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Buffalo Bulls at Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves: Bulls survive scare from D-II foe

The arctic almost got to the Bulls.

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After traveling over 3,000 miles, the Buffalo Bulls did look a bit jet lagged in their battle with Division II’s Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves.

However, the Bulls managed to hold off D-II’s 14th highest ranked squad, defeating Alaska-Anchorage 85-79 early Thursday morning.

Blake Hamilton carried Buffalo past the finish line, scoring 32 points and nabbing seven rebounds to help Buffalo avoid disaster.

A look at the stat sheet shows that the Bulls dominated the Seawolves in many categories, but nonetheless, Buffalo was never able to put the game on ice.

The Bulls shot a remarkable 50% from the field, and 85% on their free throws. They even out-rebounded Alaska-Anchorage 40-29.

However, a balanced scoring attack and some good fortune kept the Seawolves in the game. Four Alaska-Anchorage players reached into double figures, and they managed four fewer turnovers than Buffalo.

The victory means that the Bulls move on in the CGI Great Alaska Shootout, and will play the winner of Nevada and Oakland, which tips off at 1:50 EST this morning. The winning squad and Buffalo will meet on Friday in Anchorage.

Buffalo moves to 2-1, while Alaska-Anchorage drops to 4-3 on the season.