Jan. 21, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Just one-half game out of the conference lead, the Western Washington University men's basketball team goes on the road to face Central Washington University on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday (7 p.m.) in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action.
The Vikings, who were not listed in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012, are 11-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play after splitting a pair of GNAC home games last week. They defeated Montana State Billings, 84-71, after losing to Seattle Pacific, 76-60, in a regionally televised game on ROOT Sports.
The WWU/CWU contest will be broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM-Bellingham) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. Lives stats and video streams of both games are available at wwuvikings.com.
The Seattle Pacific loss snapped a school-record, 36-game home court winning streak that had lasted since Jan. 7, 2012. The setback also ended a string of 19 consecutive victories at Carver Gym against GNAC foes, one short of the conference standard the Vikings set from 2004-07.
WWU is now 10-1 at home this season, one of those wins being 72-69 over then nationally No.1-ranked Metro State CO on Nov. 30.
WWU is third nationally among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 6.4 and is sixth in total blocks with 96. The Vikings are 10th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.5 and 15th in scoring offense at 87.4.
WWU tops the GNAC in 3-point percentage defense (28.5), field-goal percentage defense (42.4), blocks (6.4), rebounding margin (6.1) and offensive rebounds (14.3).
BRAGG AND TURNER: Bragg and Turner rank one-two among GNAC leaders in rebounds (9.4and 8.7), two-three in blocks (2.2 and 1.7) and three-seven in offensive rebounds (3.3 and 2.5).
TURNER TOUGH: In the last three games, junior forward Anye Turner has scored 58 points and grabbed 34 rebounds. On the season, he is averaging 11.2 points on 58.3 percent floor accuracy (63-of-108) and 8.7 rebounds, second in the GNAC. He had 21 points and 14 rebounds, his third double-double of the campaign, against Montana State Billings. 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-IN' RITES: Senior center Austin Bragg leads the GNAC in rebounds at 9.4 and is second in blocked shots at 2.2, while averaging a team-best 17.1 points on 59.3 percent (89-of-150) 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.
Bragg tops the GNAC in double-doubles (points and rebounds) with seven after leading the conference last year with eight. In an 82-69 win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11, he had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs. Bragg has shot 50 percent or better in 14 games this season.
WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth is averaging 16.1 points per game and is shooting a team-best 81.6 percent (62-of-76) at the free throw line. He 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 1,037. Woodworth 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 9.8 points; and redshirt freshman forward Jeffrey Parker is averaging 8.7 points on 43.3 percent (26-of-60) shooting from beyond the arc.
Jan. 23 (Thu.) at Central Washington*# (Ellensburg, Wash. - 7 p.m.) Jan. 25 (Sat.) at Northwest Nazarene* (Nampa, Id. - 7 p.m.) Jan. 30 (Thu.) ALASKA FAIRBANKS*# (CARVER GYM - 7:30 p.m.) Feb. 1 (Sat.) ALASKA ANCHORAGE*@# (CARVER GYM - 9 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
CENTRAL WASHINGTON: The Wildcats, who have won four of their last five games with the only loss during that stretch coming in overtime, are 8-7 overall, 5-1 at home and 4-3 in GNAC play. They are led by 6-6 senior guard Mark McLaughlin, who ranks second nationally (trails only Roderick Perkins, Erskine, 26.5) and tops the GNAC in scoring at 26.4 points per game. Last year's GNAC Newcomer of the Year, McLaughlin also is averaging 5.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He has scored double figures 13 times this season with a high of 39. Two more standouts for coach Greg Sparling (19th year, 318-204) are 6-9 senior forward Kevin Davis (11.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 2.5 bpg-16th nat.) and 6-7 junior forward J.B. Pillard (14.4 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 66.4 FG Pct.-9th nat.), who sat out last season after transferring from Northwest Nazarene where he was an honorable mention GNAC all-star. WWU has won nine of the last 11 encounters with Central.
NORTHWEST NAZARENE: The Crusaders, who rank eighth nationally in average 3-pointers made per game at 10.6, are 5-10 overall (Jan. 23 host Simon Fraser), 3-4 conference and 4-5 at home. Following a 1-6 start, they won four of six before losing twice last week on a road trip to Alaska. NNU is led by 6-6 junior forward Kevin Rima (12.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg), who received GNAC all-star honorable mention last season. Three more top returnees for coach Dave Daniels (3rd year, 30-37; 9th overall, 110-132) are 6-3 senior guard Mario Donaldson (13.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg), 6-6 junior forward Grayson Moore (11.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and 6-3 junior guard Matyas Hering (6.6 ppg). A solid redshirt freshman is 6-2 guard Derek Isaak (7.9 ppg) and a top newcomer is 6-6 freshman guard Michael Loomis (13.7 ppg). WWU leads the series 23-8, winning 11 of the last14 meetings. All three losses came during the 2010-11 season.
FREE THROWS: WWU is shooting 66.7 percent at the free-throw line this season, the only team in the GNAC under 70 percent. But the Vikings have had some exceptional games, hitting 81.3 percent (26-of-32) against Thompson Rivers, 79.5 percent (35-of-44) at Alaska Anchorage, 78.1 percent (25-of-32) vs. Tarleton State and 77.1 percent (27-of-35) vs. Montana State Billings.
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 an 82-69 win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11. 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, 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 saw his first action as a Viking last week after receiving eligibility clearance. 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 home games are being televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30). The slate began when the Vikings played Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15. The two other contests being televised are against Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 9 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 had a school-record string of 31 weeks in the national poll snapped ... The Vikings are 3-4 following an 8-0 start ... 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 on Dec. 21, and 86-69 to Tarleton State TX on Dec. 22 ... WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 after prevailing 72-69 over top-ranked Metro State.
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 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, 42-7, .857) 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 Dana Abe, 6-4, R-Fr., Seattle, WA/O'Dea 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 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 *letters
RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Jan. 15 - Seattle Pacific 76, WWU 60 at Bellingham, WA
WWU's school-record 36-game home winning streak came to an end as Seattle Pacific claimed a 76-60 victory over the Vikings in a GNAC contest at Carver Gum. The game was regionally televised live on ROOT Sports. WWU, ranked No.19 nationally, fell to 10-4 overall and 4-2 in the GNAC. Turner led the Vikings with 15 points, and Bragg added 14. Forward Patrick Simon had a game-high 29 points for the Falcons, who are 14-4 overall and moved into first place in the GNAC at 5-2. Center Cory Hutsen and guard David Downs each had 18 points. The Falcons took control of a tight contest by hitting eight consecutive field-goal attempts over the last seven minutes of the first half, enabling SPU to turn a 23-19 edge into a 41-28 advantage at halftime. Simon had nine points in the run, including a 3-pointer and a dunk on consecutive possessions. SPU shot 63.0 percent (17-of-27) from the field in the first half, and finished the game at 56.8 percent (25-of-44). Simon was 8-of-9 in the opening half, including 4-of-4 on 3-pointers. He finished 10-of-13 from the floor, going 5-of-6 on threes, and also added seven rebounds and three steals. Neither team made a big run in the second half, as the Falcon lead fluctuated between 11 and 19 the entire period. It was the first home loss for WWU since an 83-73 defeat to Western Oregon on Jan. 7, 2012. The defeat also snapped a string of 19 straight home victories against GNAC opponents, which was one short of the conference record set by WWU in 2004-07. It was just the second SPU victory over WWU in eight meetings since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Jan. 18 - WWU 84, Montana State Billings 71 at Bellingham, WA
Turner had game-highs of 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, leading WWU to an 84-71 triumph over Montana State Billings in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. WWU, ranked No.19 nationally, improved to 11-4 overall and 5-2 in the GNAC. MSUB fell to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Center Austin Hudson led the Yellowjackets with 14 points and 11 rebounds. But Hudson, who entered the contest shooting 65.8 percent from the floor, was just 6-of-15 Saturday. The Vikings took control of the contest early on, going on a 14-2 run to take a 21-7 lead with 11:19 left in the first half. Parker, who finished with 15 points, had nine of them in the charge, and Turner added the other five. WWU extended the margin to 17 at 32-15 with 5:19 left in the half as MSUB hit just six of its first 26 shots from the field, and the Vikings held a 36-27 lead at halftime. The Yellowjackets used a run of eight straight points in just 53 seconds to get within four, 60-56, with 10:33 to play. But MSUB went scoreless for nearly four minutes, and WWU scored 11 consecutive points to open up a 71-56 advantage with 6:53 to go. The gap was never less than 13 points after that. Woodworth had 16 points for the Vikings, and Bragg added 12 points and seven rebounds as WWU had a 47-37 advantage in rebounds. The Vikings, who had a school-record 36-game home court winning streak snapped in a 76-60 loss to Seattle Pacific on Wednesday, maintained a streak of not having lost two straight conference games since the end of the 2010-11 season.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 10 (Jan. 21, 2014)
Conference All W L W L H A N Seattle Pacific 6 2 15 4 7-1 2-3 6-0 Western Washington 5 2 11 4 10-1 1-1 0-2 Alaska Fairbanks 5 2 10 5 8-0 1-3 1-2 Central Washington 4 3 8 7 5-1 2-3 1-3 MSU Billings 4 4 8 8 5-3 2-4 1-1 Western Oregon 3 4 10 7 7-2 1-4 2-1 Alaska Anchorage 3 4 10 8 8-5 0-2 2-1 Saint Martin's 3 4 6 9 3-1 3-5 0-2 Northwest Nazarene 3 4 5 10 4-5 1-4 0-1 Simon Fraser 0 7 7 8 6-4 1-3 0-0
Region Records - Seattle Pacific 11-4, Western Washington 8-3, Alaska Fairbanks 8-5, Alaska Anchorage 6-5, Central Washington 6-5, Western Oregon 6-7. MSU Billings 5-7, Saint Martin's 4-9. Simon Fraser 3-8, Northwest Nazarene 3-8. 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: Wednesday - Seattle Pacific 76 at Western Washington 60 (ROOT Sports). Thursday - Northwest Nazarene 83 at Alaska Anchorage 92; Central Washington 80 at Alaska Fairbanks 84 (ot); MSU Billings 100 at Simon Fraser 70. Saturday - Central Washington 95 at Alaska Anchorage 88; Northwest Nazarene 69 at Alaska Fairbanks 79; MSU Billings 71 at Western Washington 84; Saint Martin's 79 at Western Oregon 73; Seattle Pacific 73 at Simon Fraser 49.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at Western Oregon; Alaska Fairbanks at Saint Martin's, 9 p.m.; Western Washington at Central Washington; Simon Fraser at Northwest Nazarene. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Saint Martin's; Alaska Fairbanks at Western Oregon, 2 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene. (All games begin at 7 p.m. except where noted).
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 19): Team: Scoring - 10. Alaska Anchorage 89.4; 15. Western Washington 87.4. Scoring Defense - 21. Seattle Pacific 65.7. Field Goal PCT. - 7. Seattle Pacific 51.5. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.7; 8. Northwest Nazarene 10.6. Three-Point PCT. - 12. Seattle Pacific 42.6. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 10. Western Washington 28.5; 23. Montana State Billings 29.9. Free Throw PCT. - 3. Alaska Anchorage 80.5; 25. Central Washington 76.1. Assists - 13. Alaska Anchorage 18.0. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.09; 11. Seattle Pacific 1.57; 14. MSU Billings 1.49; 21. Alaska Fairbanks 1.44. Steals - 8. Western Oregon 9.6. Blocked Shots - 3. Western Washington 6.4; 30. Central Washington 4.8. Fewest Turnovers - 2. Alaska Anchorage 8.6; 3. Seattle Pacific 9.0; 15. Alaska Fairbanks 10.3; 19. MSU Billings 10.5. Turnover Margin - 13. Alaska Fairbanks 4.8; 24. Alaska Anchorage 3.7. Fewest Fouls - 8. Alaska Fairbanks 15.6; 12. Seattle Pacific 16.0; 24. Northwest Nazarene 16.7. Individuals: Scoring - 2. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.4; 22. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.7. Field Goal PCT. - 9. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.4; 17. Austin Hudson, MSUB, 62.7; 30. Marwan Sarhan, WOU, 61.2. Three-Point FGs - 8. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.72; 12. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.44. Three-Point PCT. - 3. David Downs, SPU, 54.5; 14. Patrick Simon, SPU, 49.4; 29. Michael Loomis, NNU, 49.3. Free Throw PCT.. - 16. Travis Thompson, UAA, 89.5. Assists - 9. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.8; 15. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.2. Blocked Shots - 16. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.54; 28. Austin Bragg, WWU, 2.20. Assist/TO Ratio - 11. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.28; 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.23. Double-Doubles - 21. Austin Bragg, WWU, 7.
DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Jan. 19): 7 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 5 - JB Pillard, CWU. 4 - Teancum Stafford, UAA; Austin Hudson, MSUB; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Kevin Davis, CWU. 3 - Andrew Kelly, UAF; Anye Turner, WWU. 2 - Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 1 - Seven with.
20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Jan. 19): 12 - David Downs, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Travis Thompson, UAA. 7 - Brian McGill, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA. 5 - Austin Bragg, WWU; Richard Woodworth, WWU.
10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Jan. 92): 8 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 6 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 5 - Kevin Davis, CWU; JB Pillard, CWU. 4 - Andrew Kelly, UAF; Anye Turner, WWU; Austin Hudson, MSUB; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU. 3 - Kevin Rima, NNU.
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. 14) - 19. Western Washington; 29. Seattle Pacific; 44. Alaska Anchorage.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-8, Sr., Ephrata, WA) scored 42 points, including 29 in a ROOT SPORTS regionally-televised game against Western Washington to lead the Falcons to a 76-60 win over the 19th ranked Vikings, halting WWU's GNAC and school-record home winning streak at 36 games. Simon shot 72.7 percent from the floor (16 of 22), missing just once (6 of 7) from the three-point line where he has the fourth best career percentage in GNAC history, converting 109 of 232 (47.0 percent). Simon also had 12 rebounds in two contests, including a game-high seven in a 73-49 win Saturday at Simon Fraser. He also contributed four steals to SPU's two victories, its first two wins this season on an opponent's home court.
HONORABLE MENTION: Andrew Kelly, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Gilbert, AZ - Chandler-Gilbert) scored 30 points to lead the Nanooks to home wins over Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene. Kelly, who made 11 of 14 field goal attempts. also had 16 rebounds, seven assists, five steals and three blocks ... JB Pillard, Central Washington (F, 6-7, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Juanita) had back-to-back road double-doubles, scoring 13 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in an 84-80 overtime loss at Alaska Fairbanks and producing 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 95-88 win at Alaska Anchorage ... Anye Turner, Western Washington (F, 6-7, Jr., Olympia, WA - Black Hills & South Puget Sound) led the Vikings in four categories - points (36), rebounds (19), steals (7) and blocks (4) - as they split two games ... Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, Jr., Anchorage, AK - Dimond) recorded his fourth 30-point game of the season, scoring 34 points in a 92-83 home win over Northwest Nazarene. In two contests, Thompson had 56 points and eight assists.
MORE MENTIONABLES: Austin Hudson, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT - Brighton & Central Wyoming) notched his third and fourth double-doubles of the season in road games at Simon Fraser (25 points, 12 rebounds) and Western Washington (14 points, 11 rebounds) ... Derek Isaak, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Fr., Coulee City, WA) scored 45 points - all on three-pointers (15 of 28) - in two games in Alaska. Isaak, who came into the week averaging 5.6 points per game, had 21 point at Anchorage and 24 at Fairbanks in nine and 10-point losses. He also had eight assists ... Ryan Rogers, Saint Martin's (F, 6-4, Jr., Auburn, WA - Lower Columbia) had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Saints to a 79-73 road win at Western Oregon.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage and Mark McLaughlin of Central Washington became the 56th and 57th members of the GNAC 1000-Point Club. Fossman had 12 points to increase his total to 1,010, while McLaughlin had 54 increasing his career total to 1,009. McLaughlin is the quickest player in GNAC history to reach 1,000 in terms of games played reaching the milestone in his 42nd career game. His career average of 24.02 is the best in conference history. Next to reach the grand mark should be UAA's Travis Thompson who currently has 948 career points ... CWU's Kevin Davis had six blocks improving his career blocked shot average to a GNAC-record 2.28 and replacing Brannon Stone of Seattle Pacific (2.26 between 1998 and 2002) as the all-time leader.
STREAK ENDS AT 36: Western Washington had its 36-game home win streak snapped by Seattle Pacific Wednesday (76-60). The Vikings hadn't lost in Carver Gymnasium since Jan. 7, 2012, when Western Oregon prevailed 83-73 ... Of the 36 wins, 14 were by single-digit margins, including one-point decisions over Central Washington (86-85 on Jan. 10, 2013) and Western Oregon (67-66 on Dec. 5, 2013). One of the wins was in overtime (83-76 over Seattle Pacific on Feb. 2, 2013) ... Nineteen of the victories were conference games (one short of WWU's own GNAC record) and six were West Regional playoff contests, including two regional title games against the Seattle Pacific (56-50 in 2012 and 62-58 in 2013). SPU's last win against Western Washington in Bellingham was 84-70 on Feb. 22, 2011 ... Seattle Pacific now has the longest current home win streak in conference games. Its streak of 12 is the fourth longest streak in conference history ... In all games, Alaska Fairbanks now has the longest streak. The Nanooks have won 10 straight at The Patty Center dating back to a 71-54 loss to Central Washington on Feb. 2, 2013. UAF's 10-game streak is the 20th double-digit home win streak in GNAC history. It's the second by the Nanooks, who had an 11-game streak between Nov. 7, 2002 and Feb. 13, 2003.
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 76 at Western Washington 60 (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).
Alaska Anchorage: In addition to Thompson (56 points), the Seawolves were led by point guard Brian McGill with 37 points. McGill made 11 of 22 shots, including both of his three-point attempts. UAA shot just 39.0 percent (53 of 136) in splitting two games, while its opponents shot 53.9 percent (69 of 128). Teancum Stafford, who had 25 points, had one-third (25 of 74) of the Seawolves' rebounds. UAA was outrebounded 77-74 but had just 11 turnovers compared to 24 by its opponents.
Alaska Fairbanks: Sergey Pucar had 37 points, including 26 in an 84-80 overtime win over Central Washington, as the Nanooks extended their home win streak to 10, its second longest in the GNAC era. The Nanooks have won four straight overtime games (one this season) and are 4-1 in OT contests in Mick Durham's three seasons. With 10 wins, they've clinched back-to-back double-digit win seasons for the first time since 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin recorded his fifth 30-point games of the season - and the ninth of his career - netting 32 in CWU's overtime loss at Alaska Fairbanks. His season total equals the fourth most in GNAC history. His career total ranks seventh. Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks is the leader in both single-season 30-point games (13 in 2010-11) and career (14 in 2009-10 and 2010-11). McLaughlin made all nine of his foul shots in producing 54 points, extending his streak of free throws made without a miss to 32.
Montana State Billings: Austin Hudson had 25 points and 12 rebounds in Thursday's win at Simon Fraser, then netted 14 points and 11 rebounds Saturday at Bellingham, doubling his season double-double total to four. Kalob Hatcher had 16 assists (and only three turnovers) becoming the 39th player in GNAC history to record 250 career assists.
Northwest Nazarene: Derek Isaak made eight of 12 three-pointers against Alaska Fairbanks after converting on seven of 14 at Alaska Anchorage in recording back-to-back career highs (21, 24). Matyas Hering didn't miss a shot (4-4 FGs including two treys) in producing a double-double (10 points, 11 assists) in Thursday's loss at Anchorage. Kevin Rima had 33 points, 13 rebounds and a team-high five blocks.
Saint Martin's: The Saints built a 45-28 halftime lead, then held on to defeat Western Oregon at Monmouth to move ahead of the all-time series with the Wolves 30-29. Ryan Rogers (19 points) was joined in double figures by Lucas Shannon with 15 points on six of eight shooting, Isaac Bianchini with 14 (4 of 5 on treys) and Even Coulter with 12. Riley Carel had 10 assists and five steals.
Seattle Pacific: Patrick Simon made 10 consecutive shots - including five three-pointers - on the way to a 29-point performance against Western Washington. Riley Stockton had 16 rebounds, 10 in a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double Saturday at Simon Fraser. In addition to Simon's 42-point, two-game total, the Falcons also got 32 points and 11 assists from David Downs and 30 points from Corey Hutsen. Downs has 218 career three-pointers and needs two more to move into a tie for 10th place on the GNAC all-time list with his brother, Jeff.
Simon Fraser: Ibrahim Appiah had 16 points and 11 rebounds against Montana State Billings and 10 points and 10 rebounds against Seattle Pacific as he became the 33rd player in GNAC history to record 500 career rebounds, finishing the weekend in 29th place with 520. In addition to Appiah's 26 points, SFU was led by Sango Niang with 29 points and Taylor Dunn with 28.
Western Oregon: Jordan Wiley scored 14 points and Devon Alexander and Rodney Webster each scored 11 in the Wolves' home loss to Saint Martin's. Wiley also had seven rebounds. WOU shot just 34.6 percent on treys (9 of 26), allowing the Saints eight in 16 attempts.
Western Washington: Anye Turner had 36 points and 19 rebounds and Austin Bragg had 26 points and 12 rebounds in the Vikings' two contests. Bragg ranks ninth in GNAC history in most rebounds per game averaging 7.92 per game.
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.
Week of Jan. 6-12: 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.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (football). Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (volleyball). Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (men's cross country) and Simon Fraser (women's cross country). Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (football). Sept. 30-Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (men's soccer). Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (women's soccer). Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (women's soccer). Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (men's and women's cross country). Oct. 28-Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer). Nov. 4-10 - Seattle Pacific (women's soccer) and Alaska Anchorage (women's cross country). Nov. 11-17 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Nov. 18-24 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer) and Western Washington (women's soccer). Nov. 25-Dec. 1 - Western Washington (men's basketball). Dec. 2-8 - Saint Martin's (women's basketball). Dec. 16-22 - Alaska Anchorage (women's basketball). Dec. 30-Jan. 5 - Western Oregon (men's basketball). Jan. 6-12 - Central Washington (men's basketball). Jan. 13-19 - Seattle Pacific (men's basketball).
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Alumni Edge Slam in Back 2 Bellingham Battle
David Gage and Anye Turner combine for 60 points for the WWU Alumni squad
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WWU is 14th in Division II All-Sports Standings
WWU's men's and women's basketball programs gather points by advancing to the NCAA Tournament
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Taylor Stafford Named First Team All-American
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Stafford & Parker Named NABC All-West Region
Stafford (1st team) and Parker (2nd team) earn All-West Region honors for the Vikings