Jan. 31, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Riding a four-game winning streak, the Western Washington University men's basketball team entertains University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (9 p.m.) in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest 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. The contest also can be heard on KPUG Radio (1170 AM-Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten handling the broadcast. Live stats are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
THE LAST MEETING
January 2, 2014
WWU pulls away to win 104-89 at UAA
Guard Richard Woodworth had 24 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in career scoring and helping Western Washington University defeat University of Alaska Anchorage, 104-89, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday between two nationally ranked teams at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.
Fans are encouraged to wear Seattle Seahawks gear to the game.
The Vikings, who won 104-89 at UAA on Jan. 2, are 14-4 overall and tied for first in the conference standings at 8-2 with Seattle Pacific (17-4). On Thursday, WWU edged Alaska Fairbanks, 53-51. The Nanooks entered the game as one of three teams tied for the GNAC lead.
The 53 points were the fewest scored by the Vikings in a win since a 53-47 victory over Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 22, 1983; and a 47-43 triumph over Montana Tech on Jan. 2, 1981.
Prior to its current victory string, the Vikings had lost four of six games after opening the season with eight wins.
WWU is 11-1 at home this season, and has won 38 of its last 39 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.
UAA is 13-8 overall and fourth in the GNAC at 6-4. The Seawolves, who have won three straight games and four of their last five, lead the conference in scoring offense at 87.9 with WWU second at 86.3. They won 65-64 on Thursday at Simon Fraser.
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 113. The Vikings are seventh in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.0.
WWU tops the GNAC in 3-point percentage defense (28.0), field-goal percentage defense (43.2), blocks (6.3), rebounding margin (5.8) and offensive rebounds (14.1). The Vikings are second in scoring offense (86.3).
BRAGG: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top six in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 9.2 per game, is second in blocks at 2.0, third in offensive rebounds at 3.3, and fifth in both field-goal percentage at 58.9 (109-of-185) and scoring at 17.3.
Bragg tops the GNAC in double-doubles (points and rebounds) with eight after leading the conference last year with that same number. 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 17 times this season.
WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth is averaging 15.5 points per game and is shooting a team-best 82.6 percent (76-of-92) 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 1,076 ranks 19th and he is 17th in assists at 298.
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 a pair of 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 1.8, third in rebounds at 8.4, fifth in steals at 1.6 and sixth in field-goal shooting at 57.9 (73-of-126).
On the season, he is averaging 10.8 points and has had four 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.
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
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ALASKA ANCHORAGE: The Seawolves, picked second in the GNAC Coaches Poll, are 13-8 overall (Jan. 30 at Simon Fraser) and fourth in GNAC play at 6-4. They have won three straight games and four of their last five. UAA is led by the two standout 3-point shooters, who rank fifth-ninth nationally and one-two in the GNAC in made treys (3.8 and 3.5). They are 6-1 junior guard Travis Thompson (22.5 ppg-2nd GNAC & 13th nationally, 41.0 3-pt. pct., 80-195; 90.4 FT Pct., 122-135-2nd 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 (15.8 ppg, 43.2 3-pt. pct., 73-169), a first-team GNAC all-star last season. Another top returnee is 6-5 junior forward Teancum Stafford (13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 36.3 3-pt. pct., 41-113), a second-team GNAC all-star last year. A top transfer for coach Rusty Osborne (10th year, 188-101) is 6-2 sophomore guard Brian McGill (17.2 ppg, 6.2 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 1,029.
UAA leads the nation in 3-point makes (264) and attempts (225), fewest turnovers per game (8.5), and assist-turnover ratio (2.10). The Seawolves are second in free-throw percentage (80.3), third in 3-point field goals per game (12.6), fourth in total assists (374),11th in fewest turnovers (178) and 15th in scoring offense (87.9). UAA leads the conference in scoring offense (87.9), 3-point makes (12.6) and free-throw shooting (80.3 percent) and is second in 3-point percentage (39.7).
NABC TOP 25 POLL: On Jan. 21, WWU fell out of the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012. That snapped a school-record streak of 31national poll appearances.
FREE THROW UPS AND DOWNS: WWU is shooting 67.6 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.
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 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.
Jan. 30 - WWU defeats Alaska Fairbanks, 53-51, the fewest points by the Vikings in a win since a 53-47 victory over Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 22, 1983, and a 47-43 triumph over Montana Tech on Jan. 2, 1981.
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.
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: 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, 45-7, 86.5 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/
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
RECENT GAME SUMMARY:
WWU 53, Alaska Fairbanks 51 at Bellingham, WA
Bragg notched his eighth double-double of the season with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds, lifting WWU to a 53-51 victory over Alaska Fairbanks in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. WWU triumphed for the fourth straight game despite a season-low point mark that was 35 below its 88-point-a-game average. UAF fell to 12-6 overall and 7-3 in the GNAC despite a game-high 20 points from forward Andrew Kelly, who was 10-of-13 from the field and added nine rebounds. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Nanooks, who defeated WWU, 65-61, at Fairbanks on Jan. 4. WWU trailed, 33-31, with 12:46 to play, but went on a 14-2 run to take a 45-35 advantage with 6:39 to go. Thorpe came off the bench to contribute six points in the run. The Vikings were still up by nine with under two minutes remaining, but 3-pointers in the final minute by Ronnie Baker and Stefan Tica closed the margin to two, 53-51, with 1.9 seconds left. WWU's Colby Mitchell then missed two free throws with 0.6 seconds left, but Kelly's 80-foot heave at the buzzer was well off-line to the right. Turner had 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Vikings, who shot a season-low 35.4 percent (17-of-48) from the field, but held the Nanooks to 36.8 percent (21-of-57) and had a 42-33 advantage in rebounding. The Vikings had a 9-2 lead less than five minutes into the contest, but had just one field goal in the next eight minutes, allowing UAF to eventually tie the score at 21-21 before WWU took a 27-24 halftime lead.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 12A (Jan. 31, 2014)
W L W L H A N
Seattle Pacific 8 2 17 4 8-1 3-3 6-0
Western Washington 8 2 14 4 11-1 3-1 0-2
Alaska Fairbanks 7 3 12 6 8-0 3-4 1-2
Alaska Anchorage 6 4 13 8 8-5 3-2 2-1
Central Washington 5 4 9 8 6-2 2-3 1-3
Western Oregon 4 6 11 9 7-4 2-4 2-1
MSU Billings 4 6 8 10 5-5 2-4 1-1
Northwest Nazarene 3 6 5 12 4-7 1-4 0-1
Saint Martin's 3 7 6 12 3-3 3-6 0-2
Simon Fraser 1 9 8 10 6-5 2-4 0-0
Region Records - Western Washington 11-3, Seattle Pacific 13-4, Alaska Anchorage 9-5, Alaska Fairbanks 10-6, Central Washington 7-6, Western Oregon 7-9. MSU Billings 5-9, Simon Fraser 4-10, Saint Martin's 4-12. 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 65 at Simon Fraser 64; Alaska Fairbanks 51 at Western Washington 53; Western Oregon 84 at MSU Billings 77; Saint Martin's 53 at Seattle Pacific 76. 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).
NEXT WEEK: Thursday (Feb. 6) - Seattle Pacific at Alaska Anchorage; MSU Billings at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Western Oregon, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin's, 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 8) - Montana State Billings at Alaska Anchorage; Seattle Pacific at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Saint Martin's, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5 p.m. (ROOT SPORTS); Western Washington at Simon Fraser.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Jan. 30): Team: Scoring - 15. Alaska Anchorage 87.9; 21. Western Washington 86.3; 29. Central Washington 85.5. Scoring Defense - 17. Alaska Fairbanks 65.3; 24. Seattle Pacific 66.1. Scoring Margin - 25. Seattle Pacific 12.2; 27. Alaska Anchorage 12.1. Field Goal PCT. - 10. Seattle Pacific 51.0. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.6; 12. Northwest Nazarene 10.2; 26. MSU Billings 9.1. Three-Point PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 42.1; 28. Alaska Anchorage 39.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 7. Western Washington 28.0. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 80.3; 27. Central Washington 75.7. Assists - 16. Alaska Anchorage 17.8. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.10; 7. Seattle Pacific 1.61; 15. MSU Billings 1.49. Steals - 15. Western Oregon 9.3. Blocked Shots - 1. Western Washington 6.3. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.5; 2. Seattle Pacific 8.7; 16. MSU Billings 10.4; 27. Alaska Fairbanks 10.9. Turnover Margin - 14. Alaska Fairbanks 4.5; 19. Alaska Anchorage 3.9. Fewest Fouls - 6. Alaska Fairbanks 15.3; 12. Seattle Pacific 15.8; 21. Northwest Nazarene 16.4. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 28.3; 13. Travis Thompson, UAA, 22.5. Field Goal PCT. - 7. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 66.4; 8. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.0; 22. Austin Hudson, MSUB, 61.3. Three-Point FGs - 5. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.81; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.48. Three-Point PCT. - 6. Patrick Simon, SPU, 51.0; 8. David Downs, SPU, 50.9; 26. Derek Isaak, NNU, 45.0. Free Throw PCT. - 9. Travis Thompson, UAA, 90.4. Assists - 7. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.1; 16. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.2. Blocked Shots - 20. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.47. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.22; 17. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.17; 25. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 2.89. Double-Doubles - 21. Austin Bragg, WWU, 8.
DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Jan. 31): 8 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 6 - JB Pillard, CWU. 5 - Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Teancum Stafford, UAA; Kevin Davis, CWU. 4- Austin Hudson, MSUB; Andrew Kelly, UAF. Anye Turner, WWU. 2 - Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Kalob Hatcher, MSUB. 1 - Eight with.
30-POINT GAMES (Through Jan. 31): 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. 31): 15 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 14 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU 12 - David Downs, SPU. 7 - Brian McGill, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Austin Bragg, WWU; Richard Woodworth, WWU. 5 - Patrick Simon, SPU.
10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Jan. 31): 9 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 6 - Kevin Davis, CWU; JB Pillard, CWU. 5 - Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Andrew Kelly, UAF; Anye Turner, WWU. 4 - Austin Hudson, MSUB- 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. 28) - 20. Seattle Pacific; 33. Western Washington.
ALL-REGION: CoSIDA Academic - David Downs, SPU (Accounting, Sr., 3.80, Kirkland, WA); Teancum Stafford, UAA (Psychology, Jr., 4.00, Auburn, WA); Riley Stockton, SPU (Business Administration, Jr., 3.87, Spokane, WA).
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).