Vikings glad to be playing next three contests at Carver Gym

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Austin Bragg
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Jan. 7, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Happy to be back home after losing three of their last four contests, all of them on the road, the nationally ranked Western Washington University men's basketball team plays its next three games, all of them Great Northwest Athletic Conference counters, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings, 9-3 overall, tied for the conference lead at 3-1 and ranked No. 20 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, host Simon Fraser on Saturday (7:30 p.m.). They entertain No. 26 Seattle Pacific on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.), followed by Montana State Billings on Saturday, Jan. 18 (7 p.m.).

THE LAST MEETING
Simon Fraser56
Western Washington67
March 2, 2013
BELLINGHAM
WWU defeats Simon Fraser, 67-56, on national TV
Forward Paul Jones had team-highs of 19 points and nine rebounds, helping Western Washington University end its regular season with a 67-56 victory over Simon Fraser University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday afternoon at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus televised nationally on CBS Sports Network and CBSSports.com.

The WWU/SPU match-up is being televised live on ROOT Sports and all three games will be broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM-Bellingham) as well as on the internet. Lives stats and video streams are available at wwuvikings.com.

The Vikings, who began the season with eight straight home wins, are working on a school-record Carver Gym winning streak of 35 games. They also have a string of 18 consecutive home victories against GNAC foes, two short of the conference standard they set from 2004-07. Their last loss at Carver Gym was 83-73 to Western Oregon on Jan. 7, 2012.

Last week, WWU split its longest road trip of the regular season, defeating No.23 Alaska Anchorage, 104-89, followed by a 65-61 loss to Alaska Fairbanks.

During the season-opening win streak, the Vikings won 72-69 over then nationally No.1-ranked Metro State CO on Nov. 30. They fell from the unbeaten ranks with two losses at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, 99-91 to Cal State San Bernardino, currently ranked No.14, on Dec. 21, and 86-69 to No.6-ranked Tarleton State TX on Dec. 22.

WWU is ranked second nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.8 and third in total blocks with 81. The Vikings are 12th in scoring offense at 90.4 and 16th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.3.

WWU leads the GNAC in 3-point percentage defense, field-goal percentage defense (42.5), blocks (6.8) and rebounding margin (6.6).

Senior all-star guard Richard Woodworth, who leads WWU in scoring average at 17.1 points per game, suffered a sprained left ankle against Alaska Fairbanks and missed the last 16 minutes of the contest. He is shooting 50.8 percent (67-of-132) from the field and 82.4 percent (56-of-68) at the free throw line.

Woodworth became the 24th Viking to reach 1,000 points in a career while scoring 24 against Alaska Anchorage. His current total is 1,017. He scored a career-high 30, 24 in the second half, against Cal State San Bernardino.

Senior center Austin Bragg ranks 14th nationally in double-doubles (points and rebounds) with six. He has accomplished that feat in each of his last two games and in three of his last four.

Bragg leads the GNAC in rebounds at 9.3 and blocked shots at 2.3, while averaging 16.7 points on 60.0 percent (69-of-115) floor accuracy. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for Nov. 24-30 with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the Metro State victory.

Also averaging double-figure points for the Vikings are redshirt freshman forward Joey Schreiber, 12.6 on 40.4 percent (19-of-47) 3-point shooting; and senior guard Robert Harris, Jr., 10.8, a transfer from NCAA I Idaho. Another redshirt freshman, forward Jeffrey Parker, is averaging 8.3 points on team-best 42.6 percent (20-of-47) shooting from beyond the arc.

Junior forward Anye Turner is averaging 9.0 points on 58.8 percent floor accuracy (40-of-68) and 8.0 rebounds. He grabbed 20 rebounds in a win over Thompson Rivers on Dec. 17, tying the most by a WWU player since 2003 and just five short of the school record.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Jan. 11 (Sat.) SIMON FRASER*# (CARVER GYM, 7:30 p.m.)
Jan. 15 (Wed.) SEATTLE PACIFIC*#@ (CARVER GYM, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 18 (Sat.) MONTANA STATE BILLINGS*# (CARVER GYM, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 23 (Thu.) at Central Washington*# (Ellensburg, Wash. - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 25 (Sat.) at Northwest Nazarene* (Nampa, Id. - 7 p.m.)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest @televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30) #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com &broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

SIMON FRASER: The Clan is 7-5 overall and 0-4 in GNAC play, losing four of its last five (two straight) following a 6-1 start. SFU is led by two transfers from Chaffey (Calif.) College, 6-0 junior guard Sango Niang (Paris, France - 11.3 ppg, 5.3 apg, 46.2 3-pt. pct., 85.3 FT Pct.) and 6-3 junior guard Justin Cole (13.0 ppg). Two top returnees for coach James Blake (4th year, 24-64) are 6-4 senior guard Taylor Dunn (12.2 ppg, 51.3 FG Pct.) and 6-9 senior center David Gebru (12.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.5 bpg). SFU, the NCAA's first international member, is in its second year as a full member of that organization. Prior to that, SFU was a member of the NAIA and Canadian Interuniversity Sports. WWU holds a 48-23 series advantage, winning the last 10 meetings.

SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons, who have made nine straight NCAA tournament appearances, the longest current string of any Division II school, are 11-4 overall (host Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 9 and Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 11) and 2-2 in GNAC action. They lead the GNAC in field goal shooting (50.7 percent) and 3-point accuracy (41.9). SPU is led by first-team GNAC all-star 6-2 senior guard David Downs (20.8 ppg, 4.7 apg, 53.1 FG Pct., 86.1 FT Pct., 56.0 3-pt. Pct., 47-fo-84 - leads GNAC), GNAC Defensive Player of the Year 6-4 junior guard Riley Stockton (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), second-team GNAC all-star 6-8 senior forward Patrick Simon (16.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 45.5 3-pt. Pct., 35-of-77) and 6-8 junior center Cory Hutsen (13.1 ppg, 54.5 FG Pct.). A top newcomer for coach Ryan Looney (5th year, 103-32; 10th overall, 198-87) is 6-5 junior forward Matt Borton (6.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), a transfer from NCAA I Idaho. Last year, SPU finished 27-4, won the GNAC Tournament title and reached the West Regional final for the second straight season where it again lost to WWU. WWU trails 77-51 in the series, but has won six of the last seven meetings. SPU was the preseason favorite of the GNAC coaches and ranked No.1 nationally in The Sporting News pre-season ranking and No.3 in the Division II Bulletin pre-season rating.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE:

Nov. 19 - Tied school record with 19-point, second-half comeback in 80-74 win over BYU Hawaii.

Nov. 30 - Defeated nationally No.1-ranked Metro State, 72-69, in another program first.

Dec. 5 - Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining as WWU began GNAC play with an 87-75 win over Western Oregon

Dec. 14 - School record set for combined points with 228 in 140-88 win over Multnomah. WWU fell one short of school record for most points in a game (141-52 vs. Northwest on Feb. 3, 1989, and just shy of mark for best field-goal percentage (66.7, 58-87), set on Jan. 3, 1989 (69.8 vs. Grace IN)

Dec. 17 - Turner grabbed 20 rebounds, most by a Viking player since 2003, and five shy of the school record in 99-74 victory over Thompson Rivers BC.

Dec. 21 - Woodworth scores career-high 30 points, 24 in the second half, in 99-91 loss to Cal State San Bernardino.

Jan. 2 - Woodworth reaches 1,000-point mark in career scoring with 24 points and Bragg had game highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds in 104-89 win at Alaska Anchorage.

ROOT SPORTS: Three WWU games will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30). The slate begins with the Vikings entertaining Seattle Pacific on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.). The contest was originally scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16. The two other contests being televised are against Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. (originally 7:30 p.m.) and versus Central Washington on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

ROOT Sports is the home of the Seattle Mariners, Seattle Seahawks and Portland Timbers, among numerous other professional and collegiate sports teams in the Pacific Northwest. Its scope covers Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, and the ROOT SPORTS regional networks combine to reach nine million homes across 18 states.

THREE-DOT NOTES: WWU's losses at Alaska Fairbanks in each of the last two years are the Vikings' only setbacks in their last 24 GNAC games dating back to an 89-82 road loss at Ellensburg on Feb. 18, 2012 ... WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 after prevailing 72-69 over top-ranked Metro State ... The Viking men's and women's basketball teams did not lose a home game during the 2013 calendar year, going 32-0 (men 20-0, women 12-0).

UNMATCHED SUCCESS: WWU won the NCAA II national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013, posting back-to-back 31-win seasons. The Vikings have captured the last two regular-season GNAC titles, winning 33 of 36 conference games during that span. Last season, they won their first 24 games overall and finished 17-1 in league play, the best record in GNAC history.

AFTER THIRD STRAIGHT WEST REGIONAL TITLE: WWU is looking to become the first team since 1994 to win three straight West Regional titles, Cal State Bakersfield completing a five-year string that season. The only other team to win three consecutive West Region championships was UC Riverside from 1973 to 1975.

PRE-SEASON ACCOLADES: Bragg and Woodworth were pre-season GNAC all-conference picks ... WWU was ranked ninth in The Sporting News Pre-season NCAA II Top 10, No.10 in the NABC Pre-season Top 25 and No.17 in the Division II Bulletin Pre-season Top 25 ... The Vikings were picked third in the GNAC Pre-season Coaches Poll, behind Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage. They were not the pre-season choice in either of the last two seasons, but went on to win the national championship in 2012 and reach the national semifinals in 2013.

COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (2nd year, 40-6, .870) directed the Vikings to a 31-3 record in 2012-13, GNAC regular-season and West Regional titles, and the NCAA II national semifinals. He became the first rookie coach in NCAA II history to win his first 24 games. Dominguez was a finalist for Clarence "Big House" Gaines National Coach of the Year honors and shared the GNAC Coach of the Year award. Previously, he was an associate head coach for two seasons and an assistant 17 years overall, all at WWU. During that stretch, the Vikings posted a 317-165 (.658) record, making six regional appearances and winning five conference championships. WWU took the NCAA II national crown in 2012, winning a school record 31 games, and reached the national semifinals in 2001.

RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and KPUG Radio (1170 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.

ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wwu.portal#. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletic web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com.

PROBABLE WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:

G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, ***Sr., Bellevue, WA/Newport
G Robert Harris Jr., 5-10, Sr., TR, Kent, WA/Rainier Beach/
  Eastern Arizona CC/Idaho
C Austin Bragg, 6-9, *Sr., Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC
F Anye Turner, 6-7, *Jr., Tumwater, WA/Black Hills/South Puget Sound CC
F Joey Schreiber, 6-7, R-Fr., Renton, WA/Eastside Catholic

F Colby Mitchell, 6-7, Jr., JC, Chugiak, AK/Chugiak/Mount Hood CC F Jeffrey Parker, 6-6, R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian G Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur G Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC G Mark Hopkins, 6-3, Jr., JC, San Antonio, TX/Randolph/Temple JC/ Schreiner *letters

RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Jan. 2 -WWU 104, Alaska Anchorage 89 at Anchorage, AK

Woodworth had 24 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, and helped WWU defeat Alaska Anchorage, 104-89, in a GNAC contest between two nationally ranked teams at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. Bragg had game-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds and Schreiber added 22 points as the No.15 Vikings improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the GNAC. No.23 UAA, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC. Forward Teancum Stafford led the Seawolves with 23 points. Guards Kyle Fossman and Brian McGill each had 22 points, with McGill adding a game-high nine assists. The Vikings trailed only once, 3-2, and used a 10-0 run midway through the period to open up a 27-12 lead with 11:10 left in the first half. Woodworth had four points and an assist in the burst. The margin remained in double digits the rest of the half and WWU held a 46-33 lead at halftime. WWU went scoreless for a span of four minutes early in the second half, allowing UAA to pull within five, 61-56, on a Stafford 3-pointer with 12:42 remaining. Schreiber responded with back-to-back treys to push the margin back to 11, but the Seawolves were still within seven, 71-64, with under nine minutes remaining. The Vikings then put the game away with another 10-0 run, capped by a Bragg tip-in that put WWU up, 81-64, with 4:55 to go. The Seawolves got to within nine in the final minute, but no closer. Woodworth became the 24th player in WWU history to reach the 1000-point plateau on a basket with 9:31 remaining. He concluded the game with 1,011 career points. The Vikings shot 57.1 percent (32-of-56) from the field, and had a 38-32 advantage in rebounds. WWU had 10 blocks with Anye Turner getting four, and Bragg and Woodworth each notching two. UAA hit just 38.0 percent (27-of-71) from the floor.

Jan. 4- Alaska Fairbanks 65, WWU 61 at Fairbanks, AK

For the second straight year, WWU was beaten at Alaska Fairbanks as the Nanooks prevailed 65-61 in a GNAC contest at Patty Center. The Vikings fell to 9-3 overall and 3-1 in the GNAC. They were led by Bragg with 21 points and 11 rebounds, both game highs. UAF improved to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in GNAC action with its third straight win. Last year, the Nanooks snapped a school-record 30-game WWU winning streak with a 77-73 victory over the No.2-ranked Vikings at Fairbanks. UAF had four players score in double figures, led by center Sergej Pucar with 18 points. Andrew Kelly had 14, and Joe Slocum and Ronnie Baker each had 12. Kelly also had 11 rebounds and Slocum a game-high five assists. Schreiber scored 18 points for WWU, 13 in the second half. He made 4-of-6 3-pointers. Woodworth did not play the final 16 minutes after suffering a sprained left ankle. He scored six points, entering the game with an 18.1 scoring average. Trailing by 11, 61-50 with just over four minutes remaining, WWU scored nine straight points to cut the lead to two, 61-59, on two free throws by Bragg with 57.4 seconds remaining. A missed free throw on the front end of a 1-and-1 by Slocum gave the Vikings the ball with 36 seconds left, but a turnover and two Pucar free throws put UAF in front 63-59 at 19.6. Harris, Jr., made it 63-61 on a layup with four seconds left, but Slocum sealed it for the Nanooks with two free throws. UAF got out to a 15-4 lead in the first six minutes, but the Vikings whittled that down to one, 31-30, at halftime. WWU led early in the second half until a 12-5 run gave the Nanooks an 11-point lead,50-39, with 13:10 left in the game. UAF's biggest advantage was 14 points, 59-45, with 8:08 remaining after a 3-point basket by Slocum. The Nanooks scored just one field goal the rest of the game. The 61 points were a season low for WWU.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 8 (Jan. 6, 2014)

                   Conference	          All
                    W	L	W	L         H	A	N
Western Washington  3	1	9	3	8-0	1-1	0-2
Western Oregon      3	1	10	4	7-1	1-2	2-1
Alaska Anchorage    2	1	9	5	7-4	0-0	2-1
Alaska Fairbanks    2	1	7	4	6-0	0-2	1-2
Seattle Pacific     2	2	11	4	5-1	0-3	6-0
MSU Billings        2	2	6	6	4-2	1-3	1-1
Saint Martin's      2	2	5	7	3-1	2-3	0-2
Central Washington  1	2	5	6	3-1	1-2	1-3
Northwest Nazarene  1	2	3	8	2-5	1-2	0-1
Simon Fraser        0	4	7	5	6-2	1-3	0-0

Region Records - Western Washington 6-2, Alaska Anchorage 5-2, Seattle Pacific 7-4, Western Oregon 6-4, Alaska Fairbanks 5-4, Central Washington 3-4, Simon Fraser 3-5, MSU Billings 3-5, Saint Martin's 3-7, Northwest Nazarene 1-6. Note: Region records include games against CCAA and PacWest teams and games versus non-West Region teams that count as regional contests under the NCAA "contiguous" state rule.

Final Exhibition Records (Versus D1): Western Washington 2-0 (0-0); Western Oregon 1-0 (0-0); Seattle Pacific 1-1 (0-1); Alaska Fairbanks 1-1 (1-1); Saint Martin's 1-2 (0-2); Northwest Nazarene 0-2 (0-1); Alaska Anchorage 0-2 (0-1); Central Washington 0-2 (0-2); Simon Fraser 0-2 (0-2); MSU Billings 0-3 (0-1). Totals 6-15 (0-10). Note: Exhibition records do not include Alumni games.

LAST WEEK: Thursday - Western Washington 104 at Alaska Anchorage 89; Simon Fraser 58 at Alaska Fairbanks 67; MSU Billings 66 at Saint Martin's 50; Seattle Pacific 70 at Western Oregon 74. Saturday - Simon Fraser 77 at Alaska Anchorage 107; Western Washington 61 at Alaska Fairbanks 65; Central Washington 80 at Northwest Nazarene 71; MSU Billings 90 at Western Oregon 98 (2ot); Seattle Pacific 69 at Saint Martin's 73.

THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at MSU Billings; Alaska Fairbanks at Seattle Pacific; Saint Martin's at Central Washington; Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific; Alaska Fairbanks at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Central Washington; Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene; Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 5): Team: Scoring - 6. Alaska Anchorage 92.1; 12. Western Washington 90.4. Scoring Margin - 14. Alaska Anchorage 16.6. Field Goal PCT. - 17. Seattle Pacific 50.7. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 13.8; 18. Simon Fraser 9.8; 28. Northwest Nazarene 9.3. Three-Point PCT. - 14. Seattle Pacific 41.9; 19. Alaska Anchorage 41.3. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 16. Western Washington 28.3. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 81.5. Assists - 8. Alaska Anchorage 19.4; 29. Simon Fraser 17.1. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Alaska Anchorage 2.13; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.57; 14. Alaska Fairbanks 1.52; 21. MSU Billings 1.49. Steals - 22. Western Oregon 9.3. Blocked Shots - 2. Western Washington 6.8. Fewest Turnovers - 4. Seattle Pacific 9.1; 5. Alaska Anchorage 9.1; 15. Alaska Fairbanks 9.9; 16. Central Washington 10.0; 20. MSU Billings 10.3. Turnover Margin - 11. Alaska Fairbanks 5.5; 18. Central Washington 4.5; 28. Alaska Anchorage 3.9. Fewest Fouls - 9. Alaska Fairbanks 15.6; 13. Seattle Pacific 15.9; 17. Northwest Nazarene 16.3. Individuals: Scoring - 5. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 25.0; 25. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.5. Field Goal PCT. - 8. JB Pillard, CWU, 68.5; 22. Marwan Sarhan, WOU, 62.8; 26. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 62.2. Three-Point FGs - 3. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 4.07; 4. Travis Thompson, UAA, 4.00. Three-Point PCT. - 5. David Downs, SPU, 56.0. Free Throw PCT.. - 9. Travis Thompson, UAA, 91.8; 23. Sergej Pucar, UAF, 88.9. Assists - 7. Brian McGill, UAA, 7.1; 13. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.4. Blocked Shots - 27. Austin Bragg, WWU, 2.33. Assist/TO Ratio - 12. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.53; 24. Brian McGill, UAA, 3.23; 29. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.13.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Jan. 5): 6 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 2 - Kevin Davis, CWU; Austin Hudson, MSUB; JB Pillard, CWU; Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Andrew Kelly, UAF; Teancum Stafford, UAA. 1 - Eight with.

ALL-TOURNAMENT: CCA Division II Tipoff Classic (Nov. 8-10 at Anaheim) - *David Downs, SPU (MVP). *MVP was selected, but no all-tournament team chosen. UAA AT&T Jamboree (Nov. 15-16) - Travis Thompson, UAA (MVP); Kyle Fossman, UAA; Ronnie Baker, UAF; Brian McGill, UAA; Teancum Stanford, UAA. SPU Sodexo Tipoff (Nov. 15-16) - David Downs, SPU; Patrick Simon, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. UAF GCI Alaska Invitational (Nov. 21-23) - Ronnie Baker, UAF; Andrew Kelly, UAF. CWU GNAC/Pac West Challenge (Nov. 22-23) - David Downs, SPU (MVP), Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Patrick Simon, SPU. Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 27-30) - Travis Thompson, UAA. WOU Capital City Classic (Nov. 27-30) - Rodney Webster, WOU (MVP); Marwan Sarhan, WOU. Mac Martin Chico State (Nov. 29-30) - Patrick Simon, SPU; David Downs, SPU.

POLLS: NABC (Jan. 7) - 20. Western Washington; 26. Seattle Pacific; 44. Alaska Anchorage.

GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Riley Carel, Saint Martin's (G, 6-2, Jr., Enumclaw, WA) and Andrew Kelly, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Gilbert, AZ - Chandler-Gilbert) ... Carel scored 29 points, including 17 in the Saints' 73-69 win over nationally 11th ranked Seattle Pacific as the Saints beat the Falcons for just the third time in the 13-year history of the conference. Carel also had career highs for assists (8) and steals (5) in the win, while also grabbing six rebounds and making seven of 12 shots. Kelly scored 26 points and also had 19 rebounds and three blocked shots in wins over Simon Fraser (67-58) and nationally 15th ranked Western Washington (65-61) as the Nanooks beat the Vikings at The Patty Center for the second year in a row.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 46 points and 23 rebounds and recorded a pair of double-doubles - his league-best fifth and sixth of the year - as the Vikings split two games in Alaska ... Rodney Webster, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Sr., Hanford, CA - Fresno City CC) scored 44 points and also had six assists and five steals as the Wolves ran their win streak to six with victories over 11th ranked Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings ... Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past Northwest Nazarene, recording his third 30-point game and his first double-double of the season.

MORE MENTIONABLES: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) tallied 52 points and also had eight assists in two four-point road losses ... Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, Sr., Haines, AK) scored 44 points and had 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Seawolves split two contests ... Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL), returning from a five-week absence due to an injury, had 20 points and seven rebounds in a nine-point loss to CWU.

MILESTONES: Richard Woodworth scored 24 points Thursday in a 104-89 road win at Anchorage becoming the 24th player in Western Washington school history and the 55th in GNAC history to score 1,000 career points. Woodworth finished the weekend with 1,017. Next up to join the 1,000-point career club is Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage, who currently ranks 60th with 976 points.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT SPORTS: Eight regular-season GNAC games, including six men's contests will be televised this winter on ROOT SPORTS. Handling the play-by-play will be Brad Adam and Bob Akamian. Dave Harshman will provide color for the all eight contests.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT TV SCHEDULE: MEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 - Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 - Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 - Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 - Central Washington at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. WOMEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 - MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 3 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 1 - Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 3 p.m.

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Kyle Fossman scored 30 of his 44 points from the arc as he made 10 of 18 three-pointers in games against Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Fossman, who has 976 career points, ranks 15th in GNAC history in three-pointers made with 201. He ranks sixth in three-point percentage, converting on 46.0 percent (201-437). UAA's Travis Thompson ranks 20th with 163. Brian McGill had 39 points and 13 assists and Teancum Stafford had 38 points and a team-high 16 rebounds in UAA's two games.

Alaska Fairbanks: The Nanooks beat Western Washington (65-61) Saturday for the second year in a row at The Patty Center allowing WWU just 61 points, more than 30 points below its season average of (93.1). On Thursday, UAF held an opponent to less than 60 points for the fourth time this season in a 67-58 win over SFU. Sergej Pucar led the Nanooks with 30 points, while Ronnie Baker, Andrew Kelly and Joe Slocum each scored 26 points. Slocum also had a team-high eight assists. The Nanooks are 6-0 at home, its best home start in 11 years and have won eight straight home games.

Central Washington: Kevin Davis, who ranks 10th in GNAC history with 106 career blocks, ranks second in conference history in blocks per game averaging 2.16. Brannon Stone of Seattle Pacific (1998-02) is the all-time leader in total blocks (269) and blocks per contest (2.26). Davis had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in CWU's road win at Nampa Saturday.

Montana State Billings: Jonathan Mesghna scored 34 points and also led the Yellowjackets with 15 rebounds as they split two road games, losing in double overtime at Western Oregon (98-90). Kalob Hatcher had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 1 2 assists, while Chase Miller had 23 points and Devon Wallace had 21 point, 12 assists, nine rebounds and two steals.

Northwest Nazarene: Joining Donaldson (See Player of the Week notes) in double figures in the Crusaders' home loss to Central Washington were Michael Loomis (18 points), Grayson Moore (14) and Kevin Rima (10). Rima made five of six shots before following out, while playing just 18 minutes.

Saint Martin's: In addition to Riley Carel (See Red Lion GNAC Player of the Week honors), the Saints were led by Ryan Rogers with 27 points and 10 rebounds as they split two games, including a four-point win over Seattle Pacific. Evan Coulter had 18 points. SMU's only two previous wins in the series with SPU during the GNAC era (since 2001-02) were 91-68 on Feb. 21, 2008 and 85-72 on Feb. 28, 2009.

Seattle Pacific: David Downs accounted for 37.4 percent of the Falcons' points in a pair of four-point losses at Western Oregon and Saint Martin's, netting 55 points. Downs made seven of 14 shots and also had a team-high eight assists. The Falcons played both games without Patrick Simon who has a hand injury. Simon, who ranks ninth in the GNAC in scoring (16.6) and has now missed three games, is listed as day-to-day.

Simon Fraser: Taylor Dunn shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) and scored 31 points in the Clan's two games in Alaska. Justin Cole added 29 points and David Gebru had 24. Ibrahim Appiah had 15 rebounds increasing his career total to 486, which ranks 36th in GNAC history. He is the career active leader in the conference in that category.

Western Oregon: Rodney Webster scored 44 points, 27 in a double-overtime win over MSU Billings, and also had six assists and five steals in leading the Wolves to their fifth and sixth consecutive wins, including a 74-70 victory over 11th ranked Seattle Pacific. Among his points against MSUB were two free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the first overtime, to force a second extra period. Those two victories earned WOU GNAC Team of the Week honors. The Wolves also got 32 points (on 12 of 20 shooting) and a team-high 14 rebounds, eight at the offensive end, from Marwan Sarhan. Sarhan made his first shot Thursday extending his streak of field goals without a miss to 16. That's the third longest streak in GNAC history.

Western Washington: Alaska Fairbanks beat the Vikings Saturday (65-61) for the second year in a row at The Patty Center. Those are WWU's only two conference losses in their last 24 GNAC games dating back to a 89-82 road loss at Ellensburg on Feb. 18, 2012 ... WWU did earn a split on their trip to Alaska defeating Alaska Anchorage 104-89 as Austin Bragg (46 points, 23 rebounds) and Joey Schriber (40 points) led the way.

GNAC SPLITS 28 GAMES WITH PACWEST: GNAC teams posted a 54-34 record (.614) in the non-conference portion of their schedule. That percentage ranks just ninth during the 13-year history of the conference and is the second lowest since the 2006-07 season. GNAC teams finished 29-28 against Division II non-conference opponents, including 24-25 in regional contests. The GNAC split 28 games with the PacWest (14-14), lost six of nine games against the CCAA and posted a 7-5 record in games that count as regional contests under the NCAA "contiguous" state rule.

GNAC (14) vs. PacWest (14): Simon Fraser 3-0, Alaska Anchorage 2-0, Western Washington 2-0, Seattle Pacific 2-1, Alaska Fairbanks 2-2, MSU Billings 1-1, Central Washington 1-2, Western Oregon 1-2, Northwest Nazarene 0-, Saint Martin's 0-3.

GNAC (3) vs. CCAA (6): Seattle Pacific 2-1, Western Oregon 1-1, Alaska Anchorage 0-1, Saint Martin's 0-1, Simon Fraser 0-1, Western Washington 0-1.

PacWest (14) vs. GNAC (14): Dixie State 4-0, Cal Baptist 3-0, Azusa Pacific 2-0, Chaminade 2-0, Point Loma Nazarene 1-0, Hawaii Pacific 1-1, Hawaii Hilo 1-1, Academy of Art 0-2, Fresno Pacific 0-2, Notre Dame de Namur 0-2, BYU-Hawaii 0-3, Holy Names 0-3.

CCAA (6) vs. GNAC (3): CSU San Bernardino 1-0, Chico State 1-0, Cal State Stanislaus 1-0, Cal State L.A. 1-0, CSU Dominguez Hills 2-1, Cal Poly Pomona 0-1, San Francisco State 0-1.

PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Week of Nov. 3-10 - David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) was selected the MVP in the CCA (Conference Commissioners Association) Division II Tipoff Classic as he led the Falcons to a 3-0 record. Downs averaged 25 points, shooting 62.1 percent from the field (18-29) and 76.5 percent from the arc (13-17). He also made 26 of 29 free throws (89.7 percent). In addition he led SPU with 11 assists and also had seven rebounds.

Week of Nov. 11-17 - Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor) scored 60 points in a pair of contests, including 42 in a 95-90 win over Colorado Christian to earn all-tournament honors in the SPU Sodexo Tipoff tournament. That equaled the ninth highest point total in GNAC history and was the most since John Allen of Western Washington and Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks had 43-point games in January, 2011. McLaughlin made 17 field goals against CCU, one off the GNAC single-game record of 18 by Gerrit Eades of Saint Martin's against Alaska Anchorage in 2002.

Week of Nov. 18-24 - Ronnie Baker, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-3, Sr., Vallejo, CA - Diablo Valley) scored 59 points and also had 16 rebounds, 12 assists and four steals in leading the Nanooks to three wins and the tournament title in the GCI Alaska Invitational at Fairbanks. Baker, who was named to the all-tournament team, scored a career-high 29 points in Saturday's 83-72 win over Fresno Pacific. For the tournament, Baker shot 54.1 percent from the floor (20-37), 53.8 percent from the three-point line (7-13) and 80 percent from the foul line (12-15).

Week of Nov. 25-Dec.1: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) scored 20 points and also had 13 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead the Vikings to a 72-69 win over No. 1 ranked Metro State. Bragg hit a driving layup with 11.8 seconds to give WWU, which extended its home court win streak to a school and GNAC-record 31 games, a four-point lead.

Week of Dec. 2-8: Brian McGill, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-2, So., Clackamas, OR) scored 29 points and also had 10 assists to lead the Seawolves to a 96-76 win over Alaska Fairbanks Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. McGill, a transfer from Western Oregon, made eight of 12 shots, including two of two three-pointers. He also converted on 11 of 12 foul shots. On the season, McGill ranks fifth in the GNAC in scoring (17.2) and second in assists (6.2).

Week of Dec. 9-15: Grayson Moore, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-6, So., Logan, UT - Sheridan College) had back-to-back career highs in scoring 47 points as the Crusaders split two games. He scored 22 points and also had nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal in a 79-62 loss to College of Idaho Wednesday. Moore accounted for 35.5 percent of the Crusaders' points and 26.5 percent of its rebounds in the contest. He converted on six of 10 three-pointers as NNU cashed in on 11 of 27 overall. Moore followed that up with a 25-point, seven-rebound performance Saturday in an 88-82 win over Walla Walla. He made four of seven treys in that contest finishing the week with a 58.8 percentage from the arc (10 of 17) after beginning the week shooting just 21.6 percent on treys (8 of 37).

Week of Dec. 16-22: Rodney Webster, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Sr., Hanford, CA - Hanford West & Fresno City CC) came off the bench to lead the Wolves in scoring (35), assists (9) and steals (5) as WOU ran its win streak to four games with a pair of victories, including a 84-76 regional counting-win over South Dakota Mines. Webster also had eight rebounds, the third most on the team, and shot 56 percent from the field (14-25) including three of four from beyond the three-point arc. He also had one of WOU's two blocks as the Wolves evened their regional record at 4-4.

GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (football). Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (volleyball). Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (men's cross country) and Simon Fraser (women's cross country). Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (football). Sept. 30-Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (men's soccer). Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (women's soccer). Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (women's soccer). Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (men's and women's cross country). Oct. 28-Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer). Nov. 4-10 - Seattle Pacific (women's soccer) and Alaska Anchorage (women's cross country). Nov. 11-17 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Nov. 18-24 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer) and Western Washington (women's soccer). Nov. 25-Dec. 1 - Western Washington (men's basketball). Dec. 2-8 - Saint Martin's (women's basketball). Dec. 16-22 - Alaska Anchorage (women's basketball). Dec. 30-Jan. 5 - Western Oregon (men's basketball).

PORTLAND, Ore. - Western Washington slipped five positions, falling from 15th to 20th in this week's NABC Division II basketball poll after splitting two games last week in Alaska.

The Vikings return to Sam Carver Gymnasium this Saturday to begin a three-game homestand against Simon Fraser. WWU has won a GNAC-record 35 straight home games, including 18 conference contests.

That is the second longest streak among Division II schools. Top-ranked West Liberty, W.Va., has won 37 consecutive home games.

WWU (9-3, 3-1) goes into the week tied for first place in the GNAC with Western Oregon (10-4, 3-1), which defeated Montana State Billings and previously 11th-ranked Seattle Pacific last week to earn GNAC Team of the Week honors.

The Falcons lost two games last week to fall completely out of the NABC Top 25. They are among "others receiving votes" this week and are 26th overall.

The Wolves, who have won six straight, travel to Nampa Thursday to take on Northwest Nazarene. They are among four teams, along with Alaska Anchorage (9-5, 2-1) and Alaska Fairbanks (7-4, 2-1), who begin the week all with one conference loss. Five other GNAC teams have two conference losses.

Alaska Anchorage, which received two ballots points and is 44th overall in the NABC poll, plays at MSU Billings Thursday, while Alaska Fairbanks heads to Seattle to take on Seattle Pacific. Completing Thursday's schedule is a game in Ellensburg, which matches Saint Martin's (5-7, 2-2) and Central Washington (5-6, 1-2).

The Saints are coming off a 73-69 home win over Seattle Pacific last Saturday. That was just their third win in 13 years against the Falcons. Central Washington defeated Northwest Nazarene 80-71 to earn its first conference win of the season as Mark McLaughlin led the way with 34 points and 10 rebounds, recording his third 30-point game of the season and his first double-double of the season.

McLaughlin Ranks Fifth in Scoring

McLaughlin currently ranks fifth nationally in scoring averaging 25.0 points per game. He is one of six GNAC players ranked in the Top 10 in a national category.

Alaska Anchorage guards Kyle Fossman and Travis Thompson rank No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, in three-pointers made, averaging 4.07 and 4.00, respectively. Thompson also ranks ninth in free throw percentage, shooting 91.8 percent.

David Downs of Seattle Pacific ranks fifth in three-point percentage (56.0). UAA's Brian McGill is seventh in assists, averaging 7.1, and JB Pillard of Central Washington ranks eighth in field goal percentage, shooting 68.5 percent.

In team categories, Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington are the highest ranked teams. The Vikings are second in blocked shots (6.8).

Alaska Anchorage ranks in the Top 10 in six different categories, including second in two categories - free throw percentage (81.5) and assist/turnover ratio (2.13). They're also third in three-pointers (13.8), fifth in fewest turnovers (9.1), sixth in scoring (92.1) and eighth in assists (19.4).

Seattle Pacific ranks fourth in fewest turnovers (9.1) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.57). Alaska Fairbanks ranks ninth in fewest fouls (15.6).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30)

Team: Scoring - 6. Alaska Anchorage 92.1; 12. Western Washington 90.4. Scoring Margin - 14. Alaska Anchorage 16.6. Field Goal PCT. - 17. Seattle Pacific 50.7. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 13.8; 18. Simon Fraser 9.8; 28. Northwest Nazarene 9.3. Three-Point PCT. - 14. Seattle Pacific 41.9; 19. Alaska Anchorage 41.3. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 16. Western Washington 28.3. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 81.5. Assists - 8. Alaska Anchorage 19.4; 29. Simon Fraser 17.1. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Alaska Anchorage 2.13; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.57; 14. Alaska Fairbanks 1.52; 21. MSU Billings 1.49. Steals - 22. Western Oregon 9.3. Blocked Shots - 2. Western Washington 6.8. Fewest Turnovers - 4. Seattle Pacific 9.1; 5. Alaska Anchorage 9.1; 15. Alaska Fairbanks 9.9; 16. Central Washington 10.0; 20. MSU Billings 10.3. Turnover Margin - 11. Alaska Fairbanks 5.5; 18. Central Washington 4.5; 28. Alaska Anchorage 3.9. Fewest Fouls - 9. Alaska Fairbanks 15.6; 13. Seattle Pacific 15.9; 17. Northwest Nazarene 16.3.

Individuals: Scoring - 5. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 25.0; 25. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.5. Field Goal PCT. - 8. JB Pillard, CWU, 68.5; 22. Marwan Sarhan, WOU, 62.8; 26. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 62.2. Three-Point FGs - 3. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 4.07; 4. Travis Thompson, UAA, 4.00. Three-Point PCT. - 5. David Downs, SPU, 56.0. Free Throw PCT.. - 9. Travis Thompson, UAA, 91.8; 23. Sergej Pucar, UAF, 88.9. Assists - 7. Brian McGill, UAA, 7.1; 13. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.4. Blocked Shots - 27. Austin Bragg, WWU, 2.33. Assist/TO Ratio - 12. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.53; 24. Brian McGill, UAA, 3.23; 29. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.13.

GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Riley Carel, Saint Martin's (G, 6-2, Jr., Enumclaw, WA) and Andrew Kelly, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Gilbert, AZ - Chandler-Gilbert) ... Carel scored 29 points, including 17 in the Saints' 73-69 win over nationally 11th ranked Seattle Pacific as the Saints beat the Falcons for just the third time in the 13-year history of the conference. Carel also had career highs for assists (8) and steals (5) in the win, while also grabbing six rebounds and making seven of 12 shots. Kelly scored 26 points and also had 19 rebounds and three blocked shots in wins over Simon Fraser (67-58) and nationally 15th ranked Western Washington (65-61) as the Nanooks beat the Vikings at The Patty Center for the second year in a row.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 46 points and 23 rebounds and recorded a pair of double-doubles - his league-best fifth and sixth of the year - as the Vikings split two games in Alaska ... Rodney Webster, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Sr., Hanford, CA - Fresno City CC) scored 44 points and also had six assists and five steals as the Wolves ran their win streak to six with victories over 11th ranked Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings ... Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) had 34 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wildcats past Northwest Nazarene, recording his third 30-point game and his first double-double of the season.

MORE MENTIONABLES: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) tallied 52 points and also had eight assists in two four-point road losses ... Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, Sr., Haines, AK) scored 44 points and had 12 rebounds and seven assists as the Seawolves split two contests ... Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL), returning from a five-week absence due to an injury, had 20 points and seven rebounds in a nine-point loss to CWU.

MILESTONES: Richard Woodworth scored 24 points Thursday in a 104-89 road win at Anchorage becoming the 24th player in Western Washington school history and the 55th in GNAC history to score 1,000 career points. Woodworth finished the weekend with 1,017. Next up to join the 1,000-point career club is Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage, who currently ranks 60th with 976 points.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT SPORTS: Eight regular-season GNAC games, including six men's contests will be televised this winter on ROOT SPORTS. Handling the play-by-play will be Brad Adam and Bob Akamian. Dave Harshman will provide color for the all eight contests.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT TV SCHEDULE: MEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 - Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 - Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington, 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 - Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 - Central Washington at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. WOMEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 - MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 3 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 1 - Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 3 p.m.

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Kyle Fossman scored 30 of his 44 points from the arc as he made 10 of 18 three-pointers in games against Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Fossman, who has 976 career points, ranks 15th in GNAC history in three-pointers made with 201. He ranks sixth in three-point percentage, converting on 46.0 percent (201-437). UAA's Travis Thompson ranks 20th with 163. Brian McGill had 39 points and 13 assists and Teancum Stafford had 38 points and a team-high 16 rebounds in UAA's two games.

Alaska Fairbanks: The Nanooks beat Western Washington (65-61) Saturday for the second year in a row at The Patty Center allowing WWU just 61 points, more than 30 points below its season average of (93.1). On Thursday, UAF held an opponent to less than 60 points for the fourth time this season in a 67-58 win over SFU. Sergej Pucar led the Nanooks with 30 points, while Ronnie Baker, Andrew Kelly and Joe Slocum each scored 26 points. Slocum also had a team-high eight assists. The Nanooks are 6-0 at home, its best home start in 11 years and have won eight straight home games.

Central Washington: Kevin Davis, who ranks 10th in GNAC history with 106 career blocks, ranks second in conference history in blocks per game averaging 2.16. Brannon Stone of Seattle Pacific (1998-02) is the all-time leader in total blocks (269) and blocks per contest (2.26). Davis had 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in CWU's road win at Nampa Saturday.

Montana State Billings: Jonathan Mesghna scored 34 points and also led the Yellowjackets with 15 rebounds as they split two road games, losing in double overtime at Western Oregon (98-90). Kalob Hatcher had 25 points, 14 rebounds and 1 2 assists, while Chase Miller had 23 points and Devon Wallace had 21 point, 12 assists, nine rebounds and two steals.

Northwest Nazarene: Joining Donaldson in double figures in the Crusaders' home loss to Central Washington were Michael Loomis (18 points), Grayson Moore (14) and Kevin Rima (10). Rima made five of six shots before following out, while playing just 18 minutes.

Saint Martin's: In addition to Riley Carel (See Red Lion GNAC Player of the Week honors), the Saints were led by Ryan Rogers with 27 points and 10 rebounds as they split two games, including a four-point win over Seattle Pacific. Evan Coulter had 18 points. SMU's only two previous wins in the series with SPU during the GNAC era (since 2001-02) were 91-68 on Feb. 21, 2008 and 85-72 on Feb. 28, 2009.

Seattle Pacific: David Downs accounted for 37.4 percent of the Falcons' points in a pair of four-point losses at Western Oregon and Saint Martin's, netting 55 points. Downs made seven of 14 shots and also had a team-high eight assists. The Falcons played both games without Patrick Simon who has a hand injury. Simon, who ranks ninth in the GNAC in scoring (16.6) and has now missed three games, is listed as day-to-day.

Simon Fraser: Taylor Dunn shot 52.2 percent (12 of 23) and scored 31 points in the Clan's two games in Alaska. Justin Cole added 29 points and David Gebru had 24. Ibrahim Appiah had 15 rebounds increasing his career total to 486, which ranks 36th in GNAC history. He is the career active leader in the conference in that category.

Western Oregon: Rodney Webster scored 44 points, 27 in a double-overtime win over MSU Billings, and also had six assists and five steals in leading the Wolves to their fifth and sixth consecutive wins, including a 74-70 victory over 11th ranked Seattle Pacific. Among his points against MSUB were two free throws with three seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and a three-pointer with seven seconds left in the first overtime, to force a second extra period. Those two victories earned WOU GNAC Team of the Week honors. The Wolves also got 32 points (on 12 of 20 shooting) and a team-high 14 rebounds, eight at the offensive end, from Marwan Sarhan. Sarhan made his first shot Thursday extending his streak of field goals without a miss to 16. That's the third longest streak in GNAC history.

Western Washington: Alaska Fairbanks beat the Vikings Saturday (65-61) for the second year in a row at The Patty Center. Those are WWU's only two conference losses in their last 24 GNAC games dating back to a 89-82 road loss at Ellensburg on Feb. 18, 2012 ... WWU did earn a split on their trip to Alaska defeating Alaska Anchorage 104-89 as Austin Bragg (46 points, 23 rebounds) and Joey Schriber (40 points) led the way.

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