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.