Western looks to improve road performance

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Craig Roosendaal
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Jan. 12, 2004

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UPDATE: The Western Washington University men's basketball team goes on the road for a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference games this week, hoping to find the level of performance away from home that they've had at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Vikings, 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the GNAC (tied for fifth place), visit Northwest Nazarene on Thurs., Jan. 15 (7 p.m. MST), then face Seattle U. on Sat., Jan. 17 (7 p.m.). Northwest Nazarene, which won just five games in 2002-03, is 7-4 overall and 2-1 in the GNAC. Seattle, which beat Western twice last season, is 5-7 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

The Vikings are 7-1 at home this season, but just 1-4 on the road, having dropped their last four contests away from Carver Gym.

Western split a pair of home games last week against two teams currently tied for first place in the GNAC, falling to National Association of Basketball Coaches/Division II Bulletin No.2-ranked Humboldt State, 102-100, in double overtime on Jan. 8, then beating Western Oregon, 86-77, on Jan. 10.

The Vikings are second in the GNAC in scoring at 89.8 points a game, but are ninth in the 10-school conference in scoring defense, allowing 83.5 points a contest. They also are second in rebounding margin (3.8), and are tied for second in 3-point makes (8.85).

Leading the way for Western is sophomore forward Grant Dykstra, who tops the team in points (16.6 avg.), rebounds (5.8), and steals (2.1, fourth in the GNAC). Dykstra, who has reached double figures in scoring in eight consecutive games, is 32-of-71 (45.1 percent) on 3-pointers. He scored 28 points and had five steals in the loss to Humboldt State and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds against Western Oregon.

Guards Jason Burrell and Ryan Diggs are also averaging double figures. Burrell, a senior, contributes 14.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and a team-best 4.6 assists a contest, eighth in the league. Burrell, who needs just seven more assists to become the 12th Viking to reach 300 for his career, is shooting 54.2 percent (52-of-96) from the field, including 45.8 percent (11-of-24) on 3-pointers, and 84.6 percent (77-of-91) at the free throw line, second in the GNAC.

Diggs, a sophomore, is averaging 14.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

Also in double figures is junior forward Craig Roosendaal, who contributes 11.7 points and 3.0 rebounds. Roosendaal, who has scored double figures in six straight games, had 25 points against Humboldt State, hitting 7-of-10 3-pointers. He ranks fourth among conference leaders in 3-point makes with 29.

Completing the starting lineup is junior center Rod Picou, who averages 8.0 points and 5.0 rebounds. Making significant contributions off the bench are freshman center Grant Assink, who averages 8.3 points while shooting 58.9 percent (43-of-73) from the field (sixth best in the league), and a team-best 87.5 percent (21-of-24) on free throws; and sophomore guard Kyle Jackson, who averages 7.8 points and 2.3 assists and has hit 12-of-24 3-pointers.

Thursday's game at Northwest Nazarene is the 550th collegiate contest for Western coach Brad Jackson. Jackson, who in his 19th season, is the school's most successful coach in both victories and winning percentage (.627), with a career record of 344-205.

UPCOMING GAMES:

Jan. 15 (Thu.) at Northwest Nazarene* (Nampa, ID, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 17 (Sat.) at Seattle U.*@ (Seattle - Connolly Center, 7 p.m.)
Jan. 21 (Wed.) SAINT MARTIN'S*@ (CARVER GYM, 7 P.M.)
Jan. 24 (Sat.) CENTRAL WASHINGTON*@ (CARVER GYM, 7 P.M.)
*Great Northwest Athletic Conference counter
@broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM - Bellingham) and internet (wwuvikings.com)

DYKSTRA SIZZLING: Dykstra has been on fire over the last seven games, and not just with his scoring. Starting with a career-high 30-point performance against Western Baptist, Dykstra has averaged 22.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals a game, also establishing career highs in rebounds with 11 against Humboldt State and steals with five on two occasions. During that span, Dykstra has shot 53.8 percent (57-of-106) from the field, including 54.5 percent (24-of-44) accuracy from 3-point range.

Dykstra, who has started all 40 games over the last season-and-a-half, averaged 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists as a freshman. He was named Class 2A State Player of the Year as a senior at Lynden Christian High School.

THREE-DOT NOTES: Roosendaal, who returned to the lineup after missing two games with a foot injury, averaged 19.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in last week's games, shooting 15-of-27 from the field, including 9-of-15 on 3-pointers ... The Vikings have scored 100 points or more four times, but have also given up triple digits a school-record four times. Twice both teams have reached the century mark, with the 107-100 victory over Western Baptist being the first time in school history the feat had been accomplished in regulation time ... Western is shooting 40.8 percent (115-of-282) on 3-pointers. The school record of 41.5 percent was set in 1986-87, the first year of the 3-point shot ... The Vikings are 0-4 when being outrebounded.

Thirteen games into the season, Burrell is on pace to break one of the Western's oldest school records. He already has made 77 free throws (91 attempts, .846). The standard is 162 set by Ron Crowe during the 1959-60 season.

The loss to Humboldt State was just the third time in school history that Western had scored 100 or more points and lost. The Vikings have reached the century mark in 96 games, all three of the setbacks coming in double overtime ... Western's back-to-back overtime games against Pacific Lutheran and Humboldt State were the first for the Vikings since the 1997-98 season. The two overtimes versus Humboldt State were the most for Western since that same campaign when the Vikings suffered a 112-104 triple overtime loss to Brigham Young-Hawaii after beating Hawaii Pacific, 102-97, in double overtime two days earlier.

Western is 1-4 on the road and 7-1 at home ... After having a different starting lineup for three straight games, the Vikings went back to the same first five last week as they had in the first eight games of the season. Only Burrell and Dykstra have started all 13 games, and Dykstra now has a streak of 40 consecutive starts ... During one stretch this season, Western allowed 100 points in three straight games, the first time that has happened in school history.

Burrell was named MVP of the WWU/Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic, and Diggs also was an all-tourney pick. The Vikings won the tourney for the second straight year, and for the third time in the six-year history of the event ... Burrell notched the first triple-double in the program's history last year in a 97-79 win over Alaska Fairbanks (16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) ... In 2002-03, Diggs (10.1) and Dykstra (11.6) became the school's first freshman duo to each average double-figures in scoring in the same season.

Picou was an honorable mention Coast Conference all-star last year at Skyline CC, averaging 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Roosendaal was the MVP of the NWAACC Northern Division while attending Edmonds CC, averaging 17.5 points in 55.0 percent field goal shooting and 6.4 rebounds ... James Laurence joined the Vikings' team at the conclusion of the football season. This is the second straight year that Western has had a gridiron player on its roster. Last season, all-star wide receiver Greg Dykstra played in 10 games ... The Vikings are aiming for a school-record fifth straight winning season.

GNAC PRESEASON COACHES POLL: Western was sixth in the GNAC Preseason Coaches Poll. Humboldt State was the unanimous choice to win the championship, receiving all 10 first-place votes. The Lumberjacks, who were picked to win the NCAA Division II national title by at least two sports publications, were league co-champions the last two seasons, tying with Alaska Fairbanks last year and Western and Seattle Pacific two years ago. Alaska Fairbanks edged Western Oregon by one point for second place, with Central Washington fourth and Alaska Anchorage fifth.

COACH JACKSON: Brad Jackson is in his 19th year and is the winningest coach in school history, both in total wins (344-205) and winning percentage (.627). He ranks among the top 30 active NCAA II coaches in victories. Three years ago, Jackson directed Western to a 27-4 record and the semifinals of the NCAA II National Championship, being named NABC/NCAA II West Region, Northwest small college and Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year. Five times named district/region Coach of the Year, Jackson has directed Western to 14 post-season playoff appearances, including district/region/conference championships and national tournament appearances in 1988, 1994 and 2001. He has had seven 20-win campaigns (1986-90, 1993-94, 2000-01, 2001-02).

LAST SEASON: Western finished 16-11 overall and tied for fourth in the GNAC at 10-8. The Vikings failed to reach the NCAA II West Regional, but were 4-2 against West Regional qualifiers.

RADIO BROADCASTS: Twelve Western games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play, and either Jason Stiles or Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.

ON THE WEB: For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the Western 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 WESTERN STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:

G Jason Burrell***, 6-1, Sr., Ontario, CA 14.8ppg,4.6 apg, 4.4 rpg,.542 FG Pct.,.846 FT Pct.)
G Ryan Diggs*, 6-2, So., Victorville, CA/Silverado (14.3 ppg, 4.0 apg)
C Rod Picou, 6-6, T-Jr., Oakland, CA/Castlemont/Skyline CC (8.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg)
F Craig Roosendaal, 6-7, T-Jr., Shoreline, WA/King's/Edmonds CC (11.7 ppg, .439 3-pt. pct.)
F Grant Dykstra*, 6-4, So., Everson, WA/Lynden Christian (16.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg,2.1 spg)

C Grant Assink, 6-9, Fr., Lynden, WA (8.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, .589 FG Pct., .875 FT Pct.) G Kyle Jackson*, 5-10, So., Bellingham, WA/Sehome (7.8 ppg, .528 FG Pct., .500 3-pt. pct.) F Lukas Henne, 6-6, Fr., Bremerton, WA/Central Kitsap (3.4 ppg, 2.0 rpg) G Stefan Dickason***, 6-1, Sr., Kent, WA/Kentridge (2.2 ppg) *letters

UPCOMING OPPONENT INFORMATION:

NORTHWEST NAZARENE UNIVERSITY: The Crusaders (7-4, 2-1 GNAC, 3-0 at home) have lost four of their last five games after a 6-0 start. Two starters back from last year's 5-21 squad are 6-3 sophomore guard Ryan McCarthy (10.8 ppg) and 6-9 senior center Cam Wattling (6.8 ppg, .600 FG Pct.), who received GNAC all-star honorable mention. Ed Weidenbach (8th year, 156-83), who is in the second year of his second stint as NNU head coach, brought in four talented transfers. They are 6-9 sophomore forward Mesut Ademoglu (Istanbul, Turkey, 17.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg) from Cal State Stanislaus where he averaged 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds, 6-0 junior guard Prentice Harris (15.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .558 FG Pct., .590 3-pt. Pct., 23-39) from Chaffey CC, 5-11 junior guard Derek Olich (13.2 ppg, 7.8 apg, 2.7 spg) from Columbia College, and 6-6 junior forward Daniel Nyom (11.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, . 634 FG Pct., .800 FT Pct.) from Salt Lake City College. The Crusaders are shooting 49.7 percent from the field, including 42.3 percent from 3-point range. Western leads the series 9-1, winning both meetings last year.

SEATTLE UNIVERSITY: The Redhawks (5-7, 1-2 GNAC, 3-1 at home) have lost four of their last five games after a 4-3 start. Three starters are back from last season's 16-11 team, which had the school's best winning percentage in 18 years. They are 6-3 junior guard Andy Bloom (13.9 ppg), 6-6 sophomore forward Jeffrey McDaniel (14.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .689 FG Pct.), and 6-4 senior forward Eddie Lincoln (4.5 ppg, .595 FG Pct.). Another top returnee for coach Joe Callero (3rd year, 27-41, 5th overall, 49-66) is 6-8 senior center Nic Lano (9.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg). Another addition is 6-1 redshirt freshman guard Ryan Webb (6.3 ppg, 5.4 apg). Four top newcomers include two transfers, 6-10 sophomore center Scott Rainey (6.8 ppg, .623 FG Pct.) from Cal State Santa Barbara and 6-2 junior guard Bim McKinde (5.6 ppg) from Scottsdale CC; and two freshmen - 6-8 forward Kevin Harrison (8.0 ppg) and 5-11 guard Trevonte Nelson (7.8 ppg). Western holds a 41-28 series edge, but lost both meetings last year.

GAME SUMMARIES:

Jan. 8 - Humboldt State 102, WESTERN 100 (2 OT) at Bellingham, WA

All-America forward Fred Hooks tied a career high with 40 points and reserve center Trey Shannon scored four key points in the final minute of play as nationally ranked Humboldt State held off Western, 102-100, in double overtime, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, who suffered their first home loss in seven contests this season, were led by Dykstra with 28 points, seven rebounds and five steals, and Roosendaal added a career-high 25 points and a game-high nine rebounds, hitting 7-of-10 on 3-pointers. Humboldt State, ranked No.2 in the latest NABC/Division II Bulletin Top 25, improved to 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the GNAC. Western, which led by as much as 13 in the first half, had taken a 97-94 lead with two minutes left in the second extra period, but Lumberjack forward Austin Nichols, who had 22 points, made two free throws, and then Shannon, trailing on a fastbreak, made a layin to put Humboldt State up, 98-97, with 40 seconds left. After Dykstra missed a 3-pointer, Shannon, who had just one point in the first 49 minutes of action, hit two more free throws to make the margin three, 100-97, with 20 seconds left. Western had a final chance to tie, but Burrell missed a 3-pointer from the right wing with five seconds left. Western nearly won the game in the first overtime, as Burrell, who had 11 points and nine assists, had a short jumper from the key bounce off the iron. Hooks, who last season had 29 points and 17 rebounds and hit the game-winning shot in a 73-72 triumph over the Vikings at Carver Gym, was 16-of-24 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds Saturday, scoring 36 points in regulation. Western led nearly the entire first half, using a 9-2 run to open up a 38-27 lead with 5:29 left in the period. Aided by Roosendaal scoring 17 points in the first 17 minutes, the Vikings were up by 13, 48-35, with less than a minute left in the half, but the Lumberjacks scored the final five points of the period, then the first four of the second half, to narrow the margin to four, 48-44, with 18:45 left in regulation. Western maintained the lead until a basket and free throw by guard Mark White gave Humboldt State a 69-67 lead with 6:47 left. After that, there were 14 lead changes and eight ties, with neither team leading by more than three points until the final three seconds of the second overtime. Picou had 15 points and eight rebounds for Western. Diggs added 10 points, seven rebounds and five steals as all five Viking starters reached double figures. It was the second consecutive overtime game for Western, the first time the Vikings had done that since the 1997-98 season. It was also the first multiple overtime since that year, when Western suffered a 112-104 triple overtime loss to Brigham Young-Hawaii after beating Hawaii Pacific, 102-97, in double overtime two nights earlier.

Jan. 10 - WESTERN 86, Western Oregon 77 at Bellingham, WA

Dykstra continued his recent hot streak with a team-high 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds as Western defeated Western Oregon, 86-77, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Diggs had 16 points and five assists for the Vikings, who had five players score in double figures. Western Oregon, which fell to 9-4 overall and 3-1 in the GNAC, was led by the game-high 28 points of guard Sean Kelly. Forward Robert Day, who entered the contest averaging 22.5 points a contest, was held to 11 points on 2-of-9 field-goal shooting before fouling out in the dying seconds. The Vikings held a 37-33 lead at halftime and never trailed in the second half, using a run of eight straight points, five by Diggs, to open up a 50-37 lead with 16:38 to play. The Wolves pulled to within four, 66-62, on a jumper by guard Kevin Tyner with 8:03 to go, but then went nearly three minutes without scoring, and the Vikings never led by less than seven points in the final six minutes. Western Oregon shot 51.0 percent (26-of-51) from the field and 94.7 percent (18-of-19) on free throws, but Western, which shot only 44.4 percent (28-of-63) from the floor and 70.0 percent (21-of-30) at the foul line, had a 35-27 edge in rebounds and committed eight less turnovers, 18-10. Burrell and Roosendaal each had 14 points for the Vikings, and Henne had a career-high 11 off the bench, nine in the last 10 minutes. The 11 rebounds were a career high for Dykstra, who is averaging 22.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.6 steals over the last seven games. Tyner had 15 points and six assists for the Wolves, and forward Evan Kieling added 14 points.

VIKINGS BY THE NUMBERS

Leading at the half, 7-1
Trailing at the half, 1-3
Tied at the half, 0-1
In Overtime, 1-1

Shooting 50% or better, 1-1 Shooting 40-49.9%, 6-2 Shooting less than 40%, 1-2

Opponent shoots 50% or better, 3-4 Opponent shoots 40-49.9%, 2-1 Opponent shoots less than 40%, 3-0

WWU outrebounds opponent, 7-1 Opponent outrebounds WWU, 0-4 Teams are tied in rebounds, 1-0

Makes 0-4 three-pointers, 2-0 Makes 5-7 three-pointers, 2-0 Makes 8 or more three-pointers, 4-5

WWU shoots more FTs, 7-1 Opponent shoots more FTs, 1-4 Teams shoot same number of FTs, 0-0

WWU bench outscores opponent bench, 5-0 Opponent bench outscores WWU bench, 3-5 Benches score same number of points, 0-0

WWU commits fewer TOs than opponents, 6-2 Opponents commit fewer TOs than WWU, 1-3 Teams commit same amount of TOs, 1-0

WWU commits 15 or fewer TOs, 5-2 WWU commits more than 15 TOs, 3-3

Opponent ranked in Top 25 Coaches Poll, 0-2 Scoring less than 50 points, 0-0 Scoring 50-59 points, 0-0 Scoring 60-69 points, 0-0 Scoring 70-79 points, 1-1 Scoring 80-89 points, 3-1 Scoring 90-99 points, 1-2 Scoring 100 points or more, 3-1

Allowing 50 points or less, 0-0 Allowing 50-59 points, 0-0 Allowing 60-69 points, 3-0 Allowing 70-79 points, 3-0 Allowing 80-89 points, 1-1 Allowing 90-99 points, 0-1 Allowing 100 points or more, 1-3

Game is decided by 1-4 points, 0-1 Game is decided by 5-10 points, 4-2 Game is decided by 11 or more points, 4-2

Playing a day game, 0-0 Playing a night game, 8-5

In November, 4-0 In December, 3-4 In January, 1-1 In February, 0-0 In March, 0-0

On Sunday, 0-0 On Monday, 3-0 On Tuesday, 0-0 On Wednesday, 0-1 On Thursday, 1-1 On Friday, 1-1 On Saturday, 3-2