No.2 ranked Vikings riding school-record 24-game winning streak
Jan. 29, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Working on a school-record 24-game winning streak, Western Washington University hosts Montana State University Billings on Thursday, Jan.31, and Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, Feb.2, in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contests. Tipoff is 7:30 p.m. for both games at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The games can be heard live on KBAI Radio (AM 930 - Bellingham, www.930kbai.com) with Doug Lange providing the play-by-play and Mark Scholten handling the color commentary. A webcast and live stats are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
WWU, which is looking for its first ever No.1 national ranking, broke the school record for consecutive wins that had stood since 1972 with home victories last week over Alaska Anchorage, 75-62, and Alaska Fairbanks, 79-66. The victory string, the longest in the 12-year history of the conference, began with six wins in their national title run last season.
The Vikings, who are 9-0 at home this season, also are working on a 19-game winning streak at Carver Gym. That is one short of the school-record set from 1970 to 1972. WWU's 9-0 first half conference start is just the second in GNAC history and only the fourth for either half. The Vikings were undefeated during the second half of league play in 2001-02.
Fourteen of WWU's wins this season have been by 10 or more points, the other margins being six, four, three and one.
The Vikings rank among the top 12 nationally in six team statistical categories. They are No.3 in scoring margin (20.4), No.4 in 3-point percentage defense (28.1). No.7 in scoring offense (88.1) and field-goal percentage (50.7), eighth in rebound margin (9.9), and No.11 in blocked shots (5.2).
WWU leads the GNAC in scoring margin, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage defense, steals (8.9), offensive rebounds (13.4) and blocked shots.
Senior guard John Allen leads the Vikings in points per game at 17.8, which is second in the GNAC. He also paces the team in assists at 4.2, fourth in the conference, and his 38 treys (2.4) are fifth. He is third in the GNAC in free-throw percentage at 90.0 (36-of-40).
Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 selection. He has scored 1,219 career points, which ranks 15th among WWU leaders, and needs 32 to move into 14th.
Allen had 38 points in a 91-81 win at Western Oregon on Jan. 17. It was his sixth career outing with 30 or more. He scored a career-high 43 points, the second-highest figure in school history and four off the school record, against Simon Fraser on Jan. 2, 2011.
Senior forward Paul Jones is averaging 15.4 points, sixth in the league, and 6.4 rebounds. He is third in the GNAC and 23rd nationally from the field at 59.1 percent (107-of-181). Jones scored 18 points in an 86-85 win over Central Washington on Jan. 10, including the buzzer-beating winning layup.
Junior guard Richard Woodworth, who is averaging 9.5 points. He ranks among the GNAC top 10 in four categories, being second in 3-point accuracy (50.0 percent, 19-of-38), sixth in free throw shooting (84.0 percent, 42-of-50), ninth in assists (3.6) and 10th in steals (1.4).
Rounding out the first five, senior center Chris Mitchell is averaging 9.0 points and 6.5 rebounds, ninth among league leaders, and junior forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark CC, is averaging 9.4 points and a team-high 7.4 rebounds, fourth in the GNAC. Bragg has had a team-best four double-doubles in points and rebounds this season.
Mitchell is tied for second among GNAC leaders in blocks at 1.3 (23) and Bragg is tied for sixth at 1.0 (18).
Outstanding contributions off the bench have come from senior guard Rico Wilkins, who is averaging 9.6 points on 39.4 percent 3-point shooting (28-of-71); junior guard Cameron Severson, who is averaging 7.8 points on 56.7 floor accuracy (55-of-97), fifth in the league, and 4.6 rebounds; and sophomore forward Anye Turner, a transfer from South Puget Sound CC, who is tied for second in the league in blocks at 1.3 (23) and is hitting 64.1 percent (25-of-39) of his field goals.
Wilkins has scored double-figure points in nine games this season, and Severson eight.
Montana State Billings is 11-9 overall and 4-5 in GNAC action. The Yellowjackets do not return a starter from last year's 18-12 team for second-year coach Jamie Stevens (29-21). The top returnee from that squad is 6-2 senior guard David Arnold (10.8 ppg).
Two talented four-year transfers are 6-7 senior forward Jarrell Clayton (15.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg) from Division I Boise State and 6-3 senior guard Omar McDade (12.3 ppg) from Division II Fort Hays State.
WWU holds a 15-3 series advantage, winning 95-80 at Billings on Jan. 5. Allen scored a game-high 25 points for the Vikings and Arnold had 24 for MSUB.
The Yellowjackets were the last team to defeat WWU,82-78, on March 2, 2012 in the GNAC tournament semifinals at Lacey.
Seattle Pacific, which was the GNAC preseason favorite in the coaches' poll (received eight of 10 first-place votes and outpointed second-place WWU, which got the other two first-place votes, 97-90), is 15-2 overall and 8-1 in league play.
The Falcons have participated in the last eight NCAA tournaments, the longest current streak in Division II. They advanced to the national semifinals in 2000 and 2006.
Leading SPU are two returning first-team all-conference picks - 6-2 junior guard David Downs (12.4 ppg, 5.6 apg) and 6-11 senior center Any Poling (10.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Also back is 6-6 senior forward Jobi Wall (14.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
A top newcomer for coach Ryan Looney (4th year, 80-26; 9th overall, 175-81) is 6-8 senior forward Patrick Simon (14.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) from Washington State.
The Falcons have won six straight games and 11 of their last 12, their only loss being 66-56 to WWU at Seattle on Jan. 3.
SPU ranks 15th nationally in scoring defense with a 60.7 average.
WWU trails 76-48 in the series, but has won the last four meetings after losing 12 of the previous 13. The two teams met in the 2012 West Regional championship game in Bellingham, where WWU prevailed 56-50.
TWO UNBEATENS LEFT: WWU is one of two unbeaten Division II teams remaining in the country. The other is No.1-rated Metro State (17-0).
STREAKS AND START: The Vikings are working on a school and GNAC-record 24-game winning streak over the last two seasons. WWU also has won 19 straight home games (9-0 this season) with the school standard being 20 (1970-72) ... The Vikings' unbeaten start of 18-0 ranks second in school history, the school best being 21-0 in 1971-72.
THREE-DOT NOTES: The Central Washington game was televised live regionally on ROOT Sports before a sellout crowd of 2,320 ... Jones has shot 50 percent or better in 16 of 18 games this season ... Jones has had 15 double-figure point games, Allen 14 and Woodworth 11 ... Allen was named Most Valuable Player at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic and he and Woodworth were co-MVPs at the WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic ... Also picked all-tournament at the SPHHC was Mitchell ... Allen and Jones have both earned GNAC POW recognition this season, Allen twice.
The Vikings received one first-place vote in the NABC Preseason Top 25 while being picked No.6 ... WWU was tabbed No.8 nationally in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll ... The Vikings will host Simon Fraser, the NCAA's first international member, in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSports.com) on March 2 (1 p.m.) ... WWU, which is the GNAC's defending regular season champion, was picked second behind Seattle Pacific in the league's preseason coaches' poll. WWU tied for the GNAC title in 2002 and 2005, won it outright in 2009 and took the regular-season crown in 2012.
WWU GETS GNAC TEAM HONOR: The Vikings earned GNAC Team of the Week honors for Dec. 30-Jan. 5, posting road triumphs over No.7-rated and conference preseason favorite Seattle Pacific, 66-56, and Montana State Billings, 95-80. MSUB was the last team to beat WWU, winning 82-78 on March 2, 2012, in the GNAC tournament semifinals at Lacey.
ALLEN 1,000 AND BEYOND: John Allen became the 23rd Viking to reach the 1,000 plateau in career scoring, and just the fifth who did not play four seasons at WWU to accomplish that feat, on Dec. 8 vs. Quest BC. Allen currently ranks 15th at 1,219, and is 16th in assists at 282. His six games with 30 or more points rank second in school history to Mike Franza, who had nine.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: John Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 pick. Besides Allen, Paul Jones and Richard Woodworth were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (18-0) is in his first season as head coach at WWU after being an associate head coach the previous two seasons and an assistant 17 years overall, all at WWU. During that stretch, the Vikings posted a 317-165 (.658) record, made six regional appearances and won five conference championships. WWU took the NCAA II national crown in 2012, winning a school record 31 games, and reached the national semifinals in 2001. As an assistant, Dominguez was responsible for recruiting, scouting, coordinating scheduling, and budgeting. He played a major role in the recruiting classes of past 12 seasons. Those teams had a winning percentage of .711 (246-100).
TOUGH EXHIBITIONS: The Vikings accounted well for themselves in a pair of road exhibition games against NCAA I opponents. They lost 88-78 at Washington on Oct. 24 and fell 105-87 at Duke, which has been ranked No.1 in the AP poll. WWU trailed by just two points, 74-72, against Washington with 4:30 to play, and versus Duke was within 11, 69-58, with 13:58 to go and 14, 99-85, with 2:13 remaining. The 18-point margin was the closest any defending DII national championship team had gotten to Duke since the Blue Devils began inviting those squads for exhibitions six years ago. In the combined second half of the games with Washington and Duke, the Vikings trailed by just four points. John Allen and Chris Mitchell each scored a team-high 17 points against Washington and Paul Jones added 15. Jones led the Vikings versus Duke with 20 points, 14 in the second half. Allen had 17, Woodworth 13 and Rico Wilkins added 12 off the bench.
NATIONAL CHAMPS! WWU won the 2012 national championship, defeating Montevallo, Ala., 72-65, on March 24 in a nationally televised game at Northern Heights, Kentucky. The Vikings finished 31-5, the win total being the most in school history. They won their final six games following a loss to Montana State Billings in the GNAC Tournament semifinal after winning the league's regular-season crown. It was the first NCAA basketball title at any level for a school from the state of Washington since Puget Sound won the NCAA II championship in 1976. Brad Jackson, who was the unanimous DII National Coach of the Year, resigned in late August to become an assistant at University of Washington, ending a 27-year, 518-win coaching tenure at WWU.
WEST REGION AT NCAA II ELITE EIGHT: A representative of the West Region has either won the national men's basketball title or been runner-up in each of the last four years. WWU won the title in 2012 after BYU Hawaii reached the final in 2011, and Cal Poly Pomona took the crown in 2010 after getting to the final in 2009.
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wwu.portal#. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletic web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com.
PROBABLE WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, **Jr., Bellevue, WA/Newport G John Allen, 6-1, **Sr., Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace/WSU C Chris Mitchell, 6-9, ***Sr., Everson, WA/Nooksack Valley F Austin Bragg, 6-9, Jr., JC, Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC F Paul Jones, 6-4, *Sr., Kent, WA/Kent-Meridian/Whatcom CC
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Jan. 24 - WWU 75, Alaska Anchorage 62 at Bellingham
Allen scored all of his game-high 21 points in the second half as WWU tied a 41-year old school record with its 23rd consecutive victory, defeating Alaska Anchorage, 75-62, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally, improved to 17-0 with the triumph and stayed atop the GNAC at 8-0. UAA, which had a three-game winning streak snapped, fell to 11-5 overall and 4-4 in the GNAC. Center Liam Gibcus had team-highs of 13 points and seven rebounds for the Seawolves. UAA held a 42-39 lead with 13 minutes left, but the Vikings ran off 13 straight points to take a 52-42 advantage with 8:27 to play. The charge proved decisive as the margin was never less than eight after that. Bragg had 15 points on 6-of-7 field-goal shooting for WWU, Jones had 12 points and seven rebounds, and Severson added 10 points off the bench. UAA held a 32-25 lead at halftime after closing the period on a 15-2 run. Allen was 8-of-11 from the field in the second half as the Vikings shot 57.7 percent (24-of-53) in the period after hitting just 33.3 percent (9-of-27) in the first half. WWU's previous 23-game winning streak ran from Feb. 20, 1971 to Feb. 15, 1972, a run that included 21 consecutive victories to open the 1971-72 season. That team ended up reaching the NAIA national quarterfinals. The streak is also the longest in the 12-year history of the GNAC. WWU now leads the series, 13-11, winning the last five meetings.
Jan. 26 - WWU 79, Alaska Fairbanks 66 at Bellingham
WWU set a school record with its 24th consecutive victory, defeating Alaska Fairbanks, 79-66, in a GNAC contest before a crowd of 1,725 at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally, improved to 18-0 overall and remained atop the GNAC at 9-0. Allen and Jones each had 18 points to pace WWU. UAF fell to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in the GNAC with its third straight loss. Pat Voeut led the Nanooks with 17 points. WWU held a 15-point lead, 50-35, a little less than five minutes into the second half, but the Nanooks rallied to pull within five, 57-52, on a pair of Voeut free throws with 11:09 to play. The margin was still just six, 62-56, with 5:43 to play, but WWU scored seven of the next eight points, capped by an Allen 3-pointer, to take a 69-57 lead with 4:09 left, and the margin stayed in double digits the rest of the way. Bragg had 15 points for WWU and Woodworth added 12. The Vikings had a 36-23 advantage in rebounds, with Jones grabbing 11 and Bragg 9. Dominique Brinson had 13 points for Alaska Fairbanks, and Stefan Tica and Dallen Bills came off the bench to contribute 11 and 10, respectively. It was the 11th straight series win over UAF for WWU, which holds a 24-8 overall advantage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The top two spots in this week's NABC/Division II national rankings are held by the last two undefeated teams in the nation, as Metropolitan State and Western Washington remain in those positions as the 2012-13 regular season nears the beginning of its final month.
The Roadrunners are ranked first for the second week in succession after winning a pair of road games to keep its perfect record intact, while Western Washington won two at home as well to move to 18-0. The changes begin at No. 3, where Kentucky Wesleyan resided last week before suffering three losses to drop all the way to No. 18.
West Liberty, Seattle Pacific and Cal Poly Pomona all moved up one spot apiece to complete the top five, while Bellarmine jumped over Minnesota State - who lost in overtime to Augustana Saturday - to take the No. 6 spot. Seventh-ranked Minnesota State is followed by Indiana (Pa.), Florida Southern and Lincoln Memorial to round out the front end of the rankings.
Alabama-Huntsville begins the second ten at No. 11, followed by Barton, Southern Indiana, Fort Lewis and Indianapolis. Sitting at No. 16 this week is Winston-Salem State, with Winona State, Kentucky Wesleyan, Rollins and East Stroudsburg - making its first appearance in the top 25 this year -- completing the top 20.
The final five teams in this week's poll are Washburn, Saint Anselm, Adams State, Harding and Wayne State (Mich.). Like East Stroudsburg, Saint Anselm and Harding are also making their first appearance of the season in the national top 25 this week.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Jan. 29, 2013 - Regular season poll #9)
Record Points Pvs 1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (13 first place votes) 17-0 397 1 2. Western Washington (3 first place votes) 18-0 387 2 3. West Liberty, W.Va. 17-1 365 3 4. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 15-2 348 4 5. Cal Poly Pomona 15-1 342 5 6. Bellarmine, Ky. 15-2 317 8 7. Minnesota State 16-2 261 7 8. Indiana, Pa. 15-2 259 9 9. Florida Southern 14-2 249 14 10. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 14-2 240 12 11. Alabama-Huntsville 14-3 231 13 12. Barton, N.C. 14-2 203 15 13. Southern Indiana 14-3 191 10 14. Fort Lewis, Colo. 14-2 171 20 15. Indianapolis, Ind. 14-3 162 11 16. Winston-Salem State, N.C. 15-3 139 19 17. Winona State, Minn. 18-3 137 25 18. Kentucky Wesleyan 14-3 113 3 19. Rollins, Fla. 14-3 87 17 20. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 15-2 86 NR 21. Washburn, Kan. 12-4 77 24 22. Saint Anselm, N.H. 14-3 76 NR 23. Adams State, Colo. 13-3 66 18 24. Harding, Ark. 16-3 57 NR 25. Wayne State, Mich. 13-3 54 22
Dropped out: Assumption (16), Newman (21), Charleston (23).
Others receiving votes: St. Cloud State (Minn.) 29, North Alabama 24, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 17, Dominican (N.Y.) 16, Central Missouri 13, Grand Valley State (Mich.) 12, Montevallo (Ala.) 11, Saint Leo (Fla.) 11, Cal State-San Bernardino 10, Colorado Mesa 8, Michigan Tech 8, Dixie State (Utah) 6, Wingate (N.C.) 6, Assumption (Mass.) 5, Newman (Kan.) 4, Augustana (S.D.) 2, Drury (Mo.) 2.
Records are through games of Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Men's Basketball Report Week 12 (Jan. 29, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 9 0 18 0 9-0 7-0 2-0 Seattle Pacific 8 1 15 2 8-1 6-0 1-1 Alaska Anchorage 5 4 12 5 10-2 2-3 0-0 Central Washington 5 4 11 6 5-2 3-2 3-2 Alaska Fairbanks 5 4 10 7 7-2 2-2 1-3 Montana State Billings 4 5 11 9 7-3 2-6 2-0 Northwest Nazarene 3 6 9 8 5-3 3-5 1-0 Western Oregon 3 6 8 9 6-3 1-6 1-0 Saint Martin's 2 7 6 11 3-3 1-4 2-4 Simon Fraser 1 8 6 11 5-4 1-6 0-1
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 62 at Western Washington 75; Alaska Fairbanks 54 at Simon Fraser 68; Saint Martin's 64 at MSU Billings 77; Western Oregon 72 at Seattle Pacific 78. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 86 at Simon Fraser 66; Alaska Fairbanks 66 at Western Washington 79; Northwest Nazarene 70 at Central Washington 81; Western Oregon 74 at MSU Billings 88; Saint Martin's 54 at Seattle Pacific 82.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington at Alaska Anchorage; Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Fairbanks; MSU Billings at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m. Saturday - Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Anchorage; Central Washington at Alaska Fairbanks; MSU Billings at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Western Oregon; Seattle Pacific at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.
ALL-TOURNAMENT: SPU (Nov. 9-10) - David Downs, SPU (MVP); Jobi Wall, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. UAA (Nov. 9-10) - Teancum Stafford, UAA (MVP); Kyle Fossman, UAA; Liam Gibcus, UAA; Stefan Tica, UAF. BYU Hawaii (Nov. 16-17) - David Downs, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Patrick Simon, SPU. UAF (Nov. 16-17) - Pat Voeut, UAF (MVP); Stefan Tica, UAF; Sergej Pucar, UAF. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 21-24) - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Teancum Stafford, UAA. Chico State (Nov. 23-24) - David Downs, SPU; Jobi Wall, SPU. Corban Capital City (Nov. 23-24) - Andy Avgi, WOU (MVP); Jordan Wiley, WOU. WWU Chuck Randall Classic (Nov. 23-24) - John Allen, WWU (Co-MVP); Richard Woodworth, WWU (Co-MVP). South Point Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - John Allen, WWU (MVP); Chris Mitchell, WWU.
POLLS: NABC (Jan. 22) - 2. Western Washington, 5. Seattle Pacific. (Note: The first official NCAA West Regional poll, which will eventually determine the five at-large teams that will join the GNAC, CCAA and PacWest champions in the regionals will be released Wednesday, Feb. 20).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES: 4 - Jarrell Crayton, MSUB; Austin Bragg, WWU. 3 - Anto Olah, SFU; Sergej Pucar, UAF; Paul Jones, WWU; Rei Jensen, SMU; Brandon Magee, CWU. 2 - David Gebru, SFU; Liam Gibcus, SFU; Chris Mitchell, WWU; Kevin Rima, NNU. 1 - 14 with 1.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Jan. 20): Team (Top 30): Scoring -6. Western Washington 89.4; 7. Central Washington 89.1. Scoring Defense - 15. Seattle Pacific 60.4. Scoring Margin - 3. Western Washington 21.4; 12. Seattle Pacific 14.7. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Western Washington 50.7. Three-Point Field Goals - 10. Alaska Anchorage 9.7. Three-Point Percentage - 12. Western Washington 41.1; 19. Alaska Anchorage 40.4; 22. Seattle Pacific 40.1. Three-Point Field Goal Defense - 4. Western Washington 27.8; 16. Seattle Pacific 29.3. Free Throw PCT. - 18. Central Washington 75.6. Rebound Margin - 5. Seattle Pacific 11.3; 8. Western Washington 10.4; 19. Alaska Fairbanks 7.4. Assists - 8. Seattle Pacific 18.9; 10. Alaska Anchorage 18.7; 15. Alaska Fairbanks 18.1; 27. Western Washington 16.7. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 4. Seattle Pacific 1.50; 12. Alaska Anchorage 1.34; 26. Western Washington 1.21; 30. Western Washington 1.20. Blocks - 11. Western Washington 5.2; 26. Northwest Nazarene 4.4. Fewest Turnovers - 12. Saint Martin's 11.2. Turnover Margin - 25. Central Washington 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 23. Saint Martin's 15.6. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 9. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 23.4. Field Goal PCT. - 19. Andy Avgi, WOU, 61.9; 25. Paul Jones, WWU, 60.1. Three-Point Field Goals - 22. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.93. Three-Point PCT. - 8. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 46.8; 13. Elijah Matthews, SFU, 45.6. Free Throw PCT. - 6. Jonathan Hawkins, NNU, 93.0; 28. Dominique Brinson, UAF, 87.5. Assists - 17. David Downs, SPU, 5.6; 25. Pat Voeut, UAF, 5.4. Steals - 18. Devon Alexander, WOU, 2.67. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 2. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.64; 5. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.11; 6. Brady Bomber, SMU, 3.10; 22. David Downs, SPU, 2.47.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jobi Wall, Seattle Pacific (W, 6-6, 215, Jr., Arvada, CO) scored 43 points, acquiring all but four from the arc where he made 13 of 19 (68.4 percent). Wall had a career-high 28 points in Thursday's 78-72 overtime win over Western Oregon, connecting on eight of 10 treys, one shy of the school-record. He made five of nine three-pointers and had 15 points in Saturday's 82-54 rout of Saint Martin's.
HONORABLE MENTION: John Allen, Western Washington; Liam Gibcus, Alaska Anchorage; Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's and David Arnold, MSU Billings ... Allen had 39 points on 66.7 percent shooting (16 of 24) as the Vikings ran their win streak to a school-record 24 games ... Gibcus had 28 points and 14 rebounds as the Seawolves split two games. Gibcus, who began the week shooting 67.5 percent from the foul line, made nine of nine... Saint Martin's Roger O'Neill scored 45 points and had 12 rebounds in losses at MSUB and SPU ... David Arnold scored 34 points (12-22 FGs, 4-8 from the arc) in leading MSU Billings to 13- and 14-point home victories.
Alaska Anchorage: Liam Gibcus led the Seawolves in scoring in both of their games, getting 13 in a 75-62 loss at Western Washington Thursday and 16 in a 86-66 win at Simon Fraser. He shot 58.8 percent (10 of 17) and had seven rebounds in each game (8 of the 14 off the offensive glass). UAA also got 26 points from Kyle Fossman and 24 from Teancum Stafford.
Alaska Fairbanks: Pat Voeut led the Nanooks with 26 points and Stefan Tica had 20 in losses at Burnaby and Bellingham. UAF was outshot 49.6 to 37.6 making just nine of 36 treys. It was also outrebounded 74-49.
Central Washington: Kevin Davis had 18 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots as the Wildcats defeated Northwest Nazarene by 11 points. It was CWU's first conference game this season that hadn't been decided by single digits. Davis was perfect from the floor (6 of 6) and made six of eight free throws. Mark McLaughlin led CWU with 29 points and Jordan Coby had 13 points.
Montana State Billings: Arnold shot 54.5 percent from the floor (12 of 22) and also had eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in netting 34 points in the Yellowjackets' two wins. Kalob Hatcher and Jarrell Crayton each had 27 points. Crayton made 10 of 16 shots and had 13 rebounds.
Northwest Nazarene: Kevin Rima scored 24 points and also had 12 rebounds in a 81-70 loss at Ellensburg. The Crusaders also got 17 points from Jonathan Hawkins. Rima made nine of 12 field goal attempts.
Saint Martin's: O'Neill shot 56.3 percent from the floor (18-32) and made six of 10 three-pointers in tallying his 45 points in losses at MSUB and SPU. Eric Taylor had 21 points and Matt Dodson produced 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Seattle Pacific: Patrick Simon nearly matched Wall's Player of the Week numbers, scoring 41 points. Simon made 15 of 24 shots (62.5) including nine of 16 three-pointers. He also had six rebounds and three steals. Riley Stockton had more rebounds (17), assists (10) and steals (9) than he did points (8) as the Falcons improved to 8-1 in the GNAC, matching the third best first-half record in GNAC history.
Simon Fraser: Elijah Matthews had 26 points to lead the Clan to a split with UAF and UAA. Matthews made nine of 14 shots, 4 of 7 from the arc. Ibrahim Appiah and Keegan Dunlop chipped in with 22 and 21 points, respectively.
Western Oregon: Kolton Nelson made 11 of 15 shots and scored a team-high 27 points in losses at Seattle Pacific and MSU Billings. Tyler Funk and Jordan Wiley each had 20 points.
Western Washington: In addition to shooting 66.7 percent from the floor, Allen also shot 55.6 (5 of 9) from the arc. He also led WWU with nine assists. Austin Bragg (11 of 13 shooting) and Paul Jones each scored 30 points. Jones had 18 rebounds as the Vikings outboarded UAA and UAF by a 72-59 count.
PERFECT STARTS: Western Washington is just the second team in GNAC history to complete the first half of its conference season unbeaten. Alaska Anchorage accomplished that feat in the 2007-08 season. Only two teams have gone 9-0 in the second half - the 2001-02 Western Washington team which didn't qualify for the playoffs and the 2007-08 Central Washington squad. WWU's women are also 9-0 at the midway point, the first time men's and women's teams at the same school have been unbeaten at the midway point of their conference schedules.
Team (Year) 1st 2nd Fin. Alaska Anchorage (2007-08) 9-0 16-2 Central Washington (2007-08) 9-0 15-3 Western Washington (2001-02) 9-0 15-3 Western Washington (2012-13) 9-0 TBA
GNAC FINISHES AT .726: GNAC teams completed the non-conference portion of their schedules with a .726 winning percentage (61-23), the second best mark in the 12-year history of the conference. Conference teams were 36-20 in Division II contests, including 25-14 in regional counters (16-12 against the PacWest, 2-1 against CCAA teams and 7-1 in games against schools that count as regional counters due to the NCAA "contiguous" state rule). Nine of the 10 conference teams posted winning records in the non-conference portion of their schedules. The 10th school - Saint Martin's - finished with a .500 non-conference record.
GNAC (2) vs. CCAA (1): UAF 1-0, SPU 1-1. CCAA (1) vs. GNAC (2): San Francisco State 1-0, Chico State 0-1, CSU Monterey Bay 0-1.
GNAC (16) vs. PacWest (12): SPU 4-0, WWU 2-0, CWU 3-1, SMU 2-1, NNU 2-2, WOU 1-2, MSUB 1-3, SFU 1-3. PacWest (12) vs. GNAC (16): Grand Canyon 2-0, Fresno Pacific 1-0, Dominican 1-0, Dixie State 1-0, Azusa Pacific 2-1, Chaminade 2-1, Hawaii Hilo 1-2, Academy of Art 1-3, BYU-Hawaii 1-3, Point Loma Nazarene 0-1, Hawaii Pacific 0-2, Notre Dame de Namur 0-3.
Playoff Region Elite 8 Year Non-Conference Berths W-L W-L 2001-02 43-48 (.473) 2 2-2 2002-03 51-39 (.567) 2 1-2 2003-04 58-35 (.624) 3 5-2 1-1 2004-05 60-31 (.659) 3 3-3 2005-06 65-27 (.707) 5 5-4 1-1 2006-07 57-44 (.564) 3 1-3 2007-08 60-36 (.625) 3 4-2 1-1 2008-09 62-36 (.633) 3 1-3 2009-10 73-24 (.753) 3 1-3 2010-11 48-34 (.585) 3 2-3 2011-12 59-29 (.670) 4 6-3 3-0 2012-13 61-23 (.726) ??? ??? ??? Totals (10 years) 34 31-30 6-3
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PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Nov. 5-11: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Jr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) was named the Most Valuable Player leading the Falcons to the team title in Sodexo Tip Off Classic at Brougham Pavilion. Downs scored 31 points and also had a team-high nine assists as SPU debuted with 20- and 19-point victories. Downs made eight of 14 shots, including four of eight treys. He also led SPU with three steals and had just two turnovers.
Week of Nov. 12-18: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 46 points and also had 19 assists, nine rebounds and five steals leading the Nanooks to the team title in the GCI Alaska Invitational at Fairbanks. Voeut, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, made 17 of 26 shots, including three of six three-pointers.
Week of Nov. 19-25: Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR) scored 52 points and also had 15 rebounds in earning MVP honors in the Capital City Classic. Avgi, who leads the GNAC in field goal percentage shooting 71.0 percent (44 of 62), made 20 of 25 shots (including 10 of 11 against Corban), including his only three-pointer. He also blocked two shots and had three steals.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Fr., Fontana, CA) came off the bench to score 48 points, including 28 in a 118-113 triple overtime win over Central Washington Saturday as the Wolves extended their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Alexander scored nine of WOU's 13 points in the decisive third overtime period. He also had 13 steals, including a GNAC-record tying eight (for conference contests) in a 92-84 win against Northwest Nazarene Thursday. In the two contests, Alexander made 16 of 29 shots, including four of six three-pointers. He also converted on 12 of 13 foul shots, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists.
Week of Dec. 3-9: Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA) scored 43 points in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. Jones had 27 against the Coyotes, making nine of 16 shots as NNU extended its win streak over its county rivals to seven. He then netted 16 points and had four steals in a 20-point win over New Hope Christian.
Week of Dec. 10-16: Jarrell Crayton, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Bellevue, NE - Boise State) had 14 points and 14 rebounds accounting for 23.0 and 36.8 percent of team totals in a 71-61 loss at Grand Canyon. Crayton made seven of 13 shots and also had a pair of steals. Crayton's rebound total was the most for a MSUB player since Robert Mayes grabbed 15 against SPU on Feb. 18.
Week of Dec. 17-23: John Allen, Western Washington (G, 190, Sr., Brier, WA - Mountlake Terrace) scored 47 points leading the Vikings to wins over 14th ranked Drury (72-69) and Central Oklahoma (103-74) in the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas. Allen, who was named the tournament's MVP, made 14 of 28 shots, including nine of 17 three-point shots. He also had six assists and three steals. The two wins extended WWU's win streak to 15, matching the second longest in school and GNAC history.
Week of Dec. 24-30: Paul Jones, Western Washington (F, 6-4, Sr., Kent, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 26 points and also had six rebounds and a pair of blocks to lead Western Washington to a 98-62 win over Thompson Rivers Sunday as the Vikings extended their win streak to 16. That is the second longest win streak in GNAC history and is also the second longest in WWU school history. The Vikings have also won 15 straight home games, which equals the sixth longest streak in conference history.
Week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, 170, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) and Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Sr., Edmonds, WA - Meadowdale) ... Voeut scored 31 points in a pair of road wins as the Nanooks snapped a 17-game losing streak on opponents' home courts with victories at Central Washington (82-75) and Northwest Nazarene (74-55). Voeut converted on 12 of 20 shots and also led his team in assists (8) and steals (6). O'Neill tied his career high with 24 points in a 71-59 home win against Western Oregon Saturday. He scored SMU's first nine points of the game and finished the first half with 16 points as the Saints built a 39-23 lead at the break.
Week of Jan. 7-13: Dominique Brinson, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-2, 180, Sr., Juneau, AK - College of the Redwoods) scored 44 points, including 28 in a 89-56 win over Western Oregon, as the Nanooks ran their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Brinson blistered the nets for a 61.5 percentage (16 of 26) converting on nine of 17 treys. He made six of eight from the arc against the Wolves while also adding seven rebounds and six assists in Saturday's victory.
Week of Jan. 14-20: John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Brier, WA - Mountlake Terrace) scored 46 points including 38 in the Vikings' 91-81 road win at Western Oregon Thursday. His 38 points against the Wolves was most by a GNAC player in nearly two years. In the two games he made 17 of 29 field goals attempts, including 6 of 10 three-pointers. He also had 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
2012-13 GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball). Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - Western Washington (Women's Soccer). Nov. 5-11 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Nov. 12-18 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Nov. 19-25 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's Basketball). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball). Dec. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Women's Basketball). Dec. 17-23 -Western Washington (Women's Basketball). Dec. 24-30 - MSU Billings (Women's Basketball). Dec. 31-Jan. 6 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball). Jan. 7-13 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Jan. 14-20 - Saint Martin's (Women's Basketball).
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