UAA Men’s Basketball Shoutout wrap-up

San Jose State 91 – UAA 87

The UAA Seawolves played their hearts out Saturday against the San Jose Spartans — but fell by four points to the Californians in their final game in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout. It was the third time in this year’s tournament the Seawolves’ fate was decided by 6 points or less. Sekou “Suki” Wiggs dazzled the Alaska Airlines Center crowd once again, scoring 30 points in the contest. The former O’Dea High School standout is now the all-time scoring champion of the 38-year-old Great Alaska Shootout after posting 98 points over the course of the weekend. Not to be outdone, San Jose senior forward Frank Rogers also put up big numbers for his squad. Rogers scored 32 points in 36 minutes of action. On a night when neither team was very sharp defensively, the Spartans out rebounded the Seawolves 40-26.

UAA 71 – Drexel 65

Seawolves guard Sekou “Suki” Wiggs had another outstanding performance, scoring 33 points, and UAA ousted Drexel in the consolation semi-finals of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout Friday afternoon. After a slow start to the game, Drexel’s play picked up midway through the first half with four unanswered buckets. UAA would cling to a 40-36 halftime lead.

Wiggs heated up again in the second half, scoring timely baskets, including a three at the 8:41 mark that put UAA up for good. In addition, Seawolf Corey Hammell owned the offensive and defensive boards. The Santa Rosa junior college transfer collected a team-high 12 rebounds. Drexel could not build on the momentum that forward Rodney Williams’ rim-rocking dunk gave them approximately eight minutes into the half. Drexel looked to find guard Sammy Mojica in the offense down the stretch, after the sophomore was 5 of 8 from the field in the first half. The sophomore’s career-high 20 points was not enough to take down the Seawolves.

Middle Tennessee 75 – UAA 72

The Seawolves lost to the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders out of Murfreesboro, TN in the quarterfinal game of the GCI Great Alaska Shootout last Thursday. The Blue Raiders were led by super sixth-man Perrin Buford’s 18 points and 4 rebounds. Seawolf Sekou “Suki” Wiggs did everything he could to give the Seawolves a chance to upset the Conference-USA team, going off with 33 points. UAA had an opportunity late to tie the game late with under a minute to play, but Spencer Svejcar’s three point miss kept the game at 69-66.

Written by Nolin Ainsworth