Nanook Basketball teams fall in home conference contests

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Both Alaska Nanook basketball teams were in action at the Patty Center on Saturday against GNAC opponents.
It started with the women's game, where the Nooks fell to the Simon Fraser Clan by a score of 59-46.
This one started off promising for the Nanooks, who were only outscored by one point in the first quarter and then outscored their Canadian foes 17-13 in the second.
That third quarter is where Simon Fraser asserted themselves, outscoring the Nooks 11-3.
Despite it being a three point game with only six minutes left, the Clan was able to pull away for good in the fourth quarter.
Sophie Swant led the Clan in scoring with 18 points while the Nooks were led by a 16 point night from Marian Wamsley.
The Nooks will be in action again tonight down in Anchorage against the UAA Seawolves and will host the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets on Saturday.
They are still looking for their first conference win of the season, sitting at 3-7 overall and 0-4 against Conference opponents.
The Nanook Men also suffered a home loss, theirs to the Western Oregon Wolves.
Western won this one 97-80.
The Wolves jumped out to a commanding 20-5 lead, and never looked back from there.
The Nanooks did manage to outscore their GNAC foes 44-43 in the second half, but the 54-36 deficit at halftime was just too much to overcome.
Riley Hawken was the leading scorer for the Wolves with 23 points while the Nanooks were led by Spencer Sweet and his 20 points.
Michael Kluting was right behind him, finishing with 18 points.
Kluting also led the team in rebounds with 7 while Jaqua Morrow was the assist leader, finishing with 3.
The Nanook Men will now be off until Thursday when they head down to the Pacific Northwest to play the Seattle Pacific Falcons.
They will also play the Saint Martin's Saints in Lacey Washington on Saturday.
They currently sit at 4-7 overall and 1-3 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play/