Seawolves men's basketball falls to Seattle Pacific

AJ Garrity sets up a play for the Seawolves. Skip Hickey photo.

After 40 minutes of various ties and lead changes, the Seawolves fell short of conquering the Seattle Pacific Falcons on Dec. 3 at the Alaska Airlines Center. The visitors secured a 90-87 victory over UAA. 

The Falcons entered halftime with a 50-44 point advantage, but the Seawolves returned to the court with intensity and fought their way back into the game. With 13 minutes left till the final buzzer, Evan Hoosier scored a jumper to tie the game 61-61. 

 SPU didn't accept defeat, though. Shaw Anderson drilled eight points for the Falcons and led his team to a 17-3 surge over the Seawolves. 

AJ Garrity fought to keep UAA in the game, scoring six points over the next few minutes. With three minutes until the buzzer, Wyche fed Sawyer Storms for a layup to get the Seawolves within four points. 

Wyche scored a jumper 90 seconds later, but the Falcons responded with a putback layup to stay in the lead. UAA trailed 88-86 with 36 seconds on the clock.

Tyson Gilbert deflected a pass by SPU to set up the Seawolves with a chance to tie or take the lead. Wyche drove in the paint and was fouled on a layup, but he missed the first of the two free throws.

The Seawolves quickly fouled the Falcons with 5 seconds left in the game, but the visitors were able to drill both foul shots. In need of a three-pointer to tie the game, Wyche fired a long shot but was unable to connect. SPU won the game 90-87. 

Da'Zhone Wyche led the team with 27 points and eight assists. Garrity racked in 16 points for the Seawolves on perfect shooting. Storms finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jaedon Bradley had nine points and four rebounds, and Gilbert had eight points for UAA. 

The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center on Dec. 28 and 29 to play Portland Bible at 7 p.m. both nights.