Wyatt Earp was nowhere to be found at the Sports Center on Nov. 6, but a couple of gunslingers did show up. Senior guard Cody Gallatin and former Seawolf Jon “Beaver” Madison matched each other three for three throughout the game and turned the game into a shootout.
Madison ended with a game-high 43 points to Gallatin’s 30 but the University of Alaska Anchorage men squeaked out a 136-128 double-overtime win against the pesky Akron Wingfoots. The shorthanded Wingfoots picked up four UAA alums including Madison to round out its roster.
Gallatin sparked the Seawolves early when he entered the game eight minutes in. In span of seven minutes, the senior nailed five of six three-pointers from all over the floor. The last three-pointer he hit staked UAA to a 42-29 lead with 4:41 remaining in the first half.
“I just waited for my opportunity and hit open shots,” said Gallatin, who drilled eight of 13 shots from beyond the arc and also had six assists.
“I just wanted to have fun out there and show them that I can still play a little,” said the 24-year-old Madison, who finished nine of 13 from three-point territory.
Gallatin’s performance was not the only bright spot for UAA. Junior forward Josh Evans had 11 points and 13 rebounds to go with a game-high four blocks.
The Seawolves again got a good game from Peter Bullock. The junior forward had 25 points before fouling out late in the second half. He was one of four Seawolves to foul out.
The Seawolves could have rolled over but instead showed resiliency and refused to lose.
Freshman Adam Fitt-Chappell, who finished with 16 points and six assists, impressed the coaches and players with his maturity on the court, especially late in the game.
“Adam played very smart down the stretch,” head coach Charlie Bruns said.
While defense may have seemed like a bad word for the Seawolves, it could have been their own mistakes that almost did them in.
“We almost shot ourselves in the foot,” Bruns said, highlighting a string of self-forced errors.
The Seawolves have 10 days to work out the kinks in their game before they return to action in the AT&T Alascom Jamboree. But despite the sloppy play, Bruns saw the positive.
“It’s still early in the season and we’ve got time to work on it,” Bruns said.
Along with transfer Geoffrey Agmata, junior Nate Glover will redshirt this year. The coaching staff and Glover decided before the game that it would benefit the Dimond grad, considering the log jam the Seawolves have on the wing this season…Madison was joined by fellow UAA alums Chris Hamey, Garrett Abbott and Bryan Anderson on the Wingfoots roster…Madison’s nine threes and 43 points would have tied Seawolf single-game records had he still been in a UAA uniform. Mark Drake holds the three-point mark, while UAA Hall of Fame member Jessie Jackson set the scoring record.