UAF Sports Briefs – Feb. 2, 2010

Reba Lean / Sun Star Reporter
Feb. 2, 2010

Men’s Basketball

Although things were looking up last week as the Nanooks took their first GNAC win at home against the Saints, the Alaska men could not keep their head up on the road. In Idaho, up against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders, an early run in the first half left the Nanooks choking on dust.

The half started well, and the Nooks were up by one with 8:42 left on the clock. Apparently, the Crusaders were offended by the lead, and galloped ahead, making a scoring run of 22-9 in the final minutes of the first half. The score was 46-33 at the half, but the Alaska team led by 2 in rebounds. In the second half, the Nanooks caught up within nine points, and then watched the Crusader’s lead get carried away to 21 points.

The Nooks racked up their fifth in-conference game loss 86-70. Seniors Emmanuel Jenkins and Jon Moe and junior Nashorn Maynard all contributed double digits to the team’s score with 17,15 and 15 respectively.

In Seattle the next night, the Nooks faced off with the Seattle Pacific Falcons and about 1,500 fans. The Nanooks seemed shut out early in the game, 19 points behind at one point, but pulled it together enough to go into the half trailing by 10. In the second half, the Alaska men pulled up short, eight points behind at the closest score. The Falcons flew off with the lead, winning 88-68. Maynard led the Nooks’ scoreboard with 19 points, and Jenkins followed with 16.

Wednesday they take on the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets for the second time this season.

Ice Hockey

The Nanooks took their sticks to Michigan this past week, looking for a Wildcat beating. What they found was less than their hopes. On Friday, the team tied Northern Michigan for the third time this season, but the Wildcats pulled out of the rut on Saturday with a win.

Friday night, the Wildcats made their two points early on in the first and second periods. Junior Dustin Sather answered shortly afterward with assistance from Carlo Finucci and Bryant Molle. In the third period, sophomore Aaron Gens put it in to tie the score, 2-2. The overtime offered no points to either side, and was followed by a 2-0 Wildcat win in the shootout.

On Saturday, Northern Michigan made three quick points in the first period, with no answer from the Nooks. It wasn’t until the second period that sophomore Ron Meyers’ goal gave the Nanooks the slight lift they wanted. With only seconds left in the game, senior Dion Knelsen made his 100th point to up the score to 3-2, where it ended.

The Nanooks will be back home Feb. 5 and 6 to face the Michigan State Spartans at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 6:05 Saturday.

Women’s Basketball

Senior Ronisha Edwards’ career-high 29 points was not enough for the Nanook women to pull out of their slump Thursday night. Up against the Northwest Nazarene Crusaders, the Nooks were taken on a ride as the Crusaders scored 37 points to Alaska’s two in the first half. In the second half, the Crusaders pulled farther ahead on a 20-6 run. The game ended 91-56, the 16th loss of the season for the Nooks.

Saturday in Seattle against the Falcons, the Nanooks had an extreme shooting drought. Behind 14-37 at halftime, the Nooks finished up losing 44-86. Again, Edwards led the Nooks’ scoreboard with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Jessica Harrison was the second contributor with eight points.

The Nanooks return to Fairbanks to host rivals Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.

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