FAIRBANKS-In the Patty Center Thursday night the Nanook men's basketball team continued to protect home court.
The Yellowjackets of Montana State Billings were in it early as they led 5-4 but the Nooks went on a 17-4 run. Andrew Kelly was scored a few points in that run. Kelly did his usual, 16 points on 7-9 shooting with three steals, three blocks and four assists.
Joe Slocum, who had 11 points, for UAF had a nice behind the back feed to Tica in transition for and And-1 play as well. UAF was up 45-33 at the half.
Ronnie Baker had 15points for the Nooks with three triples. UAF went 12-18 from downtown-a season high.
But the Yellowjackets said hold the phone. Austin Hudson went off for 24 points and 22 rebounds which was just two rebounds shy of the GNAC single game record. MSUB got within 69-65 with about six minutes left, plenty of time but UAF answered with quick 5-0 mini run.
Tica led all Nanook starters in double figures with a season high 21 points. Every player for UAF scored in what would turn out to be a 88-74 win.
Next-GNAC leader, no. 19 Seattle Pacific on Saturday at 7 pm.
The women's team couldn't get back to back wins after Western Oregon outscores the Nooks 33-17 in the second half for a 62-51 win. Western Oregon got the season sweep even though the Nanooks were up by five at halftime.
Dana Goularte had 17 of her game high 25 points for the Wolves in the second half. Jordan Wilson scored 17 points on 7-9 shooting to lead UAF. The Nooks visit St. Martin's tomorrow.