Jan. 28, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Riding a three-game winning streak, a revitalized Western Washington University men's basketball team returns home to face University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (9 p.m.) in a pair Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The WWU/UAA game will be televised live on ROOT Sports with Brad Adam handling the play-by-play and Dave Harshman providing the color commentary. Both contests can be heard on KPUG Radio (1170 AM-Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten handling the broadcast. Live stats and video streams are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings are 13-4 overall and tied for first in the conference standings at 7-2 with Seattle Pacific and Alaska Fairbanks. Last week, they posted two big road wins, 99-94 at arch-rival Central Washington and 91-84 at Northwest Nazarene.
Those victories came after WWU fell out of the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll on Jan. 21, for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012. That snapped a school-record streak of 31national poll appearances.
WWU is 10-1 at home this season, and has won 37 of its last 38 games at Carver Gym. The Vikings had a school-record 36-game home victory string snapped by Seattle Pacific, 76-60, on Jan. 15. Their biggest win at Carver Gym this season was 72-69 over then No.1-ranked Metro State CO on Nov. 30.
During the first half of its GNAC schedule, WWU split a road trip to Alaska, defeating Alaska Anchorage, 104-89, on Jan. 2 and losing, 65-61, to Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 4
NCAA II AND GNAC STATS: WWU is the national leader among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 6.3 and is fifth in total blocks with 107. The Vikings are seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.1 and 12th in scoring offense at 88.3.
WWU tops the GNAC in 3-point percentage defense (28.1), field-goal percentage defense (43.6), blocks (6.3), rebounding margin (5.6) and offensive rebounds (14.3). The Vikings are second in scoring offense (88.3) and field-goal percentage (49.3)
BRAGG: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top six in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 8.9 per game, is second in blocks at 2.1, third in offensive rebounds at 3.2, fifth in field-goal percentage at 58.9 (103-of-175) and sixth in scoring at 17.3.
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 earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for Nov. 24-30 with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the Metro State victory. He has shot 50 percent or better from the floor 16 times this season.
WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth is averaging 16.3 points per game and is shooting a team-best 83.3 percent (75-of-90) 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 of 1,073 ranks 19th and he is 17th in assists at 297.
Woodworth scored a career-high 30 points, 24 in the second half, versus Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 21, and he had 28 against Central Washington last Thursday.
HARRIS, JR.: Senior guard Robert Harris, Jr., a transfer from NCAA I Idaho, had 36 points, nine assists, five rebounds and six steals in WWU's road wins last week. He shot 50.0 percent (13-of-26) from the floor, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range.
TURNER: Junior forward Anye Turner ranks third among GNAC leaders in blocks at 1.7, fourth in rebounds at 8.1, sixth in steals at 1.4 and seventh in field-goal shooting at 58.0 (69-of-119).
On the season, he is averaging 10.8 points and has had three double-doubles. 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.
ALASKA FAIRBANKS: The Nanooks are 12-5 overall and tied for first in the GNAC standings at 7-2. Leading the conference in scoring defense (66.1 avg.-21st nationally) and second in steals (7.8), they have won five straight games and eight of their last nine following a 4-4 start. UAF is led by two returning starters from last year's 16-12 team, 6-11 senior center Sergej Pucar (13.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg), a second-team conference all-star; and 6-3 senior guard Ronnie Baker (15.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Another top returnee is 6-7 senior forward Andrew Kelly (11.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg-2nd GNAC, 65.6 FG Pct., 84-128-2nd GNAC). A solid transfer for coach Mick Durham (3rd year, 33-40; 19th overall, 279-253) is 6-3 junior guard Joe Slocum (9.5 ppg, 4.2 apg, 1.9 spg-2nd GNAC) from City College of San Francisco. WWU, which lost 65-61 at UAF on Jan. 4, holds a 25-10 series advantage. Last year, the Nanooks snapped a school-record 30-game WWU winning streak with a 77-73 win at Fairbanks. That also ended an 11-game series victory string for the Vikings.
ALASKA ANCHORAGE: The Seawolves, picked second in the GNAC Coaches Poll, are 12-8 overall (Jan. 30 at Simon Fraser) and tied for second in GNAC play at 5-4. They have won two straight games and three of their last four. UAA is led by the two standout 3-point shooters, who rank fifth-ninth nationally and one-two in the GNAC in made treys (3.9 and 3.5). They are 6-1 junior guard Travis Thompson (22.4 ppg-2nd GNAC & 3rd nationally, 41.8 3-pt. pct., 77-184, 89.9 FT Pct., 116-129-2nd GNAC), who was a redshirt last year after being a second-team GNAC all-star in 2011-12, and 6-0 senior guard Kyle Fossman (16.0 ppg, 44.0 3-pt. pct., 70-159), a first-team GNAC all-star last season. Another top returnee is 6-5 junior forward Teancum Stafford (13.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg-3rd GNAC, 37.0 3-pt. pct., 40-108), a second-team GNAC all-star last year. A top transfer for coach Rusty Osborne (10th year, 187-101) is 6-2 sophomore guard Brian McGill (17.4 ppg, 6.4 apg-2nd GNAC) from Western Oregon. WWU holds a 15-11 series advantage, winning the last seven meetings. The Vikings posted a 104-89 victory at Anchorage on Jan. 2. Osborne is the winningest coach in UAA history and Thompson ranks 21st among the school's scoring leaders at 1,004.
UAA leads the nation in 3-point makes (256) and attempts (196), turnovers per game (8.4), and assist-turnover ratio (2.15). The Seawolves are second in free-throw percentage (80.0), third in 3-point field goals per game (12.8) and total assists (362), ninth in fewest turnovers (168) and 11th in scoring offense (89.1). UAA leads the conference in scoring offense (89.1), 3-point makes (12.8-3rd nationally) and free-throw shooting (80.0 percent) and is second in 3-point percentage (40.3).
Jan. 30 (Thu.) ALASKA FAIRBANKS*% (CARVER GYM - 7:30 p.m.) Feb. 1 (Sat.) ALASKA ANCHORAGE*@% (CARVER GYM - 9 p.m.) Feb. 8 (Sat.) at Simon Fraser* (Burnaby, B.C. - 7 p.m.) Feb. 13 (Thu.) at Montana State Billings* (Billings, MT - 7:30 p.m.) Feb. 15 (Sat.) at Seattle Pacific*# (Seattle, WA - 7:30 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
FREE THROW UPS AND DOWNS: WWU is shooting 68.0 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 at the charity stripe, hitting 87.0 percent (20-of-23) at Northwest Nazarene, 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. WWU has hit 71-of-92 free throws (77.2 percent) over the last three games.
SCHREIBER STATUS: 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 had started 11 of the 13 games that WWU had played up to that time. 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.
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, a program first over a top-ranked opponent.
Dec. 5 - Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining as WWU began GNAC play with a 67-66 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 Sat., Feb. 1, at 9 p.m. and versus Central Washington on Sat., Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.
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THREE-DOT NOTES: Three of WWU's four losses this season have been to teams ranked among the Top 25 nationally this week. They are No.4 Tarleton State, No.7 Cal State San Bernardino and No.20 Seattle Pacific ... 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, 44-7, 86.3 percent) 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. 23 - WWU 99, Central Washington 94 at Ellensburg, WA
Woodworth scored 28 points, leading WWU to a 99-94 triumph over arch-rival Central Washington in a GNAC contest at Nicholson Pavilion. Bragg added 21 points for WWU, which improved to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC. Guard Mark McLaughlin had a game-high 43 points for CWU, which fell to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GNAC. The Vikings trailed at halftime, 42-40, but opened the second half with nine straight points, capped by a Bragg fast break dunk, to take a 49-42 lead with 17:53 to play, and eventually opened up a 10-point advantage, 66-56, with 11:45 left. Central twice pulled within one, the last time at 75-74 on two McLaughlin free throws with just over six minutes left. But the Vikings used another burst of nine straight points to reassert control, this one in a 90-second span, taking an 84-74 lead with 4:20 to play. The Wildcats pulled as close as three points in the dying moments, but never had a possession with a chance to tie, as Woodworth made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute. Five players scored in double figures for WWU, as Parker had 15 points, Harris, Jr., added 13, and Mitchell came off the bench to score 12 and grab a team-high eight rebounds. Center Kevin Davis had 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for CWU, which shot 52.2 percent (35-of-67) from the field. McLaughlin, who entered the contest second among NCAA Division II scorers nationally at 26.4 points a game, was 14-of-22 from the field, including 3-of-7 on 3-pointers, and 12-of-14 on free throws. Woodworth, who also had seven rebounds and four assists, was 6-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 13-of-14 at the line. WWU shot 50.0 percent (33-of-66) from the field, hitting 9-of-22 treys, and committed just nine turnovers. It was the 10th victory for WWU in the last 12 meetings with Central.
Jan. 25 - WWU 91, Northwest Nazarene 84 at Nampa, ID
Harris scored a season-high 23 points as WWU withstood a late Northwest Nazarene rally to claim a 91-84 victory in a GNAC contest at the Johnson Sports Center. WWU improved to 13-4 overall and 7-2 in the GNAC with its third consecutive victory. Bragg added 17 points for the Vikings, who shot 55.2 percent (32-of-58) from the field. NNU fell to 5-12 overall and 3-6 in conference action with its fourth straight loss. Kevin Rima led the Crusaders with a game-high 34 points, hitting 14-of-15 shots from the floor and 6-of-7 free throws. He also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. WWU never trailed, and led by as much as 20 points, holding a 77-57 lead with under nine minutes remaining. NNU rallied, using a run of 11 straight points to close the gap to four, 81-77, on a basket and free throw by Rima with 2:17 remaining. But the Vikings held on as Bragg scored on the next two possessions, putting WWU up 85-77 with 1:07 left, and the Crusaders never got closer than five points after that. The Vikings held a 53-41 advantage at halftime after shooting 65.6 percent (21-of-32) from the field. NNU shot 51.6 percent (33-of-64) from the field, but the Crusaders, who entered the game eighth nationally in NCAA Division II in average 3-pointers made per game at 10.5, were only 6-of-25 (24.0 percent) on treys. Scoring 12 points each for NNU were Mario Donaldson, Derek Isaak and Michael Loomis.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 11 (Jan. 28, 2014)
Conference All W L W L H A N Seattle Pacific 7 2 16 4 7-1 3-3 6-0 Western Washington 7 2 13 4 10-1 3-1 0-2 Alaska Fairbanks 7 2 12 5 8-0 3-3 1-2 Alaska Anchorage 5 4 12 8 8-5 2-2 2-1 Central Washington 5 4 9 8 6-2 2-3 1-3 MSU Billings 4 5 8 9 5-4 2-4 1-1 Western Oregon 3 6 10 9 7-4 1-4 2-1 Saint Martin's 3 6 6 11 3-3 3-5 0-2 Northwest Nazarene 3 6 5 12 4-7 1-4 0-1 Simon Fraser 1 8 8 9 6-4 2-4 0-0
Region Records - Western Washington 10-3, Seattle Pacific 12-4, Alaska Fairbanks 10-5, Alaska Anchorage 8-5, Central Washington 7-6, Western Oregon 6-9. MSU Billings 5-8, Simon Fraser 4-9, Saint Martin's 4-11. Northwest Nazarene 3-10. 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 92 at Western Oregon 58; Alaska Fairbanks 64 at Saint Martin's 47; Western Washington 99 at Central Washington 94; Simon Fraser 98 at Northwest Nazarene 73. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 79 at Saint Martin's 78; Alaska Fairbanks 60 at Western Oregon 56; Simon Fraser 79 at Central Washington 96; Seattle Pacific 92 at MSU Billings 87 (2ot); Western Washington 91 at Northwest Nazarene 84.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Western Oregon at MSU Billings; Saint Martin's at Seattle Pacific. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington, 9 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Central Washington; Saint Martin's at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific, 4 p.m. (All games begin at 7 p.m. except where noted).
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 26): Team: Scoring - 11. Alaska Anchorage 89.1; 12. Western Washington 88.3; 30. Central Washington 85.5. Scoring Defense - 21. Alaska Fairbanks 66.1; 28. Seattle Pacific 66.8. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 51.1; 24. Western Washington 49.3. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.8; 11. Northwest Nazarene 10.2; 27. MSU Billings 9.1. Three-Point PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 42.6; 19. Alaska Anchorage 40.3. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 7. Western Washington 28.1. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 80.0; 28. Central Washington 75.7. Assists - 13. Alaska Anchorage 18.1. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.15; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.61; 12. MSU Billings 1.52. Steals - 10. Western Oregon 9.5. Blocked Shots - 1. Western Washington 6.3. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.4; 3. Seattle Pacific 8.8; 16. MSU Billings 10.4; 24. Alaska Fairbanks 10.7. Turnover Margin - 14. Alaska Fairbanks 4.5; 20. Alaska Anchorage 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 6. Alaska Fairbanks 15.1; 13. Seattle Pacific 16.0; 22. Northwest Nazarene 16.4. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 28.3; 13. Travis Thompson, UAA, 22.4. Field Goal PCT. - 9. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.0; 12. Austin Hudson, MSUB, 62.9. Three-Point FGs - 5. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.85; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.50. Three-Point PCT. - 6. David Downs, SPU, 51.9; 12. Patrick Simon, SPU, 50.5; 26. Isaac Bianchini, SMU, 45.1; 27. Derek Isaak, NNU, 45.0. Free Throw PCT. - 9. Travis Thompson, UAA, 89.9. Assists - 6. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.1; 15. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.4. Blocked Shots - 20. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.47. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.18; 16. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.17. Double-Doubles - 25. Austin Bragg, WWU, 7.
DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Jan. 26): 7 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 6 - JB Pillard, CWU. 5 - Teancum Stafford, UAA; Kevin Davis, CWU. 4- Austin Hudson, MSUB; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Andrew Kelly, UAF. 3 - Anye Turner, WWU. 2 - Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Kalob Hatcher, MSUB. 1 - Eight with.
30-POINT GAMES (Through Jan. 26): 7 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 4 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 3 - Patrick Simon, SPU. 1 - Austin Bragg, WWU, David Downs, SPU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Richard Woodworth, WWU; Kevin Rima, NNU.
20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Jan. 26): 14 - David Downs, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Travis Thompson, UAA. 7 - Brian McGill, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Austin Bragg, WWU; Richard Woodworth, WWU.
10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Jan. 26): 8 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 7 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 6 - Kevin Davis, CWU; JB Pillard, CWU. 5 - Andrew Kelly, UAF. 4 - 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. 21) - 24. Seattle Pacific; 30. Western Washington.
GNAC RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) and Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, Jr., Anchorage, AK) ... McLaughlin became just the second player in GNAC history to record back-to-back 40-point games scoring 83 points. He was efficient in producing 43 points in a 99-94 loss to Western Washington and 40 points in a 96-79 win against Simon Fraser, shooting 68.3 percent from the floor (28-of-41), including 5-of-9 three-pointers. McLaughlin, who leads Division II in scoring averaging 28.3 points per game, also made 22-of-26 free throws, extending his streak of foul shots made to 42 before missing late in Thursday's contest ... For the second straight week, Thompson scored 56 points in a pair of contests increasing his career total to 1,004 and becoming the 58th player in GNAC to reach 1,000. He had 29 points in a 92-58 win at Western Oregon and 27 in a 79-78 victory at Saint Martin's. In the latter game, he also drew a charge with seven seconds left to secure the win. Thompson, who had six rebounds, five assists and a team-high four steals, shot 59.3 percent from the floor (16-of-27), 52.6 percent from the arc (10-of-19) and 93.3 percent from the foul line (14-of-15).
HONORABLE MENTION: Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-6, Jr., Fairbanks, AK - Hutchinson) scored 53 points in a pair of games, shooting 81.4 percent (22-of-27). After scoring 19 points Thursday against Simon Fraser, he netted a career-high 34 points Saturday against Western Washington on a GNAC-record tying 14 field goals in 15 attempts (see From the Record Book). He also had eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks against the Vikings ... Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, Sr., Bellevue, WA - Newport) had 36 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Vikings to road wins at Ellensburg and Nampa. Twenty-eight of his points and seven of his rebounds came in Thursday's 99-94 win over Central Washington as the Vikings rallied from an eight-point deficit late in the first half to beat their arch-rivals ... Sango Niang, Simon Fraser (G, 6-0, Jr., Paris, France - Chaffey) had 46 points and 12 assists as the Clan split two games. Niang made 17 of 24 shots, six of nine from beyond the three-point line ... Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-8, Sr., Ephrata, WA - WSU) scored 31 points, including seven in the game's decisive second overtime as the Falcons outlasted Montana State Billings 92-87. It was Simon's third 30-point game of the season and the fourth of his SPU career. He also had nine rebounds and all four of the Falcons' blocked shots.
MORE MENTIONABLES: Andrew Kelly, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Gilbert, AZ - Chandler-Gilbert) had 24 points, 21 rebounds, eight steals and six assists to key two road wins as the Nanooks ran their win streak to five games. Kelly missed just four shots converting on 10 of 13 field goals and four of five free throws ... Kalob Hatcher, MSU Billings (G, 5-11, Sr., San Diego, CA - Foothills Christian) had 12 points and 13 assists, registering his second double-double of the season, in a double overtime loss to Seattle Pacific. The 13 assists came without committing a turnover, matching a GNAC single-game record for most assists without a TO ... Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC) led the Saints with 30 points, nine assists and five steals in home losses to Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. He also had eight rebounds,
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: CWU's Mark McLaughlin joined Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks as the only players in GNAC history to record back-to-back 40-point games. West had 40 points against Simon Fraser on Jan. 15 and 43 against Saint Martin's in an overtime game on Jan. 20, 2011. McLaughlin is the only player in conference history to have more than two career 40-point contests. He has had three, including 42 against Colorado Christian earlier this season ... The CWU guard also joined Saint Martin's Jake Linton as the only players to have streaks of 40 or more consecutive free throws made. Linton accomplished that feat three times (50, 45 and 44) ... NNU's Kevin Rima tied the GNAC record for most field goals made with one or fewer misses, converting 14 of 15, including his final 12 attempts Saturday against Western Washington. Kolton Nelson of Western Oregon made 14 of 15 against Pacific on Nov. 26, 2010. Kyle Boast of Central Washington was a perfect 14 of 14 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 12, 2005.
THE McLAUGHLIN FILE: In addition to setting GNAC records for most career and single-season 40-point games (3 each), McLaughlin recorded his sixth and seventh 30-point games of the season - and the 10th and 11th of his career. Both totals rank No. 2 in GNAC history. 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 is also working on a string of seven consecutive 20-point games. Only twice this season - in CWU's season opener against Dixie State (18 points) and Dec. 22 against West Florida (12 points) - has he failed to score at least 21 points. He shot a combined 25.0 percent in those two games (11-of-44). In his other 14 games (he did not play against Walla Walla on Dec. 1), he is shooting 51.5 percent.
GNAC GAMES ON ROOT SPORTS: Eight regular-season GNAC games, including six men's contests will be televised this winter on ROOT SPORTS. This week's game will feature Alaska Anchorage and Western Washington in a 9 p.m. game Saturday in Bellingham. Brad Adam will do the play-by-play alongside Dave Harshman, who will handle the color commentary.
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 64 at Saint Martin's 47 (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: For the second week in a row Travis Thompson scored exactly 56 points in his team's two games. Over his last four games, he has made 30 of 63 field goal attempts, converting on 18 of 39 three-point attempts. In addition to Thompson, the Seawolves also got 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists from Kyle Fossman on 8-of-14 three-point shooting, and 27 points and 12 rebounds from Teancum Stafford. UAA's two wins were the 186th and 187th by head coach Rusty Osborne, making him the winningest coach in school history ahead of Charlie Bruns, who won 186 between 1991 and 2004. Osborne was an assistant in all of Bruns' victories.
Alaska Fairbanks: The Nanooks used a 21-3 game-ending run to defeat Western Oregon 60-56 at Monmouth Saturday and complete a two-game road sweep. UAF held its opponents to just 103 points (51.5 per game) and a 39.3 shooting percentage (42-of-107) in the two victories. Stefan Tica, Andrew Kelly and Sergej Pucar had 26, 24 and 22, points, respectively.
Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin accounted for 43.7 percent (83 of 190) of CWU's offense against Western Washington and Simon Fraser. JB Pillard had 34 points and Kevin Davis had 21. Both players had 17 rebounds. Davis also had four blocked shots. CWU outshot its two opponents 59.0 to 48.8 as McLaughlin (28-41, 68.3), Davis (10-15, 66.7) and Pillard (14-22, 63.6) all shot in the 60s.
Montana State Billings: Austin Hudson led the Yellowjackets with 26 points and Jonathan Mesghna had 24 in MSUB's overtime loss to Seattle Pacific. Mesghna made six of eight three-pointers. Point guard Kalob Hatcher had 13 assists without a turnover, matching the GNAC record for most assists without a TO set by Luke Cooper of Alaska Anchorage against Eastern Washington on Nov. 24, 2007.
Northwest Nazarene: Four players - Kevin Rima (26.5), Derek Isaak (15.0), Mario Donaldson (12.0) and Michael Loomis (10.5) - averaged in double figures in NNU's two contests. Isaak made 9-of-21 three-pointers. John Van Beuren had a team high 17 rebounds, including nine at the offensive end. NNU's two opponents - Simon Fraser and Western Washington - blistered the nets for a 61.2 percentage (71-of-116) including 52.4 percent (22-of-42) from the arc.
Saint Martin's: Isaac Bianchini made 8-of-17 three-pointers in scoring 25 points in losses to Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. Matt Dodson had 20 points and team highs for rebounds (19) and blocks (3). Riley Carel had 12 points against Alaska Anchorage after sitting out the UAF game with an injury.
Seattle Pacific: In addition to Patrick Simon's 31 points, the Falcons were led by David Downs with 19 points and six assists and Riley Stockton with 15 points and eight rebounds in its double overtime win at Montana State Billings. In 50 minutes of action, SPU turned the ball over just four times, just one off the GNAC single-game record for fewest turnovers in a conference game.
Simon Fraser: The Clan had one of the quickest starts in GNAC history making its first 12 shots of the game and 20 of its first 24 in defeating Northwest Nazarene 98-73 and snapping a 17-game conference game losing streak. In two games, Sango Niang (46 points) and Justin Cole (42 points) accounted for half of SFU's points. Niang made 17-of-24 shots, including 6-of-9 three-pointers. Cole was 8-of-13 from the arc and 16-of-27 overall. Ibrahim Appiah had 13 rebounds in the two contests.
Western Oregon: Rodney Webster scored 25 points and Jordan Wiley had 22 in the Wolves' two contests against Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. Marwan Sarhan, who had 18 points, and Adam Hastings each had 19 rebounds.
Western Washington: Austin Bragg, Robert Harris and Richard Woodworth combined for 110 points in the Vikings' two victories. Bragg had 38 points, while Harris and Woodworth had 36 each. Colby Mitchell led WWU with 13 rebounds. Harris had a team-high six steals.
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.
Week of Jan. 13-19: 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.
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). Jan. 20-26 - MSU Billings (women's basketball).
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