-high 29 points
Vikings Record Big Road Win at Seattle Pacific 86-80
Trey Drechsel leads all players with 27 points on 8-for-13 shooting