Unbeaten WWU hosts Central on Thursday, NW Nazarene on Saturday
Jan. 8, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to take sole possession of the league record for consecutive wins, the Western Washington University men's basketball team plays host to arch-rival Central Washington University on Thursday (9:10 p.m.), Jan. 10, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The game will be televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30) with Rich Burk providing the play-by-play and Bill Krueger the color commentary. It also will be carried live on KPUG Radio (AM 1170 - Bellingham, www.kpug1170.com) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten handling the broadcast.
Central and Northwest Nazarene are both 8-4 overall and tied for fifth in the GNAC standings at 2-2.
WWU, the defending national champion and ranked No.5 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, is 12-0 overall and leads the GNAC at 3-0. The Vikings have won 18 straight games over the last two years, beginning with six in its title run last season.
The winning streak is tied for the longest in the 12-year history of the conference, Alaska Anchorage also won 18 straight games in 2007-08, and is the second best in school history, behind only a 23-game run from Feb. 20, 1971 to Feb. 15, 1972.
WWU also is working on a home victory string of 15 games (5-0 this season) with the school standard being 20 (1970-72). The Vikings' unbeaten start of 12-0 ranks second in school history, the record being 21-0 in 1971-72.
Last week, WWU took a pair of GNAC road games, defeating No.7-rated and conference preseason favorite Seattle Pacific, 66-56, and Montana State Billings, 95-80, to earn GNAC Team of the Week honors. MSUB was the last team to beat WWU, posting an 82-78 win on March 2, 2012, in the GNAC tournament semifinals at Lacey.
Earlier this season, the Vikings swept two games in Hawaii, 84-78 at BYU-Hawaii and 95-80 at Chaminade, which defeated Division I Texas, 86-73, in its next game. They also edged previously unbeaten and No.14 Drury MO, 72-69, and crushed Central Oklahoma, 103-74, at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in mid-December.
The Vikings rank among the top 25 nationally in six team categories. They are No.4 in scoring margin (22.6), No.6 in scoring offense (90.8), No.10 in field-goal percentage (51.3), No.16 in 3-point percentage (41.0), No.18 in rebound margin (8.9) and No.24 in three-point field goals (8.8).
WWU leads the GNAC in scoring margin, field-goal percentage and blocked shots (4.9), and is second in scoring offense.
Senior guard John Allen, who scored 25 points against MSUB, is averaging team highs of 18.1 points per game, third in the GNAC, and 4.1 assists. He was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 selection. Allen has scored 1,115 career points, which ranks 16th among WWU leaders.
Senior forward Paul Jones, who had a team-high 16 points in the Seattle Pacific win, is averaging 15.2 points and 6.2 rebounds. He leads the GNAC in 3-point accuracy at 65.0 percent (13-of-20) and is second overall from the field at 61.4 percent (70-of-114).
Rounding out the starting lineup are junior point guard Richard Woodworth, who is averaging 10.8 points and 4.1 assists, hitting 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from beyond the arc which ranks second in the GNAC. Senior center Chris Mitchell is averaging 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds, and junior forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark CC, is averaging 8.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds.
Making solid contributions off the bench are senior guard Rico Wilkins, averaging 10.2 points; junior guard Cameron Severson, averaging 8.3 points on 62.1 floor accuracy (36-of-58), second in the league; and sophomore forward Anye Turner, a transfer from South Puget Sound CC, averaging 1.4 blocks, second in the GNAC.
Central Washington (8-4 overall, 2-2 conference) has split its last six games following a 5-1 start. The Wildcats are averaging a league-leading 91.0 points. They also top the GNAC in free throw percentage (74.9, 253-of-338) and steals (9.8).
Central is led by 6-6 junior guard Mark McLaughlin, a transfer from Tacoma CC, who tops the league in scoring with a 23.3 average and is second in steals at 2.3. Last year, McLaughlin was the NWAACC Western Region MVP, averaging 27.5 points (scored 41 in one game) and 8.1 rebounds.
Another talented transfer, also from Tacoma CC, is 5-10 junior guard Dom Williams (11.1 ppg).
The only starter back for from last year's 15-13 team for coach Greg Sparling (18th year, 303-188) is 6-1 senior guard Jordan Coby (10.9 ppg). Another top returnee is 6-4 senior forward Brandon Magee (8.6 rpg).
WWU trails 153-92 in its series with Central, but has won seven of the last nine meetings.
Northwest Nazarene (8-4 overall, 2-2 conference, Jan. 10 at Simon Fraser) had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 74-55 home loss to Alaska Fairbanks last Saturday. The Crusaders split their first six games.
Coach Dave Daniels (2nd year, 20-18; 8th overall, 100-113) got a talented transfer in 6-2 senior forward Kenny Jones (15.9 ppg, 3.8 apg) from UCLA. A returning starter from last year's 12-14 team is 6-3 senior guard Jonathan Hawkins (13.7 ppg, 3.8 apg).
WWU holds a 21-8 series advantage. The Vikings have won nine of the last 12 meetings with all three losses coming during the 2010-11 season.
SIX UNBEATENS LEFT: WWU is one of six remaining unbeaten Division II teams in the country. The others are Bellarmine, Indianapolis, Kentucky Wesleyan, Metro State and West Liberty.
VIKINGS ON TV: This is the fourth straight year that WWU's home game with Central has been televised. The Vikings have won all three previous meetings and taken 13 of the last 14 encounters with the Wildcats at Carver Gym dating back to January of 2000.
ALLEN 1,000 AND BEYOND: John Allen became the 23rd Viking to reach the 1,000 plateau in career scoring, and just the fifth who did not play four seasons at WWU to accomplish that feat, on Dec. 8 vs. Quest BC. Allen currently ranks 16th at 1,115.
STREAKS: The Vikings are working on an 18-game winning streak over the last two seasons. The string is the second longest in school history with the school record of 23 being from Feb. 20, 1971 to Feb. 15, 1972 ... That 18-game streak tied the GNAC record set by Alaska Anchorage during the 2007-08 season ... WWU also has won 15 straight home games (5-0 this season) with the school standard being 20 (1970-72) ... The Vikings' unbeaten start of 12-0 ranks second in school history, the school best being 21-0 in 1971-72.
THREE-DOT NOTES: John Allen was named Most Valuable Player at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic and he and Richard Woodworth were co-MVPs at the WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic ... Also picked all-tournament at the SPHHC was Chris Mitchell ... Allen and Paul Jones have both earned GNAC POW recognition this season ... The Vikings received one first-place vote in the NABC Preseason Top 25 while being picked No.6 ... WWU was tabbed No.8 nationally in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll ... The Vikings will host Simon Fraser, the NCAA's first international member, in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSports.com) on March 2 (7 p.m.) ... WWU, which is the GNAC's defending regular season champion, was picked second behind Seattle Pacific in the league's preseason coaches' poll. WWU tied for the GNAC title in 2002 and 2005, won it outright in 2009 and took the regular-season crown in 2012.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: John Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 pick. Besides Allen, Paul Jones and Richard Woodworth were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (12-0) is in his first season as head coach at WWU after being an associate head coach the previous two seasons and an assistant 17 years overall, all at WWU. During that stretch, the Vikings posted a 317-165 (.658) record, made six regional appearances and won 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. As an assistant, Dominguez was responsible for recruiting, scouting, coordinating scheduling, and budgeting. He played a major role in the recruiting classes of past 12 seasons. Those teams had a winning percentage of .711 (246-100).
TOUGH EXHIBITIONS: The Vikings accounted well for themselves in a pair of road exhibition games against NCAA I opponents. They lost 88-78 at Washington on Oct. 24 and fell 105-87 at Duke, currently ranked No.1 in the AP Poll, on Oct. 27. WWU trailed by just two points, 74-72, against Washington with 4:30 to play, and versus Duke was within 11, 69-58, with 13:58 to go and 14, 99-85, with 2:13 remaining. The 18-point margin was the closest any defending DII national championship team had gotten to Duke since the Blue Devils began inviting those squads for exhibitions six years ago. In the combined second half of the games with Washington and Duke, the Vikings trailed by just four points. John Allen and Chris Mitchell each scored a team-high 17 points against Washington and Paul Jones added 15. Jones led the Vikings versus Duke with 20 points, 14 in the second half. Allen had 17, Woodworth 13 and Rico Wilkins added 12 off the bench.
NATIONAL CHAMPS! WWU won the 2012 national championship, defeating Montevallo, Ala., 72-65, on March 24 in a nationally televised game at Northern Heights, Kentucky. The Vikings finished 31-5, the win total being the most in school history. They won their final six games following a loss to Montana State Billings in the GNAC Tournament semifinal after winning the league's regular-season crown. It was the first NCAA basketball title at any level for a school from the state of Washington since Puget Sound won the NCAA II championship in 1976. Brad Jackson, who was the unanimous DII National Coach of the Year, resigned in late August to become an assistant at University of Washington, ending a 27-year, 518-win coaching tenure at WWU.
WEST REGION IS FORCE AT NCAA II ELITE EIGHT: A representative of the West Region has either won the national men's basketball title or been runner-up in each of the last four years. WWU won the title in 2012 after BYU Hawaii reached the final in 2011, and Cal Poly Pomona took the crown in 2010 after getting to the final in 2009.
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 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, **Jr., Bellevue, WA/Newport G John Allen, 6-1, **Sr., Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace/WSU C Chris Mitchell, 6-9, ***Sr., Everson, WA/Nooksack Valley F Austin Bragg, 6-9, Jr., JC, Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC F Paul Jones, 6-4, *Sr., Kent, WA/Kent-Meridian/Whatcom CC
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Jan. 3 - WWU 66, Seattle Pacific 56 at Seattle, WA
Jones scored a game-high 16 points, including six in the final three minutes, as WWU claimed a 66-56 triumph over Seattle Pacific in a GNAC contest between NCAAII Top 10 ranked teams at Royal Brougham Pavilion. The Vikings, ranked No.5 nationally, improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the GNAC. SPU, rated No.7 nationally, had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play. Patrick Simon led the Falcons with 12 points, and Jobi Wall had 11. The Vikings led by at least seven through the first 13 minutes of the second half until a Wall 3-pointer pulled SPU within six, 55-49, with 6:53 to play. The Falcons eventually got within five, 60-55, on a Wall free throw with 43 seconds left. But that was as close as SPU would get, as Jones hit a shot off a spinning move in the lane, followed by a fallaway jumper, and then made a pair of free throws, pushing the WWU margin to 11 at 66-55 with 1:27 remaining, putting the game out of reach. Woodworth and Mitchell each had 10 points for the Vikings, who also got a big contribution off the bench from Severson with nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Turner had a game-high four blocked shots for WWU. SPU held a 22-21 lead after a Cory Hutsen putback with 6:43 remaining in the first half. But WWU held the Falcons scoreless the rest of the period, and Jones scored six points in a 10-0 run that gave WWU a 31-22 lead at halftime. SPU shot just 30.0 percent (18-of-60) from the field, including 21.1 percent (4-of-19) on 3-pointers. The triumph was the fourth straight for the Vikings over SPU. The last meeting between the two teams was at the West Regional championship game in Bellingham, where WWU prevailed 56-50.
Jan. 5 - WWU 95, Montana State Billings 80 at Billings, MT
Allen scored a game-high 25 points and WWU closed with a huge run in defeating Montana State Billings, 95-80, in a GNAC contest at Alterowitz Gymnasium. The Vikings, ranked No.5 nationally, stayed unbeaten at 12-0 overall and 3-0 in GNAC action. It was their 18th straight victory over the last two seasons, matching the longest in league history set by Alaska Anchorage during the 2007-08 campaign. The start and streak are both the second best in WWU history. MSUB, which handed the Vikings their last loss, 82-78, in the semifinals of the GNAC Tournament on March 2, 2012, fell to 8-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play. David Arnold led the Yellowjackets with 24 points, and Jarrell Crayton had 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds. With MSUB ahead by one, 73-72, with 7:41 remaining, the Vikings responded with 20 straight points in closing with a 23-7 run. WWU reserve guard Rico Wilkins had seven points during that stretch. He finished with 15 points and a game-high five steals. With 13:48 to play, WWU's Severson, who finished with 14 points, was ejected after a flagrant foul for throwing an elbow. Devon Wallace made both free throws to bring MSUB within one, 54-53. The Vikings responded with a 16-7 run, capped by two 3-pointers by Allen, for a 70-60 advantage with 9:38 to go. But MSUB scored 11 straight points, Arnold having two 3-pointers and a three-point play, for a one-point lead, 71-70, with 7:56 left. Allen, who scored 16 of his points in the second half, was10-of-20 from the field. Woodworth had 15 points and a game-high seven steals, and Turner added nine points and seven rebounds. MSUB was ahead for most of the first 12 minutes until the Vikings went on a 12-3 run for a 38-29 lead with 3:33 left in the first period, and led 41-34 at halftime.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Men's Basketball Report Week 9 (Jan. 8, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 3 0 12 0 5-0 5-0 2-0 Seattle Pacific 3 1 10 2 5-1 4-0 1-1 Alaska Fairbanks 3 1 8 4 5-1 2-0 1-3 Western Oregon 2 1 7 4 5-2 1-2 1-0 Central Washington 2 2 8 4 3-1 2-1 3-2 Northwest Nazarene 2 2 8 4 5-1 2-3 1-0 Saint Martin's 1 2 5 6 2-2 1-0 2-4 Alaska Anchorage 1 3 8 4 8-2 0-2 0-0 Montana State Billings 1 3 8 7 5-3 1-4 2-0 Simon Fraser 0 3 5 6 4-1 1-4 0-1
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 60 at Northwest Nazarene 61; Alaska Fairbanks 82 at Central Washington 75; Simon Fraser 74 at MSU Billings 92; Western Washington 66 at Seattle Pacific 56. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 72 at Central Washington 81; Alaska Fairbanks 74 at Northwest Nazarene 55; Western Washington 95 at MSU Billings 80; Western Oregon 59 at Saint Martin's 71; Simon Fraser 69 at Seattle Pacific 86.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage; Saint Martin's at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Western Washington, 9:10 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser. Saturday - Saint Martin's at Alaska Anchorage; Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Simon Fraser; MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: SPU (Nov. 9-10) - David Downs, SPU (MVP); Jobi Wall, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. UAA (Nov. 9-10) - Teancum Stafford, UAA (MVP); Kyle Fossman, UAA; Liam Gibcus, UAA; Stefan Tica, UAF. BYU Hawaii (Nov. 16-17) - David Downs, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Patrick Simon, SPU. UAF (Nov. 16-17) - Pat Voeut, UAF (MVP); Stefan Tica, UAF; Sergej Pucar, UAF. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 21-24) - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Teancum Stafford, UAA. Chico State (Nov. 23-24) - David Downs, SPU; Jobi Wall, SPU. Corban Capital City (Nov. 23-24) - Andy Avgi, WOU (MVP); Jordan Wiley, WOU. WWU Chuck Randall Classic (Nov. 23-24) - John Allen, WWU (Co-MVP); Richard Woodworth, WWU (Co-MVP). South Point Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - John Allen, WWU (MVP); Chris Mitchell, WWU.
POLLS: NABC (Jan. 8) - 5. Western Washington,8. Seattle Pacific.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: 3 - Jarrell Crayton, MSUB; Anto Olah, SFU; Sergej Pucar, UAF. 2 - Austin Bragg, WWU; David Gebru, SFU; Liam Gibcus, SFU; Rei Jensen, SMU; Paul Jones, WWU; Brandon Magee, CWU. 1 - 12 with 1.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Jan. 6): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 5. Central Washington 91.0; 6. Western Washington 90.8. Scoring Defense - 15. Seattle Pacific 59.8. Scoring Margin - 4. Western Washington 22.6; 19. Seattle Pacific 14.3. Field Goal PCT. - 10. Western Washington 51.3. Three-Point Field Goals - 14. Alaska Anchorage 9.3; 24. Western Washington 8.8. Three-Point Percentage - 14. Saint Martin's 41.3; 16. Western Washington 41.0; 25. Seattle Pacific 39.8. Three-Point Field Goal Defense - 15. Western Oregon 27.1. Free Throw PCT. - 21. Western Washington 74.9. Rebound Margin - 5. Seattle Pacific 11.8; 18. Western Washington 8.9; 30. Alaska Fairbanks 7.3. Assists - 9. Seattle Pacific 19.3; 13. Alaska Anchorage 18.6; 20. Alaska Fairbanks 17.9; 27. Western Washington 17.3. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 4. Seattle Pacific 1.49; 12. Alaska Anchorage 1.36; 17. Western Washington 1.29. Blocks - 16. Western Washington 4.9. Fewest Turnovers - 26. Saint Martin's 12.1. Turnover Margin - 15. Central Washington 4.8. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 6. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 23.3. Field Goal PCT. - 15. Andy Avgi, WOU, 63.4; 22. Paul Jones, WWU, 61.4. Three-Point Field Goals - 21. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.00. Three-Point PCT. - 7. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 49.3; 16. Elijah Matthews, SFU, 46.3; 23. Jobi Wall, SPU, 45.2. Free Throw PCT. - 3. Jonathan Hawkins, NNU, 95.3; 15. Dominique Brinson, UAF, 90.2; 24. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 89.5. Steals - 18. Devon Alexander, WOU, 2.82. Assist/Turnover Ratio 0 6. Brady Bomber, SMU, 3.57; 8. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.31; 11. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.26; 28. David Downs, SPU, 2.42.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, 170, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) and Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Sr., Edmonds, WA - Meadowdale) ... Voeut scored 31 points in a pair of road wins as the Nanooks snapped a 17-game losing streak on opponents' home courts with victories at Central Washington (82-75) and Northwest Nazarene (74-55). Voeut converted on 12 of 20 shots and also led his team in assists (8) and steals (6). O'Neill tied his career high with 24 points in a 71-59 home win against Western Oregon Saturday. He scored SMU's first nine points of the game and finished the first half with 16 points as the Saints built a 39-23 lead at the break.
HONORABLE MENTION: Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) scored 48 points and also had 13 rebounds and nine steals as the Wildcats split two games. McLaughlin scored nearly half of his points at the foul line converting on 23 of 28. Nine of his points and two of his steals came in the final minute in Saturday's 81-72 win against Alaska Anchorage.
AROUND THE GNAC: Western Washington tied the GNAC record for most consecutive wins of 18 with road victories last week at Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings. Alaska Anchorage also won 18 in a row during the 2007-08 season when they reached the semifinals of the NCAA Elite Eight. The Vikings, who host Central Washington Thursday (ROOT Sports,9:10 p.m.), have also won 15 straight home games. That streak equals the sixth longest in GNAC history.
Alaska Anchorage: Kyle Fossman scored one-quarter of the Seawolves' points (34 of 132) in road losses at Nampa and Ellensburg. Fossman made 10 of 25 field goal attempts, including six of 16 three-pointers. He was also perfect (8 of 8) from the foul line.
Alaska Fairbanks: Dominique Brinson led UAF with 33 points and also had six assists as the Nanooks increased their season win total to eight - three more than its entire 2011-12 victory total. Pat Voeut scored 25 of his 31 points (converting on 10 of 13 shots) in Thursday's win at Ellensburg as the Nanooks won at CWU for just the third time in 24 contests ... UAF outrebounded CWU 52-35 as Sergej Pucar pulled in 16 caroms. Pucar had seven rebounds in Saturday's 74-55 victory at Northwest Nazarene.
Central Washington: In addition to McLaughlin's 48 points, the Wildcats got 24 points and a team-best 15 rebounds from Derrick Davis and 23 points from Jordan Coby as it split two home contests.
Montana State Billings: David Arnold led the Yellowjackets with 39 points, connecting on five of 11 three-point shots. Jarrell Crayton had 28 points and 23 rebounds. He converted on eight of nine shots and had 16 points in Thursday's home win against Simon Fraser.
Northwest Nazarene: Jonathan Hawkins connected on five of seven three-point shots and scored 19 points in NNU's home win against Alaska Anchorage. Hawkins finished the weekend with a team-high 30 points. He also had eight assists, matching Kenny Jones, who had 22 points, for the most on the team.
Saint Martin's: Roger O'Neill, who now ranks 63rd in GNAC history with 944 career points, made nine of 15 shots including his only two three-point attempts. The Saints also got 12 points and a game-high three steals from Eric Taylor.
Seattle Pacific: Andy Poling scored 28 points and Jobi Wall had 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Falcons split two games. SPU point guard Riley Stockton led SPU in assists (11), rebounds (16) and blocked shots (2) and matched Wall for the most steals (4). David Downs had nine assists increasing his career total to 304 and moving into 25th place on the GNAC all-time career list.
Simon Fraser: Taylor Dunn scored 38 points including 21 in Simon Fraser's loss at Montana State Billings Thursday. The Clan also got 32 points and 18 rebounds from Anto Olah.
Western Oregon: Devon Alexander led the Wolves with 19 points in its 12-point loss at Saint Martin's. WOU fell behind by 16 at halftime (39-23) after being outshot 57.1 percent (16 of 28) to 37.5 (9 of 24) in the opening period.
Western Washington: John Allen scored 33 points, including 25 in the Vikings 95-80 win Saturday at MSU Billings. Paul Jones and Richard Woodworth each had 25 points. Woodworth also had 12 assists. Cameron Severson came off the bench to score 23 points (10-14 FGs) and grab 13 rebounds.
GNAC FINISHES AT .726: GNAC teams completed the non-conference portion of their schedules with a .726 winning percentage (61-23), the second best mark in the 12-year history of the conference. Conference teams were 36-20 in Division II contests, including 25-14 in regional counters (16-12 against the PacWest, 2-1 against CCAA teams and 7-1 in games against schools that count as regional counters due to the NCAA "contiguous" state rule). Nine of the 10 conference teams posted winning records in the non-conference portion of their schedules. The 10th school - Saint Martin's - finished with a .500 non-conference record.
GNAC (2) vs. CCAA (1): UAF 1-0, SPU 1-1. CCAA (1) vs. GNAC (2): San Francisco State 1-0, Chico State 0-1, CSU Monterey Bay 0-1.
GNAC (16) vs. PacWest (12): SPU 4-0, WWU 2-0, CWU 3-1, SMU 2-1, NNU 2-2, WOU 1-2, MSUB 1-3, SFU 1-3. PacWest (12) vs. GNAC (16): Grand Canyon 2-0, Fresno Pacific 1-0, Dominican 1-0, Dixie State 1-0, Azusa Pacific 2-1, Chaminade 2-1, Hawaii Hilo 1-2, Academy of Art 1-3, BYU-Hawaii 1-3, Point Loma Nazarene 0-1, Hawaii Pacific 0-2, Notre Dame de Namur 0-3.
Win Streaks (10 or More) 18 Alaska Anchorage (12-7-07 to 2-14-08) 18 Western Washington (3-9-12 to Current) 15 Seattle Pacific (11-17-01 to 1-19-02) 15 Western Washington (11-25-05 to 1-25-06) 14 Humboldt State (11-16-01 to 1-12-02) 13 Humboldt State (11-23-02 to 1-16-03) 12 Alaska Fairbanks (1-31-04 to 3-13-04) 12 Western Washington (11-1-09 to 1-2-10) 12 Alaska Anchorage (11-26-10 to 1-13-11) 11 Saint Martin's (11-15-08 to 12-18-08) 11 Central Washington (1-1-11 to 2-12-11) 10 Central Washington (2-2-08 to 3-8-08) 10 Western Washington (1-31-02 to 11-22-02) 10 Humboldt State (1-19-02 to 2-23-02) 10 Western Washington (1-12-12 to 2-16-12) 10 Alaska Anchorage (11-26-11 to 1-5-12)
Multiple Overtime Games
Four Overtimes Feb. 20, 2003 - *Seattle Pacific 113, Humboldt State 108 Dec. 15, 2006 - +CSU Monterey Bay 126, Western Oregon 122
Three Overtimes Nov. 19, 2004 - *Alaska Anchorage 92, Caldwell 87 Jan. 7, 2010 - *Saint Martin's 94, Western Washington 86 Dec. 1, 2012 - *Western Oregon 118, Central Washington 113
*Home team +Neutral Site (Chico)
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Nov. 5-11: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Jr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) was named the Most Valuable Player leading the Falcons to the team title in Sodexo Tip Off Classic at Brougham Pavilion. Downs scored 31 points and also had a team-high nine assists as SPU debuted with 20- and 19-point victories. Downs made eight of 14 shots, including four of eight treys. He also led SPU with three steals and had just two turnovers.
Week of Nov. 12-18: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 46 points and also had 19 assists, nine rebounds and five steals leading the Nanooks to the team title in the GCI Alaska Invitational at Fairbanks. Voeut, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, made 17 of 26 shots, including three of six three-pointers.
Week of Nov. 19-25: Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR) scored 52 points and also had 15 rebounds in earning MVP honors in the Capital City Classic. Avgi, who leads the GNAC in field goal percentage shooting 71.0 percent (44 of 62), made 20 of 25 shots (including 10 of 11 against Corban), including his only three-pointer. He also blocked two shots and had three steals.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Fr., Fontana, CA) came off the bench to score 48 points, including 28 in a 118-113 triple overtime win over Central Washington Saturday as the Wolves extended their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Alexander scored nine of WOU's 13 points in the decisive third overtime period. He also had 13 steals, including a GNAC-record tying eight (for conference contests) in a 92-84 win against Northwest Nazarene Thursday. In the two contests, Alexander made 16 of 29 shots, including four of six three-pointers. He also converted on 12 of 13 foul shots, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists.
Week of Dec. 3-9: Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA) scored 43 points in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. Jones had 27 against the Coyotes, making nine of 16 shots as NNU extended its win streak over its county rivals to seven. He then netted 16 points and had four steals in a 20-point win over New Hope Christian.
Week of Dec. 10-16: Jarrell Crayton, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Bellevue, NE - Boise State) had 14 points and 14 rebounds accounting for 23.0 and 36.8 percent of team totals in a 71-61 loss at Grand Canyon. Crayton made seven of 13 shots and also had a pair of steals. Crayton's rebound total was the most for a MSUB player since Robert Mayes grabbed 15 against SPU on Feb. 18.
Week of Dec. 17-23: John Allen, Western Washington (G, 190, Sr., Brier, WA - Mountlake Terrace) scored 47 points leading the Vikings to wins over 14th ranked Drury (72-69) and Central Oklahoma (103-74) in the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas. Allen, who was named the tournament's MVP, made 14 of 28 shots, including nine of 17 three-point shots. He also had six assists and three steals. The two wins extended WWU's win streak to 15, matching the second longest in school and GNAC history.
Week of Dec. 24-30: Paul Jones, Western Washington (F, 6-4, Sr., Kent, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 26 points and also had six rebounds and a pair of blocks to lead Western Washington to a 98-62 win over Thompson Rivers Sunday as the Vikings extended their win streak to 16. That is the second longest win streak in GNAC history and is also the second longest in WWU school history. The Vikings have also won 15 straight home games, which equals the sixth longest streak in conference history.
GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK: Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball). Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - Western Washington (Women's Soccer). Nov. 5-11 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Nov. 12-18 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Nov. 19-25 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's Basketball). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball). Dec. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Women's Basketball). Dec. 17-23 - Western Washington (Women's Basketball). Dec. 24-30 - MSU Billings (Women's Basketball). Dec. 31-Jan. 8 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball).
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