Hamilton scores 36 in opener of Great Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Blake Hamilton scored 29 of his 36 points in the second half, Nick Perkins had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Buffalo beat Alaska Anchorage 85-79 on Wednesday night in the opener of the Great Alaska Shootout.

Perkins missed the second of two free throws with 1:07 left but he grabbed the rebound. After a timeout, Buffalo turned it over and Augustus Simmers made two free throws to pull to 76-73.

Hamilton went 1 of 2 at the line with 43.2 seconds left, Alaska turned it over and Hamilton made two more free throws for a five-point lead.

Willie Conner added 12 points for Buffalo (3-1), which played its first game in the state of Alaska. The Bulls will play their next five games away from home.

Hamilton was 3 of 9 from the field in the first half and 9 of 15 in the second.

Diante Mitchell had 17 points and seven assists for Alaska Anchorage.