Western Kentucky defeats Alaska-Anchorage 71-67
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP)—Courtney Lee poured in 28 points Friday as Western Kentucky held off Alaska-Anchorage 71-67 in the consolation round of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout.
The Seawolves took a brief lead early in the second half behind McCade Olsen’s six points. But a combination of Alaska-Anchorage turnovers, missed free throws and four 3-pointers by the Hilltoppers (4-1) fueled a 13-3 run to put Western Kentucky up 50-39.
The Seawolves, the 16th-ranked Division II team, refused to fold, trimming an 11-point lead to 67-65 with 15.3 seconds left on a bank shot by Carl Arts. But Lee drained two free throws with 12.6 seconds to go to provide the final margin of victory.
Alaska-Anchorage (2-2) had no answer for Lee, who scored on a variety of slashing drives and pull-up jumpers, scoring 19 points in the first half on 9-for-12 shooting.
Western Kentucky led by as many as six early in the game before some improbable shots by Arts and strong inside play by Jeremiah Truman and Olsen put the Seawolves up by seven midway through the first half. Lee then scored 12 of the Hilltoppers’ next 21 points to give Western Kentucky a 34-29 lead at intermission.
A.J. Slaughter scored 14 for Western Kentucky.
Arts had 20 points and nine rebounds while Olsen chipped in 17 for Alaska-Anchorage.
Western Kentucky plays Michigan on Saturday for fourth place while Alaska-Anchorage takes on Eastern Washington for seventh.