FAIRBANKS, Ak-Saturday the UAF men's basketball hosted the Clan of Simon Fraser and it was also senior day as Zach Ngawaka and Dominique Brinson were honored for their careers before tip-off.
We go late in the game when The Clan went on a mini-run and led 61-56 with 3:37 to go. Anto Olah led the Clan with 13 points.
The Nanooks answered with winning plays. Pat Voeut got a key layup and then Brinson gets a steal and gets an intentional foul. Brinson hit both free throws and got a an easy layup off the nice inbound play giving the Nanooks a 62-61 lead with 38 seconds left. The Nanooks close out and go on to win 63-61. Pat Voeut had 14 points and four steals. Brinson added 13 points.
That's 10 conference wins for the Nanooks the most since 2005.
Sergej Pucar, who led the Nanooks with 16 points and 8 rebounds aganst Simon Fraser, was named GNAC Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks today Pucar scored 42 points in the last two wins included a career high 26 against Western Washington.
Saturday's win was about the seniors.
"This was all for them. I even said it before the game. I think that it's very important for them to win the last home game and I think that we also needed to win this for us," Pucar said.
"I don't know, I just wanted to go out with a win really. We knew that this team beat us and we wanted to get them back. We wanted to bounce back from the win and make sure that we didn't slack in our game, so I want to get to the big tournament. So hopefully we can put some wins together and come out on top," senior Dominque Brinson.
The women's team needed overtime in their game with St. Martin's.
Ruth O'Neal got a kind bounce on a 15-foot jump to shot to give Alaska a 56-55 lead with a minute to go. O' Neal had 10 big rebounds for the Nooks and seven points. Chlesea Hackey of St. Martin's gets a kind bounce as well to force overtime. Hackey had a game high 19.
In the extra session Sam Thornton scored 6 of her 10. Kelly Logue had a team high 16 and five steals and Jacqueline Lovato added 14 for UAF. The Nanooks shot 50 percent in route to a 67-65 overtime win.
"I feel like our team has been contecting better and we're just talking. We're just having more confidence in each other and I think that's what is getting this done," Logue said.
"Our confidence in shooting and our team chemistry together has really just made a really good package for us these last couple games," head coach Cody Burgess-Bench said.
That's three wins in a row. The most since 2007. Leading in those wins-Samantha Thornton, who was named GNAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for 27 point 14 rebound two game performance today. It's her first player of the week honor and the first for the team since 2006.