Seattle Pacific tops Alaska-Anchorage
Downs, Poling combine for 40 points as Falcons advance
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- David Downs and Andy Poling combined for 40 points for Seattle Pacific, which never trailed Saturday en route to an 80-67 victory against 16th-ranked Alaska-Anchorage second round of the NCAA tournament.
Downs tallied seven of his game-high 21 points on free throws inside the final 2:17. The sophomore point guard converted 10 of 12 shots from the line.
Poling was also productive from the charity stripe, hitting 13-of-16 attempts. The 6-foot-11 center scored 11 of his 19 points during the first half.
Five points from Poling sparked a nine-point run that put the Falcons ahead 13-3 with 16:11 left in the first half. They hit five of their first eight shots while forcing four turnovers in UAA's first five possessions.
The Seawolves trimmed the margin to 15-14 with their own nine-point surge, capped by a Travis Thompson layup with 12:44 on the clock.
Riley Carel turned back that rally with a 3-pointer on SPU's next possession.
Anchorage forged the game's only tie, at 25-25, on a put-back shot by Liam Gibcus with 3:34 left in the half. The Falcons answered with a hook shot from Poling and registered their next six points from the free throw line to claim a 33-30 halftime edge.
UAA's Taylor Rohde was held 15 points below his league-leading 20.3-point average with five points. The 6-foot-9 senior center was limited to only 11 minutes due to foul trouble that finally forced him to leave the game with 2:38 left to play.
Rohde drew his second foul just 2:58 into the contest and sat the remainder of the first half.
In the second half, Anchorage drew within 46-44 on a 3-pointer by Lonnie Ridgeway with 10:31 remaining. SPU scored six consecutive points on free throws to extend its lead to 52-44.
After making just three of their first 10 shots from 3-point range, the Falcons hit their next three treys to gain a commanding 63-51 advantage with 4:58 left to play. Jobi Wall made two of the 3-pointers and Riley Stockton nailed one.
Inside the final 2:38, SPU drained 10 consecutive free throws and finished hitting 15-of-17 during that game-ending span.
Stockton poured in a career-high 14 points for the Falcons, including 2-of-3 shooting on treys.
Ridgeway paced the Seawolves with 14 points and Travis Thompson added 13. Gibcus recorded his first double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.