FAIRBANKS, Ak-Many tried and many have failed but your Alaska Nanooks beat the number two team in the nation the Western Washington Vikings and brought their 30 game winning streak to an end.
Here's what took place last night.
It was a great start and first half for the Nanooks with Sergej Pucar going for 12 in the first stanza. The Nanooks led by as much as 14 over the Vikings as they hit seven of 12 three pointers in the first half.
The Vikings showed why they were the best team in the GNAC with rally in the second half led by John Allen's game high 33. Allen scored 26 in the second half. The Vikings would come all the way back and would lead but it was tit for tat.
Ronnie Baker scored 18 for the Nanooks and the two teams went back and forth making plays with a number of lead changes and ties. But Dominque Brinson's three broke a 65 tie with two minutes left. Brinson had 13 and was 3-3 from deep. The Vikings answered quickly with Paul Jones cutting it to one. Jones was the only other player for the Vikings who scored in double digits. He finished with 11 points. UAF's Andrew Kelly makes a tough layup to make it 70-67 and hit some clutch free throws as did Pucar who had 26 points to the lead the Nanooks. UAF was 18-22 from the free throw line and The Vikings were 18-20.
Pat Voeut would seal it fittingly at the charity stripe splitting his last two free throws giving the Nanooks the final margin with 3.7 seconds to go.
The Nanooks win 77-73 punching their ticket to the GNAC Championship Tournament which is UAF's first postseason appearance since 2005.
It's the first win over a nationally ranked opponent since March of 2010 and this was the Vikings' first loss since March 2012.
This win is arguably the biggest win in GNAC history for the Nanooks.