FAIRBANKS, Alaska - On Saturday afternoon the UAF Patty Center saw something they hadn't seen in nearly five years.
The Alaska Nanooks were victorious over the UAA Seawolves, defeating their in-state rivals 68-67.
The Nanooks were down by five with only twenty seconds left in the game.
The Nooks secured two points thanks to a layup from Alex Martin.
Alex Baham then hit a pair of free throws to make it a one point game but UAA extended their lead with free throws of their own.
With 5 seconds left, Aushanti Potts-Woods hit one free throw and missed another to cut the lead to two.
With only .3 seconds left on the clock, Spencer Sweet was fouled on a three-point shot and then made all three free-throws to steal the victory.
Sweet's late-game heroics gave the Nanooks their first win over UAA since February 27th, 2014.
Potts-Woods led the Nanooks in points with 17 points while Michael Kluting earned 14.
The win brought the Nooks up to 4-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
They will now be on a break until January 3rd when they host Concordia in a GNAC contest.
We talked to Sweet about how it felt taking three shots with the game on the line.
"Not too much actually," started Spencer Sweet; "I've been in that situation before. I shoot a lot of free throws anyway, so I mean I just kind of zone everything out, and just go back to my being in the gym alone hitting free throws, it's just a free throw to me."
"I know there's been a drought for Fairbanks vs Anchorage," said Greg Sparling. "I couldn't be more proud of these guys. I thought they all stepped up in their own individual ways. I thought the guys in practice pushed us. They ran Anchorage's stuff really well. But, once again, I can't be more proud of these guys."
"It feels good," began Aushanti Potts-Woods; "specially knowing that Anchorage has been putting a beating on UAF. Like I said, we're here to change the culture and turn things around. And build this fan base."