Tied for GNAC lead, WWU at Simon Fraser on Saturday

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Feb. 4, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Tied for the conference lead and riding a five-game winning streak, the Western Washington University men's basketball team begins a stretch of three road games, traveling to Simon Fraser University on Saturday (7 p.m.) for a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest.

Live stats and a video stream are available at wwuvikings.com.

The Vikings are 15-4 overall and tied for first place in the GNAC at 9-2 with Seattle Pacific (18-4). Last week, they edged Alaska Fairbanks, 53-51, and ran past Alaska Anchorage, 99-76. That earned them GNAC Team of the Week honors for the second time this season.

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Bragg, Turner lead No. 20 WWU past Simon Fraser, 82-69
Center Austin Bragg and forward Anye Turner combined for 52 points and 32 rebounds as Western Washington University defeated Simon Fraser University, 82-69, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The 53 points were the fewest scored by WWU 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.

WWU is 12-1 at home this season, and has won 39 of its last 40 games at Carver Gym. The Vikings had a school-record 36-game home win streak 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.

Prior to the current victory string, WWU had lost four of six games after opening the season with eight wins. It was during the down stretch that the Vikings lost starting freshman forward Joey Schreiber for an indefinite period with facial fractures suffered in an 82-69 home win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11

Schreiber is currently being fitted with a protective mask and could be available to play by the middle of this month.

SFU is 9-10 overall and last in the conference standings at 2-9, losing nine of its last 12 games following a 6-1 start.

NCAA II AND GNAC STATS: WWU ranks second nationally among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 6.2 and is fifth in total blocks with 117. The Vikings are sixth in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 28.8.

WWU tops the GNAC in 3-point percentage defense (28.8), field-goal percentage defense (43.2), blocks (6.2), rebounding margin (6.7) and offensive rebounds (13.9). The Vikings are second in scoring offense (87.0).

BRAGG: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top six in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 9.3 per game, is second in blocks at 1.9 and offensive rebounds at 3.3, and fifth in field-goal percentage at 59.0 (115-of-195) and scoring at 17.1.

On Saturday against Alaska Anchorage, Bragg had just the second triple-double in school history and only the third in GNAC history, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He tops the GNAC in double-doubles this season with nine after leading the conference last year with eight.

Bragg, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds versus Alaska Fairbanks last Thursday, earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for the second time this season and for the third time during his two-year career at WWU after transferring from Clark CC. His other GNAC POW honor this season was for Nov. 24-30 when he had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in the Metro State victory on Nov. 30.

Bragg has shot 50 percent or better from the floor 18 times this season. In WWU's win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11, Bragg had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.

WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth is averaging 16.0 points per game and is shooting a team-best 44.1 percent (26-of-59) from 3-point range and 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 1,100 ranks 17th and he is 17th in assists at 301. 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, has averaged 14.5 points over the last four games. This season, he is scoring at a 10.8 clip and leads the team with 28 steals.

TURNER: Junior forward Anye Turner ranks second among GNAC leaders in rebounds at 8.6 per game, third in blocks at 1.7,fifth in steals at 1.5 and sixth in field-goal shooting at 57.6 (76-of-132).

On the season, he is averaging 10.6 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.

UPCOMING GAMES:

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.)

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SIMON FRASER: The Clan is 9-10 overall and 2-9 in GNAC play, losing nine of its last 12 following a 6-1 start. SFU, 7-5 at home, is led by two transfers from Chaffey (Calif.) College, 6-0 junior guard Sango Niang (Paris, France - 12.8 ppg, 5.1 apg, 45.5 3-pt. pct.) and 6-3 junior guard Justin Cole (13.6 ppg, 42.1 3-pt. pct.). Four top returnees for coach James Blake (4th year, 26-69) are 6-4 senior guard Taylor Dunn (12.3 ppg), 6-9 senior center David Gebru (11.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg), 6-6 senior forward Ibrahim Appiah (8.6 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and 6-1 senior guard Elijah Matthews (9.5 ppg). SFU, the NCAA's first international member, is in its second year as a full member of that organization. Prior to that, SFU was a member of the NAIA and Canadian Interuniversity Sports. WWU holds a 49-23 series advantage, winning the last 11 meetings after an 82-69 win at Bellingham on Jan. 11.

SCHREIBER MAY RETURN BY MID-FEBRUARY: Redshirt freshman forward Joey Schreiber, who has been out of action since mid-January, could return to play by the middle of this month. He is currently being fitted with a protective mask after undergoing surgery for facial fractures suffered 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 WWU's 13 games 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 has had eight double-figure scoring games with a high of 23 points in a 67-66 win over Western Oregon on Dec. 5.

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 67.7 percent at the free-throw line this season, the only team in the GNAC under 70 percent. But the Vikings have had some exceptional games 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.

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.

Feb. 1 - Bragg posted just the second triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) in school history and WWU made 16-of-27 3-pointers in a 99-76 win over Alaska Anchorage.

ROOT SPORTS: Three WWU home games are being televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30) this season. They include Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15, Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 1 and versus Central Washington on Feb. 22.

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.2 Tarleton State, No.12 Cal State San Bernardino and No.19 Seattle Pacific ... WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 after prevailing 72-69 over top-ranked Metro State, and Jan. 26-Feb. 1 after a home sweep of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage.

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, 46-7, 86.8 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 SoundCC
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. 30 -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.

Feb. 1 - WWU 99, Alaska Anchorage 76 at Bellingham, WA

Bragg had the second triple-double in school history, leading WWU to a 99-76 victory over Alaska Anchorage in a regionally televised GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Bragg had 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists as the Vikings improved to 15-4 with their fifth straight win and remained tied with Seattle Pacific for first in the GNAC at 9-2. Woodworth and Parker each had 24 points for the Vikings, the mark being a career-high for Parker. UAA fell to 13-9 overall and 6-5 in the GNAC. Guard Travis Thompson led four Seawolves in double figures with 16 points, and guard Brian McGill added 15 points and six assists. WWU never trailed, jumping to an 11-0 lead 3:22 into the contest. The Vikings led by as much as 18 in the first half and held a 45-32 advantage at halftime. WWU extended the lead throughout the second half, shooting 69.0 percent (20-of-29) from the field after halftime, including 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) on 3-pointers. For the game, the Vikings shot 62.9 percent (39-of-62) from the field, going 16-of-27 (59.3 percent) on 3-pointers. Woodworth was 8-of-10, including 6-of-7 on treys. Harris, Jr., added 17 points for the Vikings, and Turner had 11 rebounds as WWU had a 40-17 advantage on the boards. Kyle Fossman had 14 points for UAA, and Teancum Stafford added 12. Bragg's triple-double was the first by a WWU player since Jason Burrell accomplished the feat on Jan. 16, 2003, and just the third in GNAC history.

Men's Basketball: 19th Ranked Seattle Pacific Heads To Alaska For Weekend Set

PORTLAND, Ore. - Seattle Pacific will take a No. 19 NABC national ranking and a seven-game win streak to Alaska this week. The Falcons (18-4, 9-2) play at Alaska Anchorage (13-9, 6-5) Thursday and Alaska Fairbanks (12-7, 7-4) Saturday.

Meanwhile, Western Washington (15-4, 9-2), which is tied with SPU for first-place in the GNAC, visits Simon Fraser (9-10, 2-9), which has shown signs of life splitting its last four conference games after ending a 17-game conference game losing streak. WWU, which is among "others receiving votes" in the national poll (31st overall), has won five straight.

In addition to the SPU/UAA game, three other games are on Thursday's schedule. Montana State Billings (11-10, 4-7) visits Alaska Fairbanks, Western Oregon (11-10, 4-7) entertains Central Washington (10-8, 6-4) and Northwest Nazarene (5-13, 3-7) visits Saint Martin's (7-12, 4-7).

On Saturday, NNU plays at Western Oregon in the ROOT Sports TV Game of the Week, MSUB visits UAA, SPU visits UAF and CWU plays at SMU. The WWU/SFU game completes the five-game schedule.

Six teams will eventually qualify for the GNAC tournament in March and with three teams currently tied for sixth with 4-7 records (WOU, MSUB and SMU) and a fourth just one-half game back at 3-7 (NNU), this figures to be a key week.

First Regional Poll Two Weeks Away

The first NCAA West Regional poll, which will eventually determine the five teams that will join the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA champions in next month's regional, is still two weeks away. The first of three polls will be released Wednesday, Feb. 19.

While the NABC national poll relies more on wins and losses, the official NCAA regional poll also takes into account strength of schedule. That could benefit Western Washington which has given top-ranked Metro State (18-1) its only loss and has already played (and lost to) second-ranked Tarleton State (18-0) and No. 12 Cal State San Bernardino (16-2).

Currently, just three other West Region teams in addition to Seattle Pacific, are nationally ranked led by CSU San Bernardino. California Baptist (18-1) is ranked 13th and Cal Poly Pomona (15-3) is ranked 18th. One of Cal Poly Pomona's three losses came at the hands of Western Oregon.

McLaughlin Stays on Top In National Scoring Race

Mark McLaughlin of Central Washington maintained his No. 1 national ranking in this week's NCAA Division II scoring race.

McLaughlin leads Division II with a 28.4 average. In conference games, McLaughlin is averaging 31.3 points per game, 10 more than Alaska Anchorage's Travis Thompson who ranks second in the GNAC with a 21.3 average.

In all games, Thompson is averaging 22.2 and ranks 13th nationally. Thompson also ranks seventh in three-pointers made (3.73) and eighth in free throw percentage (90.0).

Patrick Simon of Seattle Pacific ranks second in three-point percentage, shooting 51.9 percent, nearly two points better than teammate David Downs who is shooting 50.0 percent from the arc and ranks eighth nationally.

Four other GNAC players rank in the Top 10 in this week's national report.

Andrew Kelly of Alaska Fairbanks leads the GNAC and ranks seventh nationally in field goal percentage (67.3). CWU's J.B. Pillard ranks ninth with a 66.9 percentage.

Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage ranks ninth in three-pointers made (3.41) and Montana State Billings point guard Kalob Hatcher is seventh in assists, averaging 7.0 per game.

Only one player in GNAC history - Alaska Anchorage's Luke Cooper (8.21 in 2007 and 8.86 in 2008) has finished a season with an assist average of at least seven per game.

Thursday's UAA/SPU game will feature two teams ranked nationally in the Top 10 in eight different statistical categories.

The Seawolves rank first in fewest turnovers (8.5), while the Falcons are second (9.0). UAA also ranks second in assist/turnover ratio (2.06) and free throw percentage (80.2) and third in three-pointers made (12.5).

SPU is sixth in three-point percentage (42.5) and ninth in both field goal percentage (51.2) and assist/turnover ratio (1.57).

Western Washington is second in blocked shots (6.2) and sixth in three-point defense (28.8). Alaska Fairbanks is seventh in fewest fouls (15.5).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 2): Team: Scoring - 16. Alaska Anchorage 87.4; 17. Western Washington 87.0; 30. Central Washington 85.5. Scoring Defense - 18. Seattle Pacific 65.3; 20. Alaska Fairbanks 65.6. Scoring Margin - 18. Seattle Pacific 13.1. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 51.2; 24. Western Washington 49.5; 27. Central Washington 49.3. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.5; 16. Northwest Nazarene 10.0; 29. MSU Billings 9.1. Three-Point PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 42.5; 29. Alaska Anchorage 39.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 6. Western Washington 28.8. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 80.2; 24. Central Washington 76.0. Rebounds - 29. Western Washington 6.7. Assists - 17. Alaska Anchorage 17.6. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Alaska Anchorage 2.06; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.57; 15. MSU Billings 1.46. Steals - 16. Western Oregon 9.3. Blocked Shots - 2. Western Washington 6.2. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.5; 2. Seattle Pacific 9.0; 20. MSU Billings 10.4; 30. Alaska Fairbanks 11.1. Turnover Margin - 15. Alaska Fairbanks 4.4; 19. Alaska Anchorage 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 7. Alaska Fairbanks 15.5; 14. Seattle Pacific 15.8; 17. Northwest Nazarene 16.4. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 28.4; 13. Travis Thompson, UAA, 22.2. Field Goal PCT. - 7. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 67.3; 9. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.9. Three-Point FGs - 7. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.73; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.41. Three-Point PCT. - 2. Patrick Simon, SPU, 51.9; 8. David Downs, SPU, 50.0; 26. Derek Isaak, NNU, 44.8. Free Throw PCT. - 8. Travis Thompson, UAA, 90.0; 28. Evan Coulter, SMU, 87.7. Assists - 7. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.0; 18. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.2. Blocked Shots - 25. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.31. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.20; 22. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.96; 25. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 2.89. Double-Doubles - 17. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Feb. 2): 9 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 6 - JB Pillard, CWU; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU. 5 -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 - Nine with.

30-POINT GAMES (Through Feb. 2): 7 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 4 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 3 - Patrick Simon, SPU. 1 - Austin Bragg, WWU, David Downs, SPU; Evan Coulter, SMU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Richard Woodworth, WWU; Kevin Rima, NNU.

20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Feb. 2): 15 - Travis Thompson, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 12 - David Downs, SPU. 7 - Richard Woodworth, WWU. Brian McGill, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Austin Bragg, WWU; 5 - Patrick Simon, SPU.

10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Feb. 2): 10 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 6 - Kevin Davis, CWU; JB Pillard, CWU; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Anye Turner, WWU. 5 - Andrew Kelly, UAF. 4 - Austin Hudson, MSUB. 3 - Kevin Rima, NNU.

LAST WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS:

GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 31 points, 26 rebounds and 13 assists and recorded the first triple-double in the GNAC in 10 years in leading the Vikings to wins over Alaska Fairbanks (53-51) and Alaska Anchorage (99-76). Bragg had one-third of WWU's points (18 of 53) and rebounds (14 of 42) in Thursday's win against the Nanooks before recording the third triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in GNAC history in Saturday's regionally televised win over Alaska Anchorage. In the two contests, Bragg made 12 of 20 field goal attempts and all five of his free throw attempts.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kalob Hatcher, MSU Billings (G, 5-11, Sr., San Diego, CA - Irvine Valley) scored 57 points and also had 12 assists, accounting directly or indirectly for at least 55 percent of the Yellowjackets' points in home losses to Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Hatcher made 16-of-27 field goal attempts, including 4-of-6 treys ... Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 42 points, including 35 in a 83-70 win at MSU Billings. Coulter made 10-of-14 shots, including 5-of-7 treys against the Yellowjackets ... Ibrahim Appiah, Simon Fraser (F, 6-6, Sr., Montreal, QC - Champlain) had back-to-back double-doubles, his fifth and sixth of the year as the Clan earned a split for the second week in a row. Appiah, who is the GNAC career-active rebounding leader with 556 (ranks 23rd overall), had 23 points and 23 rebounds in a pair of contests.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) recorded his eighth consecutive 20-point game, scoring 29 points in a 86-66 home win over Northwest Nazarene. During that stretch he has scored 30 or more points five times and is averaging 33.4 points per contest ... Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL - Ellsworth CC) scored a career-high 21 points and also had a team-high four assists in NNU's loss to CWU.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Bragg joins Jason Burrell of Western Washington (16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assist versus Alaska Fairbanks, Jan. 16, 2003) and Robert Day of Western Oregon (21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists versus Montana State Billings, Dec. 16, 2003) as the only male players in GNAC history to record a triple-double.

FINDING HIS AIM: For a season and a half, Central Washington's Mark McLaughlin, who leads Division II in scoring (28.4) was a 24 percent career three-point shooter, making just 37 of 154 from beyond the arc. But, since Jan. 4, he has made 25 of 45 treys to raise his career percentage to 31.2. In conference games, he ranks third in three-point percentage (26-of-50, 52.0) trailing only Patrick Simon of Seattle Pacific who is shooting 61.9 percent (26-of-42) and Evan Coulter of Simon Fraser who has a 52.5 conference-game percentage (21-of-40). During that same stretch McLaughlin has made 71-of-78 free throws, a 91.0 percentage compared to his career percentage of 82.2. One of his seven misses was intentional.

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 Northwest Nazarene and Western Oregon in a 5 p.m. game Saturday in Monmouth. Bob Akamian will do the play-by-play alongside Dave Harshman, who will handle the color commentary. (DirecTV channel 687 and Dish Network channel 426).

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Travis Thompson scored 41 points in two games including the game-winning basket in a 65-64 win over Simon Fraser with 3.8 seconds left as the Seawolves rallied from a 17-point deficit. Point guard Brian McGill had 29 points and 10 assists and Kyle Fossman had 25 points in the two road contests.

Alaska Fairbanks: Andrew Kelly scored 34 points, missing just four shots (16-of-20) in road games at Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Kelly also had 12 rebounds. Joe Slocum had 22 points and team-highs for assists (9) and steals (7). Stefan Tica led UAF with 13 rebounds.

Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin scored 29 points in Saturday's 86-66 home win against Northwest Nazarene increasing his total in his last three games to 112. That's the third highest total in GNAC history for a three-game stretch. JB Pillard had 14 points in the win making 6-of-7 shots.

Montana State Billings: In addition to Hatcher's 57 points, the Yellowjackets were paced by Jonathan Mesghna with 33 points in home contests with Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Marc Matthews added 20 points.

Northwest Nazarene: Mario Donaldson scored 21 points and Michael Loomis had 20 points, accounting for two-thirds of the Crusader points in their 20-point loss at Ellensburg. Donaldson made 10-of-10 free throws as NNU converted on 20-of-22. Kevin Rima made his first two field goal attempts extending his string of field goals made to 14 before missing twice late in the first half. That matches the fifth longest FG streak in GNAC history.

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter's 35-point performance Saturday at Billings was a total surpassed this season only by CWU's Mark McLaughlin, who has done it four times (43, 42, 40 and 39). Coulter is the first Saint to score 30 or more points since Jeremy Green had back-to-back 30-point games against Central Washington (34 on Feb. 23, 2012) and Northwest Nazarene (32 on Feb. 25, 2012) to close out the 2011-12 campaign. In addition to Coulter's 42-point effort in two contests, Ryan Rogers led the Saints last weekend with 31 points and 15 rebounds.

Seattle Pacific: Patrick Simon scored 33 points and Riley Stockton had 31 as the Falcons posted 23-point and 32-point home wins over Saint Martin's and Western Oregon extending their conference game home win streak to 14 games. That's the fourth longest in conference history. Simon made 12-of-19 field goal attempts and Stockton converted on 13-of-19. Stockton, Matt Borton and Brendan Carroll all had 12 rebounds as SPU controlled the backboards 86-36.

Simon Fraser: The Clan shot 50.5 percent, making 48-of-95 shots in games with Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. Justin Cole led SFU with 30 points and four steals. He made 11-of-22 shots. Ibrahim Appiah was 8-of-12 from the floor in scoring 23 points.

Western Oregon: Jordan Wiley scored 31 points and Rodney Webster had 23 points to lead the Wolves to a road split. Adam Hastings had a team-high 12 rebounds and Devon Alexander led WOU with five assists and six steals.

Western Washington: In addition to Bragg, the Vikings were led by Jeffrey Parker (29 points, 10 rebounds), Richard Woodworth (27 points), Robert Harris (22 points) and Anye Turner (18 points, 24 rebounds) in their home wins over Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. WWU outshot the Nanooks and Seawolves 50.9 to 39.1 percent, but perhaps more importantly outrebounded them 82-50. Woodworth made 6-of-7 treys and Parker converted on 5-of-9 as the Vikings converted on 16-of-27 shots from beyond the arc against UAA.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 12 (Feb. 4, 2014)

                    Conference         All
                    W	L	W	L         H	A	N
Seattle Pacific     9	2	18	4	9-1	3-3	6-0
Western Washington  9	2	15	4	12-1	3-1	0-2
Alaska Fairbanks    7	4	12	7	8-0	3-5	1-2
Central Washington  6	4	10	8	7-2	2-3	1-3
Alaska Anchorage    6	5	13	9	8-5	3-3	2-1
Western Oregon      4	7	11	10	7-4	2-5	2-1
MSU Billings        4	7	8	11	5-6	2-4	1-1
Saint Martin's      4	7	7	12	3-3	4-6	0-2
Northwest Nazarene  3	7	5	13	4-7	1-5	0-1
Simon Fraser        2	9	9	10	7-5	2-4	0-0

Region Records - Western Washington 12-3, Seattle Pacific 14-4, Alaska Anchorage 9-6, Alaska Fairbanks 10-7, Central Washington 8-6, Western Oregon 7-10. MSU Billings 5-10, Simon Fraser 5-10, Saint Martin's 5-12. Northwest Nazarene 3-11. 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 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 76 at Western Washington 99; Alaska Fairbanks 60 at Simon Fraser 70; Northwest Nazarene 66 at Central Washington 86; Saint Martin's 83 at MSU Billings 70; Western Oregon 47 at Seattle Pacific 79 .

THIS WEEK: Thursday - 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 - 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. (All games begin at 7 p.m. except where noted).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 2): Team: Scoring - 16. Alaska Anchorage 87.4; 17. Western Washington 87.0; 30. Central Washington 85.5. Scoring Defense - 18. Seattle Pacific 65.3; 20. Alaska Fairbanks 65.6. Scoring Margin - 18. Seattle Pacific 13.1. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Seattle Pacific 51.2; 24. Western Washington 49.5; 27. Central Washington 49.3. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.5; 16. Northwest Nazarene 10.0; 29. MSU Billings 9.1. Three-Point PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 42.5; 29. Alaska Anchorage 39.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 6. Western Washington 28.8. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 80.2; 24. Central Washington 76.0. Rebounds - 29. Western Washington 6.7. Assists - 17. Alaska Anchorage 17.6. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Alaska Anchorage 2.06; 9. Seattle Pacific 1.57; 15. MSU Billings 1.46. Steals - 16. Western Oregon 9.3. Blocked Shots - 2. Western Washington 6.2. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.5; 2. Seattle Pacific 9.0; 20. MSU Billings 10.4; 30. Alaska Fairbanks 11.1. Turnover Margin - 15. Alaska Fairbanks 4.4; 19. Alaska Anchorage 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 7. Alaska Fairbanks 15.5; 14. Seattle Pacific 15.8; 17. Northwest Nazarene 16.4. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 28.4; 13. Travis Thompson, UAA, 22.2. Field Goal PCT. - 7. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 67.3; 9. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.9. Three-Point FGs - 7. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.73; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.41. Three-Point PCT. - 2. Patrick Simon, SPU, 51.9; 8. David Downs, SPU, 50.0; 26. Derek Isaak, NNU, 44.8. Free Throw PCT. - 8. Travis Thompson, UAA, 90.0; 28. Evan Coulter, SMU, 87.7. Assists - 7. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.0; 18. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.2. Blocked Shots - 25. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.31. Assist/TO Ratio - 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.20; 22. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.96; 25. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 2.89. Double-Doubles - 17. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Feb. 2): 9 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 6 - JB Pillard, CWU; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU. 5 -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 - Nine with.

30-POINT GAMES (Through Feb. 2): 7 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 4 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 3 - Patrick Simon, SPU. 1 - Austin Bragg, WWU, David Downs, SPU; Evan Coulter, SMU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Richard Woodworth, WWU; Kevin Rima, NNU.

20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Feb. 2): 15 - Travis Thompson, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 12 - David Downs, SPU. 7 - Richard Woodworth, WWU. Brian McGill, UAA. 6 - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Austin Bragg, WWU; 5 - Patrick Simon, SPU.

10-REBOUND GAMES (3 or more; Through Feb. 2): 10 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 6 - Kevin Davis, CWU; JB Pillard, CWU; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Anye Turner, WWU. 5 - Andrew Kelly, UAF. 4 - Austin Hudson, MSUB. 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 (Feb. 4) - 19. Seattle Pacific; 31. 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 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 31 points, 26 rebounds and 13 assists and recorded the first triple-double in the GNAC in 10 years in leading the Vikings to wins over Alaska Fairbanks (53-51) and Alaska Anchorage (99-76). Bragg had one-third of WWU's points (18 of 53) and rebounds (14 of 42) in Thursday's win against the Nanooks before recording the third triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in GNAC history in Saturday's regionally televised win over Alaska Anchorage. In the two contests, Bragg made 12 of 20 field goal attempts and all five of his free throw attempts.

HONORABLE MENTION: Kalob Hatcher, MSU Billings (G, 5-11, Sr., San Diego, CA - Irvine Valley) scored 57 points and also had 12 assists, accounting directly or indirectly for at least 55 percent of the Yellowjackets' points in home losses to Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Hatcher made 16-of-27 field goal attempts, including 4-of-6 treys ... Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 42 points, including 35 in a 83-70 win at MSU Billings. Coulter made 10-of-14 shots, including 5-of-7 treys against the Yellowjackets ... Ibrahim Appiah, Simon Fraser (F, 6-6, Sr., Montreal, QC - Champlain) had back-to-back double-doubles, his fifth and sixth of the year as the Clan earned a split for the second week in a row. Appiah, who is the GNAC career-active rebounding leader with 556 (ranks 23rd overall), had 23 points and 23 rebounds in a pair of contests.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC) recorded his eighth consecutive 20-point game, scoring 29 points in a 86-66 home win over Northwest Nazarene. During that stretch he has scored 30 or more points five times and is averaging 33.4 points per contest ... Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL - Ellsworth CC) scored a career-high 21 points and also had a team-high four assists in NNU's loss to CWU.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Bragg joins Jason Burrell of Western Washington (16 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assist versus Alaska Fairbanks, Jan. 16, 2003) and Robert Day of Western Oregon (21 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists versus Montana State Billings, Dec. 16, 2003) as the only male players in GNAC history to record a triple-double.

FINDING HIS AIM: For a season and a half, Central Washington's Marc McLaughlin, who leads Division II in scoring (28.4) was a 24 percent career three-point shooter, making just 37 of 154 from beyond the arc. But, since Jan. 4, he has made 25 of 45 treys to raise his career percentage to 31.2. In conference games, he ranks third in three-point percentage (26-of-50, 52.0) trailing only Patrick Simon of Seattle Pacific who is shooting 61.9 percent (26-of-42) and Evan Coulter of Simon Fraser who has a 52.5 conference-game percentage (21-of-40). During that same stretch McLaughlin has made 71-of-78 free throws, a 91.0 percentage compared to his career percentage of 82.2. One of his seven misses was intentional.

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 Northwest Nazarene and Western Oregon in a 5 p.m. game Saturday in Monmouth. Bob Akamian will do the play-by-play alongside Dave Harshman, who will handle the color commentary. (DirecTV channel 687 and Dish Network channel 426).

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 76 at Western Washington 99 (Adam, Harshman). Saturday, Feb. 8 - Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 5 p.m. (Akamian, Harshman). Saturday, Feb. 22 - Central Washington at Western Washington, 7 p.m. (Adam, Harshman). Wednesday, Feb. 26 - Simon Fraser at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. (Akamian, Harshman). WOMEN: Saturday, Jan. 11 - MSU Billings 57 at Seattle Pacific 63 (Akamian, Harshman). Saturday, Mar. 1 - Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 3 p.m. (Adam, Harshman).

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Travis Thompson scored 41 points in two games including the game-winning basket in a 65-64 win over Simon Fraser with 3.8 seconds left as the Seawolves rallied from a 17-point deficit. Point guard Brian McGill had 29 points and 10 assists and Kyle Fossman had 25 points in the two road contests.

Alaska Fairbanks: Andrew Kelly scored 34 points, missing just four shots (16-of-20) in road games at Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Kelly also had 12 rebounds. Joe Slocum had 22 points and team-highs for assists (9) and steals (7). Stevan Tica led UAF with 13 rebounds.

Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin scored 29 points in Saturday's 86-66 home win against Northwest Nazarene increasing his total in his last three games to 112. That's the third highest total in GNAC history for a three-game stretch. JB Pillard had 14 points in the win making 6-of-7 shots.

Montana State Billings: In addition to Hatcher's 57 points, the Yellowjackets were paced by Jonathan Mesghna with 33 points in home contests with Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Marc Matthews added 20 points.

Northwest Nazarene: Mario Donaldson scored 21 points and Michael Loomis had 20 points, accounting for two-thirds of the Crusader points in their 20-point loss at Ellensburg. Donaldson made 10-of-10 free throws as NNU converted on 20-of-22. Kevin Rima made his first two field goal attempts extending his string of field goals made to 14 before missing twice late in the first half. That matches the fifth longest FG streak in GNAC history.

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter's 35-point performance Saturday at Billings was a total surpassed this season only by CWU's Marc McLaughlin, who has done it four times (43, 42, 40 and 39). Coulter is the first Saint to score 30 or more points since Jeremy Green had back-to-back 30-point games against Central Washington (34 on Feb. 23, 2012) and Northwest Nazarene (32 on Feb. 25, 2012) to close out the 2011-12 campaign. In addition to Coulter's 42-point effort in two contests, Ryan Rogers led the Saints last weekend with 31 points and 15 rebounds.

Seattle Pacific: Patrick Simons scored 33 points and Riley Stockton had 31 as the Falcons posted 23-point and 32-point home wins over Saint Martin's and Western Oregon extending their conference game home win streak to 14 games. That's the fourth longest in conference history. Simon made 12-of-19 field goal attempts and Stockton converted on 13-of-19. Stockton, Matt Borton and Brendan Carroll all had 12 rebounds as SPU controlled the backboards 86-36.

Simon Fraser: The Clan shot 50.5 percent, making 48-of-95 shots in games with Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks. Justin Cole led SFU with 30 points and four steals. He made 11-of-22 shots. Ibrahim Appiah was 8-of-12 from the floor in scoring 23 points.

Western Oregon: Jordan Wiley scored 31 points and Rodney Webster had 23 points to lead the Wolves to a road split. Adam Hastings had a team-high 12 rebounds and Devon Alexander led WOU with five assists and six steals.

Western Washington: In addition to Bragg, the Vikings were led by Jeffrey Parker (29 points, 10 rebounds), Richard Woodworth (27 points), Robert Harris (22 points) and Anye Turner (18 points, 24 rebounds) in their home wins over Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage. WWU outshot the Nanooks and Seawolves 50.9 to 39.1 percent, but perhaps more importantly outrebounded them 82-50. Woodworth made 6-of-7 treys and Parker converted on 5-of-9 as the Vikings converted on 16-fo-27 shots from beyond the arc against UAA.

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.

Week of Jan. 20-26: 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).

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). Jan. 27-Feb. 2 - Western Washington (men's basketball).