Steamboat Springs Former Steamboat Springs High School basketball player Cameron Burney played 15 minutes and grabbed four rebounds in helping his University of Alaska-Anchorage team beat California, Pa., 55-52, Wednesday, sending the Seawolves to the Division II Final Four.
Alaska-Anchorage now plays Augusta State at 4 p.m. today at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Mass. Augusta State, the No. 2 seed from the South, beat Central Oklahoma, 106-104, in double overtime to advance to today's Final Four.
Burney, a 2005 graduate, started 32 of 33 games this year, averaging 5.6 points and more than four rebounds a game.
The Seawolves and Vulcans battled for most of the first half, with Alaska-Anchorage taking a slim 25-23 lead into halftime.
In the second half, California looked like it might run away with the game, taking a 44-37 lead with 9 minutes, 23 seconds remaining. But Alaska-Anchorage tied the game at 44 and again at 50 before a McCade Olsen jumper with 27 seconds remaining gave the Seawolves the lead for good, at 52-50.
In the game, the Seawolves shot 17 free throws to the Vulcans' four. Alaska-Anchorage made 14 of 17 from the line, including 11 of 13 in the second half.
Carl Arts led the Seawolves with 17 points. Luke Cooper chipped in 12, and Chris Bryant had 11.
Today's game can be heard via live audio at www.goseawolves.com, or be viewed live by visiting www.ncaa.com. Game updates and live statistics also are available at www.aicyellowjackets.com/EliteEight/2008/main.
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