Vikings host Seattle Pacific on Wednesday, MSUB on Saturday

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Tony Dominguez
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Tony Dominguez
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Jan. 13, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to extend a school-record 36-game home court winning streak, the nationally ranked Western Washington University men's basketball team completes a stretch of three contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus with Great Northwest Athletic Conference counters against Seattle Pacific on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Montana State Billings on Saturday (7 p.m.).

The Vikings, 10-3 overall, all alone atop the conference standings at 4-1, and ranked No.19 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, opened the home stand with an 82-69 win over Simon Fraser on Saturday.

THE LAST MEETING
NCAA II West Regional - Championship Game - Seattle Pacific58
Western Washington62
March 19, 2013
BELLINGHAM
NCAA DIVISION II MEN'S WEST REGIONAL - CHAMPIONSHIP - Western Washington 62, Seattle Pacific 58
Tourney Most Outstanding Player Richard Woodworth (Jr., Bellevue/Newport) had a team-high 15 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 7.7 seconds left, lifting defending national champion Western Washington University to a 62-58 victory over Seattle Pacific University on Tuesday in the championship game of the West Regional of the 2013 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament before a crowd of 2,521 at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the campus of host Western Washington University.

THE LAST MEETING
Montana State Billings69
Western Washington86
January 31, 2013
BELLINGHAM
WWU wins again, streak now at 25 following 86-69 victory over MSUB
Forward Paul Jones scored a team-high 19 points as nationally ranked Western Washington University tied a 41-year-old school record with 20 consecutive home court victories, defeating Montana State University Billings, 86-69, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

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 have won a program-best 36 straight games at Carver Gym. Their last loss there was 83-73 to Western Oregon on Jan. 7, 2012. They also have a string of 19 consecutive home victories against GNAC foes, one short of the conference standard they set from 2004-07.

WWU is 9-0 at home this season, one of those wins being 72-69 over then nationally No.1-ranked Metro State CO on Nov. 30.

WWU leads NCAA II nationally in blocked shots per game at 6.7 and is fourth in total blocks with 87. The Vikings are 11th in scoring offense at 89.8 and 14th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.4.

WWU tops the GNAC in scoring offense (89.8), 3-point percentage defense, field-goal percentage defense (42.3), blocks (6.7) and rebounding margin (6.8).

AUSTIN AND ANYE: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks 15th nationally and tops the GNAC in double-doubles (points and rebounds) with seven after leading the conference last year with eight. He has accomplished that feat in each of his last three games and in four of his last five.

In the win over Simon Fraser, Bragg had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.

Bragg leads the GNAC in rebounds at 9.3 and is second in blocked shots at 2.4, while averaging 17.7 points on 60.0 percent (81-of-135) field-goal shooting. 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.

Junior forward Anye Turner is averaging 10.1 points on 58.1 percent floor accuracy (50-of-86) and 8.6 rebounds. He had 22 points and 15 rebounds, his third double-double of the campaign, against Simon Fraser.

Turner grabbed 20 rebounds in a win over Thompson Rivers on Dec. 17, tying the most by a WWU player since 2003 and five short of the school record.

Bragg and Turner rank one-two among GNAC leaders in rebounds (9.9 and 8.6), two-three in blocks (2.4 and 1.7) and one-four in offensive rebounds (3.7 and 2.7).

WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth, who leads WWU in scoring average at 17.1 points per game, did not play against Simon Fraser after suffering a sprained left ankle at Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 4. 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 on Jan. 2. His current total is 1,017. He scored a career-high 30, 24 in the second half, versus Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 21.

HARRIS AND PARKER: Senior guard Robert Harris, Jr., a transfer from NCAA I Idaho, is averaging 10.5 points; and redshirt freshman forward Jeffrey Parker is averaging 8.5 points on 40.4 percent (21-of-52) shooting from beyond the arc.

UPCOMING GAMES:

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

SEATTLE PACIFIC: The Falcons, who have made nine straight NCAA tournament appearances, the longest current string of any Division II school, are 13-4 overall and 4-2 in GNAC action. They lead the GNAC in field goal shooting (51.0 percent, 11th nationally) and 3-point accuracy (42.2, 10th nationally). SPU is led by first-team GNAC all-star 6-2 senior guard David Downs (20.9 ppg, 4.5 apg, 54.4 FG Pct., 86.4 FT Pct., 55.3 3-pt. Pct., 52-of-94 - 14th nationally and leads GNAC ), GNAC Defensive Player of the Year 6-4 junior guard Riley Stockton (6.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.4 spg), second-team GNAC all-star 6-8 senior forward Patrick Simon (15.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 46.3 3-pt. Pct., 37-of-80) and 6-8 junior center Cory Hutsen (12.8 ppg, 54.7 FG Pct.). A top newcomer for coach Ryan Looney (5th year, 105-32; 10th overall, 200-87) is 6-5 junior forward Matt Borton (6.8 ppg, 4.2 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.

MONTANA STATE BILLINGS: The Yellowjackets are 7-7 overall (Jan. 16 at Simon Fraser) and 3-3 in GNAC play. They have made three consecutive GNAC tournament appearances, winning the title in 2012. The top returnee for coach Jamie Stevens (3rd year, 41-33) is 5-11 senior guard Kalob Hatcher (11.6 ppg, 6.6 apg, .457 3-pt. Pct. - 16-of-35), an honorable mention GNAC all-star who leads the conference and ranks 12th nationally in assists. Also back is 6-2 senior guard Devon Wallace (7.1 ppg). Three talented transfers are 6-6 senior forward Jonathan Mesghna (13.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg) from NCAA I Maine, 6-7 junior forward Austin Hudson (11.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, .678 FG Pct.) from Central Wyoming and 6-7 junior forward Connor Donaldson from Everett CC where he was a NWAACC Northern Region all-star. WWU holds a 16-3 series advantage.

SCHREIBER OUT SIX TO EIGHT WEEKS: Redshirt freshman Joey Schreiber, a starting forward, will be out six to eight weeks with facial fractures sustained in last Saturday's 82-69 win over Simon Fraser. Schreiber was injured just 23 seconds into the second half of that contest, catching an inadvertent elbow from a SFU player while going for a rebound. He sustained fractures to the eye socket and sinus area on the right side of his face. The 6-foot-7, 200-pound Schreiber has played in all 13 games for the Vikings this season, making 11 starts. He was averaging 12.0 points a game, shooting 50.5 percent (55-of-109) from the field, including 40.4 percent (19-of-47) from 3-point range. Schreiber had eight double-figure scoring games with a high of 23 points in a 67-66 win over Western Oregon on Dec. 5.

ABE ELIGIBLE: Redshirt freshman forward Dana Abe has received eligibility clearance and will play in the Seattle Pacific contest. Abe was an all-Metro League pick as a senior at O'Dea High School in Seattle, averaging 18.0 points and 8.0 rebounds on a team that finished 20-8 and placed sixth at the Class 3A state tournament.

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.

Jan. 11 - Bragg and Turner combined for 52 points, 32 rebounds and five blocked shots in 82-69 win over Simon Fraser.

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, which won its first eight games, all at home, 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.9, on Dec. 21, and 86-69 to No.6-ranked Tarleton State TX on Dec. 22 ... WWU's losses at Alaska Fairbanks in each of the last two years are the Vikings' only setbacks in their last 25 GNAC games dating back to an 89-82 road loss at Central Washington 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, 41-6, .872) 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 Jeffrey Parker, 6-6, R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian

F Colby Mitchell, 6-7, Jr., JC, Chugiak, AK/Chugiak/Mount Hood CC G Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur G Mark Hopkins, 6-3, Jr., JC, San Antonio, TX/Randolph/Temple JC/ Schreiner G Dana Abe, 6-4, R-Fr., Seattle, WA/O'Dea G Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC INJ Joey Schreiber, 6-7, R-Fr., Renton, WA/Eastside Catholic

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RECENT GAME SUMMARY:

Jan. 11 - WWU 82, Simon Fraser 69 at Bellingham, WA

Bragg and Turner combined for 52 points and 32 rebounds as WWU defeated Simon Fraser, 82-69, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Bragg had career-highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Turner had a career-high 22 points and added 15 rebounds as the Vikings, ranked No.20 nationally, improved to 10-3 overall and remained tied for first in the GNAC at 4-1. It was a school-record 36th consecutive home victory for the Vikings, and the 19th straight in GNAC games, one short of the conference record set by WWU in 2004-07. Simon Fraser fell to 7-6 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC with its fifth loss in the last six games. Taylor Dunn led the Clan with 18 points, and Ibrahim Appiah added 17 points and 13 rebounds. The Vikings trailed by seven, 46-39, a little less than four minutes into the second half. But full-court pressure triggered a 13-0 run, with Bragg and Turner each getting four points, giving WWU a 52-46 advantage with 13:14 to play. SFU, which had 12 turnovers for the game, committed five of them in less than four minutes after WWU applied the pressure. Dunn hit a 3-pointer and a layin to narrow the margin to two, 53-51, with 11:53 to play, but a Bragg 3-pointer triggered an 18-3 charge that put the Vikings up 71-54 with 7:17 remaining, and the margin was never less than 12 after that. The Vikings made their second-half rally despite being without two regular starters. Woodworth missed the contest because of a sprained ankle, and Schreiber left 23 seconds into the second half and did not return because of a possible concussion after taking a blow to the head. Parker had 10 points for the Vikings, who shot 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field. Bragg was 12-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, in notching his third consecutive double-double and his seventh of the season. Turner was 10-of-18 from the floor.

Falcons, Vikings Play For GNAC Lead Wednesday on ROOT

PORTLAND, Ore. - Western Washington and Seattle Pacific play for the early lead in the GNAC men's basketball race Wednesday.

The two schools, who have each won or shared five GNAC regular-season or post-season titles in the 13-year history of the conference, tip the contest off at 7 p.m. in WWU's Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The game will be televised live on ROOT SPORTS with Brad Adam calling the action and Dave Harshman providing the color commentary.

Western Washington (10-3, 4-1) has won the past two GNAC regular-season titles and takes a one-half game lead over the Falcons (13-4, 4-2), the 2013 GNAC post-season champions, into the game.

The Vikings are ranked 19th in this week's NABC Division II national poll, while the Falcons are among "others receiving votes" and are 29th overall.

SPU is one of four GNAC teams with two losses including Alaska Fairbanks (8-5, 3-2), Central Washington (7-6, 3-2) and Northwest Nazarene (5-8, 3-2). All four are within at least one game of the Vikings in the standings.

Three more teams - Western Oregon (10-6, 3-3), Montana State Billings (10-6, 3-3) and Alaska Anchorage (9-7, 2-3) - have three conference losses each.

Western Washington is coming off a 82-69 victory Saturday against Simon Fraser, extending its home game win streak to a GNAC-record 36 games. Center Austin Bragg had 30 points and 17 rebounds in that contest. Both numbers are career-highs.

The Vikings also were led by Anye Turner, who had a career-high 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Bragg comes into the contest ranked 22nd in Division II in rebounds (9.9 per game) and 23rd in blocked shots (2.38). He also ranks fifth in the conference in scoring (17.7) and is the conference leader in double-doubles (7) and 10-rebound games (8).

As a team, the Vikings rank No. 1 in Division II in blocked shots, averaging 6.7 per game.

WWU also ranks 11th nationally in scoring (89.8) and 14th nationally in three-point percentage defense (28.4). Coincidentally, Seattle Pacific ranks 14th in three-point percentage offense shooting 42.2 percent.

The Falcons are led in scoring by David Downs, who ranks second in the conference in scoring (20.9) and is the GNAC leader in 20-point games with 12, including a current streak of five in a row.

Nationally, Downs ranks fourth in three-point percentage, converting on 55.3 percent. He is on pace to break the GNAC single-season record of 53.1 set by Central Washington's Brandon Foote during the 2007-08 season.

SPU ranks in the Top 10 nationally in two team categories. They are third in fewest turnovers (8.9) and ninth in assist/turnover ratio (1.59).

Other teams ranked in the Top 10 include Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. The Seawolves are second in free throw percentage (81.4), third in assist/turnover ratio (1.99) and three-pointers (12.8) and fourth in fewest turnovers (9.0), right behind SPU.

The Nanooks rank sixth in fewest fouls (15.1) and 10th in fewest turnovers (9.9).

Individually, Mark McLaughlin of Central Washington is the highest ranked player. He is second in Division II in scoring (26.3). In conference games, he is averaging 29.4 points per game.

Travis Thompson of Alaska Anchorage ranks fourth in free throw percentage (93.2) and 10th in three-pointers (3.69). UAA's Kyle Fossman ranks eighth in three-pointers (3.75). JB Pillard of Central Washington ranks 10th in field goal percentage (68.3).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 12): Team: Scoring - 11. Western Washington 89.8; 12. Alaska Anchorage 89.4. Scoring Margin - 26. Alaska Anchorage 13.6. Field Goal PCT. - 11. Seattle Pacific 51.0. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.8; 15. Northwest Nazarene 10.2; 23. Simon Fraser 9.5. Three-Point PCT. - 14. Seattle Pacific 42.2. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 14. Western Washington 28.4. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 81.4; 26. Central Washington 75.9. Assists - 18. Alaska Anchorage 17.9. Assist/TO Ratio - 3. Alaska Anchorage 1.99; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.59; 17. Alaska Fairbanks 1.49; 18. MSU Billings 1.46. Steals - 11. Western Oregon 9.7. Blocked Shots - 1. Western Washington 6.7. Fewest Turnovers - 3. Seattle Pacific 8.9; 4. Alaska Anchorage 9.0; 10. Alaska Fairbanks 9.9; 20. MSU Billings 10.4; 30. Central Washington 10.9. Turnover Margin - 14. Alaska Fairbanks 4.8. Fewest Fouls - 6. Alaska Fairbanks 15.1; 14. Northwest Nazarene 16.2; 16. Seattle Pacific 16.2. Individuals: Scoring - 2. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.3. Field Goal PCT. - 10. JB Pillard, CWU, 68.3; 28. Marwan Sarhan, WOU, 62.0. Three-Point FGs - 8. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.75; 10. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.69. Three-Point PCT. - 4. David Downs, SPU, 55.3; 14. Michael Loomis, NNU, 49.3. Free Throw PCT.. - 4. Travis Thompson, UAA, 93.2. Rebounds - 22. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.9. Assists - 12. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.6; 14. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.4. Blocked Shots - 21. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.45; 23. Austin Bragg, WWU, 2.38. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.30.

Central Washington, Northwest Nazarene Head to Alaska

Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene, both coming off two home wins, travel to Alaska this week for a pair of contests.

On Thursday, the Wildcats play at Alaska Fairbanks and the Crusaders take on Alaska Anchorage. Montana State Billings, meanwhile, travels to Burnaby to face Simon Fraser.

Saturday's conference schedule will feature Central Washington at Alaska Anchorage, Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Fairbanks, MSU Billings at Western Washington, Saint Martin's at Western Oregon and Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser.

Western Washington Home Win Streak at 36

Western Washington takes a GNAC-record 36-game home win streak into Wednesday's ROOT Sports game against Seattle Pacific at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The Vikings have also won 19 straight conference home games, which is one shy of their own GNAC record set between Dec. 2, 2004 and Jan. 20, 2007.

Seattle Pacific extended its home win streak in conference games to 12 with two wins last weekend. That is the fourth longest streak in conference history

In all games, Western Washington (9-0) and Alaska Fairbanks (6-0)are the lone remaining unbeaten teams at home this season in the GNAC.

From The Record Book

Central Washington's Mark McLaughlin, who scored 66 points in two games to earn GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week honors for the second time this season, matched the third best individual single-game free throw performance in GNAC history by making 16 of 16 in a 106-103 double overtime win Saturday against Western Oregon.

Ryan Diggs of Western Washington made 19 without a miss against Sonoma State on Nov. 25, 2005 and Saint Martin's Jake Linton converted on 18 of 18 against Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 3, 2008.

As a team, CWU converted on 32 of 34 against the Wolves, the second best percentage by a team with two or more misses. Western Washington made 46 of 48 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 17, 2005.

Michael Loomis of Northwest Nazarene made seven three-pointers with just one miss Thursday in a 85-77 win over Western Oregon equaling the second highest total in GNAC history for most three-pointers with just a single miss. Loomis finished the contest with 33 points.

Robert Hicks of Central Washington had eight in nine attempts against Humboldt State on Jan. 26, 2006.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 9 (Jan. 14, 2014)

                    Conference         All
                    W	L	W	L         H	A	N
Western Washington  4	1	10	3	9-0	1-1	0-2
Seattle Pacific     4	2	13	4	7-1	0-3	6-0
Alaska Fairbanks    3	2	8	5	6-0	1-3	1-2
Central Washington  3	2	7	6	5-1	1-2	1-3
Northwest Nazarene  3	2	5	8	4-5	1-2	0-1
Western Oregon      3	3	10	6	7-1	1-4	2-1
MSU Billings        3	3	7	7	5-3	1-3	1-1
Alaska Anchorage    2	3	9	7	7-4	0-2	2-1
Saint Martin's      2	4	5	9	3-1	2-5	0-2
Simon Fraser        0	5	7	6	6-2	1-3	0-0

Region Records - Western Washington 7-2, Seattle Pacific 9-4, Alaska Anchorage 5-4, Alaska Fairbanks 6-5, Central Washington 5-4, Western Oregon 6-6, MSU Billings 4-6, Simon Fraser 3-6, Northwest Nazarene 3-6, Saint Martin's 3-9, 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 - Alaska Anchorage 67 at MSU Billings 75; Alaska Fairbanks 46 at Seattle Pacific 66; Saint Martin's 77 at Central Washington 83; Western Oregon 77 at Northwest Nazarene 85. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 74 at Seattle Pacific 81; Alaska Fairbanks 79 at MSU Billings 70; Western Oregon 103 at Central Washington 106 (2ot); Saint Martin's 76 at Northwest Nazarene 80; Simon Fraser 69 at Western Washington 82.

THIS WEEK: Wednesday - Seattle Pacific at Western Washington (ROOT Sports). Thursday - Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Anchorage; Central Washington at Alaska Fairbanks; MSU Billings at Simon Fraser. Saturday - Central Washington at Alaska Anchorage; Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Western Washington; Saint Martin's at Western Oregon, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser. (All games begin at 7 p.m. except where noted).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 12): Team: Scoring - 11. Western Washington 89.8; 12. Alaska Anchorage 89.4. Scoring Margin - 26. Alaska Anchorage 13.6. Field Goal PCT. - 11. Seattle Pacific 51.0. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.8; 15. Northwest Nazarene 10.2; 23. Simon Fraser 9.5. Three-Point PCT. - 14. Seattle Pacific 42.2. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 14. Western Washington 28.4. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 81.4; 26. Central Washington 75.9. Assists - 18. Alaska Anchorage 17.9. Assist/TO Ratio - 3. Alaska Anchorage 1.99; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.59; 17. Alaska Fairbanks 1.49; 18. MSU Billings 1.46. Steals - 11. Western Oregon 9.7. Blocked Shots - 1. Western Washington 6.7. Fewest Turnovers - 3. Seattle Pacific 8.9; 4. Alaska Anchorage 9.0; 10. Alaska Fairbanks 9.9; 20. MSU Billings 10.4; 30. Central Washington 10.9. Turnover Margin - 14. Alaska Fairbanks 4.8. Fewest Fouls - 6. Alaska Fairbanks 15.1; 14. Northwest Nazarene 16.2; 16. Seattle Pacific 16.2. Individuals: Scoring - 2. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.3. Field Goal PCT. - 10. JB Pillard, CWU, 68.3; 28. Marwan Sarhan, WOU, 62.0. Three-Point FGs - 8. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.75; 10. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.69. Three-Point PCT. - 4. David Downs, SPU, 55.3; 14. Michael Loomis, NNU, 49.3. Free Throw PCT.. - 4. Travis Thompson, UAA, 93.2. Rebounds - 22. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.9. Assists - 12. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.6; 14. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.4. Blocked Shots - 21. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.45; 23. Austin Bragg, WWU, 2.38. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.30.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Jan. 12): 7 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 4 - Kevin Davis, CWU. 3 - JB Pillard, CWU. 2 - Austin Hudson, MSUB; Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Andrew Kelly, UAF; Teancum Stafford, UAA; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Anye Turner, WWU. 1 - Five with.

30-POINT GAMES (Through Jan. 12): 4 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 3 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 2 - Patrick Simon, SPU. 1 - Austin Bragg, WWU, David Downs, SPU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Richard Woodworth, WWU.

20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Jan. 12): 12 - David Downs, SPU. 10 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Travis Thompson, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Brian McGill, UAA. 5 - Austin Bragg, WWU; Richard Woodworth, WWU.

10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Jan. 12): 8 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 5 - Kevin Davis, CWU. 4 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 3 - Andrew Kelly, UAF; JB Pillard, CWU; Kevin Rima, NNU; Anye Turner, WWU.

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: Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) scored 66 points, including 39 in a 106-103 double overtime win over Western Oregon. McLaughlin, who is averaging nearly 30 points per game (29.4) in five conference contests and 26.3 overall, made seven of nine three-pointers in the two contests, including a trey with 10 seconds left in the first overtime to force the second extra five-minute period against WOU. Overall, he connected on 17 of 34 shots and 25 of 26 foul shots, including 16 of 16 against the Wolves.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Mark Morris & Clark CC) had career highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds as the Vikings ran their GNAC-record home win streak to 36 with 82-69 win over Simon Fraser Saturday. Bragg, who made 12 of 20 shots, including three of four three-pointers, also had three assists, three blocks and three steals ... David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) scored 44 points in two games, extending his string of 20-point games to five. Downs made 12 of 18 field goal attempts, including five of 10 three-pointers. He also converted on 15 of 17 free throws and had six assists ... Michael Loomis, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-6, Fr., Tualatin, OR - Horizon Christian) scored 37 points, including 33 in Thursday's 85-77 win over Western Oregon. Loomis made nine of 15 field goals, including seven of eight three-pointers against the Wolves. He also had 14 rebounds, including eight in Saturday's contest.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Ronnie Baker, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-3, Sr., Vallejo, CA - Diablo Valley CC) scored 29 points and had nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals as the Nanooks split two road games. He had a career-high seven assists and tied his career high with four steals in Saturday's 79-70 win over MSU Billings as the Nanooks won for the first time at Billings in three years ... Isaac Bianchini, Saint Martin's (G, 6-0. Fr., Sedro Woolley, WA) scored 33 points converting on 11 of 21 three-pointers. Bianchini made five of nine treys in a 83-77 loss at Central Washington and converted on six of 12 treys in a 80-76 loss at Northwest Nazarene.

HOME STREAKS: Western Washington takes a GNAC-record 36-game home win streak into Wednesday's ROOT Sports game against Seattle Pacific at Sam Carver Gymnasium. The Vikings have also won 19 straight conference home games, which is one shy of their own GNAC record set between Dec. 2, 2004 and Jan. 20, 2007. Seattle Pacific extended its home win streak in conference games to 12 with two wins last weekend. That is the fourth longest streak in conference history ... In all games, Western Washington (9-0) and Alaska Fairbanks (6-0), which hosts Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene this Thursday and Saturday, respectively, are the lone remaining unbeaten teams at home this season in the GNAC.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Central Washington's Mark McLaughlin matched the third best individual single-game free throw performance in GNAC history by making 16 of 16 against Western Oregon. Ryan Diggs of Western Washington made 19 without a miss against Sonoma State on Nov. 25, 2005 and Saint Martin's Jake Linton converted on 18 of 18 against Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 3, 2008. As a team, CWU converted on 32 of 34, the second best percentage by a team with two or more misses. Western Washington made 46 of 48 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 17, 2005 ...Loomis' seven three-pointers with just one miss equaled the second highest total in GNAC history for most three-pointers with just a single miss. Robert Hicks of Central Washington had eight in nine attempts against Humboldt State on Jan. 26, 2006.

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. Adam will provide the play-by-play for the four games in Bellingham and the Jan. 23 Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's game, while Akamian will do the play-by-play for three contests. Dave Harshman will provide color for all eight contests.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT TV SCHEDULE (Talent): MEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15 - Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7 p.m. (Adam, Harshman). Thursday, Jan. 23 - Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's, 9 p.m. (Adam, Harshman). Saturday, Feb. 1 - Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington, 9 p.m. (Adam, Harshman). Saturday, Feb. 8 - Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5 p.m. (Akamian, Harshman). Saturday, Feb. 22 - Central Washington at Western Washington, 7 p.m. (Adam, Harshman). Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. (Akamian, Harshman). WOMEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 - MSU Billings 57 at Seattle Pacific 63 (Akamian, Harshman). Saturday, Mar. 1 - Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 3 p.m. (Adam, Harshman).

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Brian McGill scored 36 points, including 23 against MSU Billings, and Travis Thompson netted 34, 21 against the Yellowjackets, in a pair of road losses. He was perfect from the foul line making 15 of 15. Thompson, who ranks 12th in GNAC history in career three-point percentage (44.1), was just three of 16 from the arc.

Alaska Fairbanks: Sergej Pucar had team highs of 30 points and two blocks and also had 10 rebounds as the Nanooks split two road games The Nanooks also got 29 points and eight assists from Ronnie Baker and a team-high 11 rebounds from Andrew Kelly.

Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin (39 points, 11 rebounds), Kevin Davis (25 points, 11 rebounds) and JB Pillard (15 points, 13 rebounds) all had double-doubles in a 106-103 double-overtime win against Western Oregon. Davis also had a double-double in a 83-77 win over Saint Martin's, finishing the weekend with 38 points, 24 rebounds and nine blocked shots. Thirteen of his rebounds came off the offensive glass. The two wins earned the Wildcats GNAC Team of the Week honors.

Montana State Billings: Austin Hudson scored 35 points and Kalob Hatcher had 32 points and 15 assists as the Yellowjackets split a pair of home contests. Hudson made 12 of 18 shots, while Hatcher converted on nine of 16 shots. Devon Wallace led MSUB in both rebounds (12) and steals (6).

Northwest Nazarene: The Crusaders shot 58.8 percent from the arc (30 of 51) in sweeping home games against Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Against the Wolves, they cashed in on 16 of 25 three-pointers. They then made 14 of 26 against the Saints rallying from a 14-point halftime deficit. Michael Loomis (37 points, 14 rebounds), Grayson Moore (33 points, 9 rebounds) and Kevin Rima (31 points, 12 rebounds) combined for 101 of the Crusaders' 165 points and 35 of its 60 rebounds. Moore also had team-highs for assists (10), blocks (2) and steals (4).

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter netted 36 points, including 23 in Thursday's loss at Central Washington. Coulter also had 10 rebounds and a team-high eight assists. Tyler Copp also had eight assists and Ryan Rogers led the Saints with 11 rebounds. Isaac Bianchini scored 33 points, all on three-pointers (11 of 21), producing back-to-back career highs (15 at CWU and 18 at Northwest Nazarene).

Seattle Pacific: David Downs had 23 points against Alaska Fairbanks and 21 against Alaska Anchorage, recording his league-best 11th and 12th 20-point games of the season. The Falcons also got 23 points from Patrick Simon and 21 each from Mitch Penner and Cory Hutsen, recording their 11th and 12th consecutive conference home game victories.

Simon Fraser: Taylor Dunn scored 18 points and Ibrahim Appiah had 17 points and 13 rebounds, increasing his career total in the latter category to 499, in a 82-69 road loss at Western Washington. The Clan, which also got 14 points from Justin Cole and 11 from Sango Niang, led the first-place Vikings 36-34 at halftime before being outscored 48-33 after the break.

Western Oregon: Andy Avgi and Rodney Webster combined for 82 points in a pair of road losses at Northwest Nazarene (85-77) and Central Washington (106-103 in double overtime). Avgi scored 42 points, connecting on 15 of 22 shots, including both of his three-point attempts. He also had 10 rebounds. Webster had 40 points and a team-high eight assists. The Wolves were outscored 66-42 from the three-point line, making just 14 of 51, while allowing the Crusaders and Wildcats to shoot 55.0 percent (22 of 40).

Western Washington: Austin Bragg (career-high 30 points, career-high 17 rebounds) and Anye Turner (career-high 22 points, 15 rebounds) had double-doubles to lead the Vikings to a 82-69 home win against Simon Fraser extending their home win streak to 36 and their conference home win streak to 19. WWU played the game with starter Richard Woodworth (ankle injury) and played most of the second half without starter Joey Schrieber, who sustained a facial fracture in the opening minute of the second period and will be out for six-to-eight weeks.

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 0-3, 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.

Week of Dec. 30-Jan. 5: 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.