BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA-You would think the Nanooks would have an emotional hangover after narrowly losing to no.19 Western Washington 53-50 on Thursday. They found themselves in a dog fight with Simon Fraser who ultimately won 70-60.
It was a tight game throughout. There eight ties and 12 lead changes in this one. The Nanooks came back from five and six point deficits in the first half but led 31-30 at the break. They shot 54 percent in the first half.
The Clan (9-10, 2-9 GNAC), however, decided that was a nice number and traded shooting percentages with the Nooks in the second half. The Clan shot 56 percent in the second half and held UAF to 47 percent which was what Simon Fraser shot in the first half.
Simon Fraser got separation with a 14-6 in the second half. The Nanooks got within six a number of times but the Clan put it in another gear closing out the game in the last five minutes with a 12-3 run to put this game away.
Singo Niago led all players with 15 points. Ibrahim Appiah added a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds which was a game high. UAF's Andrew Kelly shot the ball well finishing with 14 points on 6-7 shooting. Joe Slocum added 13 points and three steals.
The Nanooks return to the Patty Center this week to host Montana State-Billings on Thursday and no. 20 Seattle Pacific on Saturday. Seattle Pacific is tied for first place while the Nanooks (12-7, 7-4 GNAC) are now fourth.