FAIRBANKS-Earlier on Friday night Fresno Pacific won another close game-a 67-64 win over the University of Mary. They closed out on defense with a block and steal on the Marauders last two possesions as they trailed by three points with 13.4 seconds to go.
The Nanooks were coming off a blowut 84-57 over the University Marauders on Thursday and faced Emporia State last night. The Hornets lost to Fresno Pacific by two in their first game.
Micah Swank hit his first shot of the game it was a three pointer. Swank finished with 11 points and three steals for the Hornets. UAF's Stefan Tica provided the first half spark to answer Swank's shot. Tica had 11 points all in the first half. He hit his first three shots. It was needed as both teams went on runs in the first half.
The Nanooks led 16-9 but the Hornets chipped away and gained a 21-18 lead after the under eight media timeout. Paul Bunch led the Hornets with 13 points and five rebounds and had a nice dunk during the surge. UAF responded with a run of their own and led 31-28 at the half.
The Nooks were powered by Ronnie Baker and Andrew Kelly. Baker finished with a game high 17 points and seven rebounds. Kelly had 16 points on 7-8 shooting. The Nanooks shot 49% for the game went 8-23 from distance.The defense forced 17 turnovers and held Emporia State to 35% shooting and only shot 3-21 from long range.
All that amounted to a 67-58 win over the Hornets. The Nanooks have won two games and will face Fresno Pacific tonight at 7 p.m. for the GCI Alaska Invitational tournament title.