Never turn your back on a rivalry game—ever. 


The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves nearly found out the hard way but turned it around in time to claim a 76-63 win over in-state nemesis University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks at Alaska Airlines Center.


In the 100th installment of the series, UAF (7-9, 2-5) jumped out to 23-16 first half lead. But the Seawolves (11-4, 5-2) received 24 points from senior guard Spencer Svejcar and regained it’s footing in the second half. 


“We tell the guys, let our offense come from our defense,” said Svejcar, who had two of UAA’s five steals. “We’re getting steals and so the more energy we have on defense, the more shots will go in.”


The Seawolves also held statistical advantages in blocks with 8-1 and rebounds at 37-29.


With the win, UAA moves into second place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings.


They’ll travel to Montana State University Billings for their fourth game in eight days on Thursday. 


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