The Grand Canyon University men's basketball team won for the sixth time in their last seven games, tonight winning in thrilling fashion with a 74-73 win over Seattle at Key Arena in Seattle, Wash.
The win improves GCU to 13-11, 8-3 in the Western Athletic Conference. Seattle falls to 12-13, 4-8 in the WAC. The Antelopes remain in third place, only 1.5 games behind first-place Utah Valley and 1.0 game behind New Mexico State.
Jerome Garrison, who finished with 18 points, made one of two free throws with 12.6 seconds left that gave GCU a 74-73 lead. The Redhawks had one final chance but Garrison blocked the driving layup by D'Vonne Pickett and Sam Daly rebounded the ball and was able to run out the clock to seal the victory.
The game was tight throughout with GCU holding no bigger than a six-point lead, with SU's being at four. The game featured 15 lead changes and saw a tie score 18 times.
The Antelopes seemed to have put the game away by grabbing a five-point lead at 71-66 with 1:47 remaining after a Daniel Alexander three and a driving layup by Daly.
Killian Larson's bucket in the lane gave the Antelopes a 73-70 lead with 34 seconds on the clock after the Redhawks had scored four in a row. Isiah Umpig's three-point play with 26.7 seconds tied the game and set the stage for Garrison.
The Antelopes were forced into 11 turnovers through the first 17 minutes, but committed only four the rest of the way out.
Grand Canyon shot well throughout and finished at 54.9% (28-for-51), including 5-12 from the three-point arc. It was their fourth 50.0% or better FG percentage of the season and first since defeating Texas-Pan American on Jan. 2 at GCU Arena. It was the second-best shooting night of the season for the Antelopes (57.7% vs. San Diego Christian).
Larson led all Antelope scorers with 20 points and added 11 rebounds. It was his 16th double-double of the season.
Alexander finished with 11 and Daly had 10.
Grand Canyon will get on a plane tomorrow and make the trek to Moscow, Idaho for an afternoon tilt on Saturday with Idaho. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. (AZ time). Faith Talk 1360 AM or www.faithtalk1360.com will carry the live radio call. You can also find the game by downloading the TuneIn App on your smartphone device. The Antelopes defeated the Vandals 86-73 on Jan. 23 in Phoenix.
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