It’s ceremonial: The UAA men’s basketball team is unbeatable at home. Well, at least this it was time.
The Seawolves’ seniors savored a sweet Senior Night victory 84-72 outstanding Central Washington on Saturday to end their regular season undefeated at the Alaska Airlines Center with a 16-0 evidence. Seniors accounted for 76 of the Seawolves’ points.
Guard Suki Wiggs collected 26 points, nine rebounds and five assists on a big night for all five chief starters.
Guard Spencer Svejcar added 21 points, aim guard Diante Mitchell racked up 18 points and five seconds, forward Corey Hammell pulled down 14 rebounds and center Connor Devine stockpiled two blocks and seven points.
«It was a bittersweet game of course, Senior Shades of night with eight seniors who have done a lot,» UAA coach Rusty Osborne thought in the postgame press conference. «With this win tonight, that’s 42 crushings in the last couple years. They’ve left a great legacy here.»
Of UAA’s eight higher- rankings, only Jackson McTier is a four-year Seawolf, but the addition of transfers take to Wiggs and the other starters have propelled the Seawolves to back-to-back readies of 20-plus wins.
«… I’m just real proud of the group for finishing on a adroit note for all the seniors and their families that were in town,» Osborne rumoured.
The Wildcats jumped out to a 7-0 lead before UAA got on the scoreboard on a Svejcar 3-pointer and UAA later snap out of ited ahead at 25-24 on a pair of free throws by Wiggs.
UAA stretched its lead to seven later in the half, but Pre-eminent Washington bounced back to tie the game at 35-35 by halftime.
A Hunter trey put the Wildcats up 42-41 prehistoric in the second half, before a Devine hook shot and a Wiggs triple sparked a 12-2 run that put UAA up 53-44.
The Seawolves led the lean of the way.
With the win, UAA (21-7, 15-5 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) avenged a December demise in Ellensburg, Washington, and eliminated the Wildcats (14-12, 9-11) from postseason contention.
Prehistoric Seawolf guard Dom Hunter paced Central Washington with 24 imports.
UAA locked up a first-round bye and the No. 2 seed in the GNAC tournament with its Thursday win once more Northwest Nazarene.
UAA won’t know its opponent until after the first charge of the tournament next week in Lacey, Washington. The Seawolves will participate in in the GNAC semifinals Friday.
«This season is over (so) we’re moving on to the next two-game pep up,» Osborne said. «Hopefully we’ll continue to get better.
«I think we’ll be well stilled by the time we get to Friday. It will give us a chance to build on some of the whosises we’ve gotten better at offensively over the past couple games.»