Vikings make final two home appearances, host NNU and Central

WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM Head Coach Tony Dominguez
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM
Head Coach Tony Dominguez
WWUVIKINGSDOTCOM

Feb. 18, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Nearly back to full strength, the Western Washington University men's basketball team makes its final two home appearances of the season this weekend, entertaining Northwest Nazarene University on Thursday (7 p.m.) and arch-rival Central Washington University on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Central game will regionally televised live on ROOT Sports with Brad Adam calling the play by play and Dave Harshman providing the color commentary. Both contests can be heard on KBAI Radio (930 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten. Live stats for each game and a video stream of the NNU contest are available at www.wwuvikings.com.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington91
Northwest Nazarene84
January 25, 2014
Nampa, ID
Hot-shooting WWU triumphs at Northwest Nazarene, 91-84
Guard Robert Harris, Jr., scored a season-high 23 points as Western Washington University withstood a late Northwest Nazarene University rally to claim a 91-84 victory in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at the Johnson Sports Center on the NNU campus.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Washington99
Central Washington94
January 23, 2014
Ellensburg, WA
Vikings triumph at Central Washington, 99-94
Guard Richard Woodworth scored 28 points, leading Western Washington University to a 99-94 triumph over arch-rival Central Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.

The Central contest will be the last at Carver Gym for five WWU seniors - Austin Bragg, Alfred Davis, Robert Harris, Jr., Dane Thorpe and Richard Woodworth. The senior ceremony will take place 36 minutes prior to tipoff.

The Vikings, 16-6 overall and second in the conference standings at 10-4, had a six-game winning streak snapped last week with two narrow road losses. They were 102-101 in overtime to Montana State Billings and 91-88 at nationally No.15-ranked and league-leading Seattle Pacific (22-4, 13-2).

WWU is 12-1 at Carver Gym this season. Its only loss was 76-60 to Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15. That snapped a school-record 36-game home court victory string.

The Vikings' biggest home win this season came on Nov. 30, 72-69 over nationally No.1 Metro State.

WWU, which has not had a losing streak longer than two games since dropping four contests to end the 2010-11 campaign, has two starting forwards back who were out for varying amounts of time.

Anye Turner sat out the MSUB game and played sparingly against Seattle Pacific because of a dislocated big toe suffered in an 84-83 win at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8. Joey Schreiber returned to action versus SPU after missing eight games with facial fractures suffered in an 82-69 home win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11. He had started 11 of 13 games prior to that injury.

Four of WWU's six losses this season have been to teams currently ranked among the top 25 nationally. They were to No.3 Tarleton State, No.15 Cal State San Bernardino and twice to No. 13 Seattle Pacific.

NNU is 5-17 and Central is 11-11. The Wildcats are led by senior guard Mark McLaughlin, who tops the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game.

NCAA II AND GNAC STATS: WWU ranks fourth nationally among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 5.8 and is sixth in total blocks with 127. The Vikings are 10th in scoring offense (87.5), 11th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 29.7 and 17th in field-goal percentage at 49.8.

WWU tops the GNAC in scoring offense (87.5), 3-point percentage defense (29.7), field-goal percentage defense (44.3), blocks (5.8) and offensive rebounds (13.2).

WOODWORTH ON ROLL: Senior guard Richard Woodworth, who scored a career-high 33 points at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8, is averaging 17.7 points per game and is shooting team-bests 42.1 percent (32-of-76) from 3-point range and 84.1 percent (106-of-126) at the free throw line.

Woodworth became the 24th Viking to reach 1,000 points in a career while scoring 24 against Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 2. His current point total of 1,184 ranks 17th and he is 16th in assists at 315.

Over the last four games, Woodworth has averaged 27.0 points on 56.9 (33-of-58) field-goal shooting.

BRAGG'IN RIGHTS: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top six in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 8.7 per game, is second in blocks at 1.8, third in offensive rebounds at 3.0, fifth in field-goal percentage at 59.4 (133-of-224) and sixth in scoring at 17.0.

On Feb. 1 in a home victory over Alaska Anchorage, Bragg had 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 has earned conference POW honors twice this season and three times during his two-year career at WWU after transferring from Clark CC. His first POW honor this season was when he had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a win over nationally No.1-ranked Metro State on Nov. 30, and his second award came after the Vikings swept a two-game home stand with Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage.

Bragg has shot 50 percent or better from the floor 20 times this season and scored double-figure points 21 times. In WWU's win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11, Bragg had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.

PURE PARKER: Redshirt freshman forward Jeffrey Parker has averaged 18.8 points over the last four contests. During that span, he has shot 54.7 percent (29-of-53) from the field, including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from 3- point range.

Parker has scored double-figure points in 11 games, with a high of 24 against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 1. His top rebounding effort was 10 at Montana State Billings on Feb. 13.

On the season, Parker is averaging 10.7 points.

TURNER TENACIOUS: Junior forward Anye Turner ranks third among GNAC leaders in blocks at 1.6 per game, fourth in rebounds at 8.0, eighth in field-goal shooting at 56.6 (77-of-136) and 10th in steals at 1.4.

On the season, he is averaging 9.7 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. 20 (Thu.) NORTHWEST NAZARENE*# (Carver Gym - 7 p.m.)
Feb. 22 (Sat.) CENTRAL WASHINGTON*#@ (Carver Gym - 7 p.m.)
Feb. 27 (Thu.) at Saint Martin's*# (Lacey, WA - 7 p.m.)
March 1 (Sat.) at Western Oregon* (Monmouth, OR - 3 p.m.)
March 5, 6, 8 at Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament (Lacey, WA)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest @televised on ROOT Sports (Comcast: Channel 30, DirecTV: Channel 687, Dish Network: Channel 426) #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com %broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

NORTHWEST NAZARENE: The Crusaders, who rank ninth nationally in average 3-pointers made per game at 10.2, are 5-17 overall and 3-11 conference. NNU is led by 6-6 junior forward Kevin Rima (13.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg), who received GNAC all-star honorable mention last season. Three more top returnees for coach Dave Daniels (3rd year, 30-44; 9th overall, 110-139) are 6-3 senior guard Mario Donaldson (14.7 ppg, 4.4 rpg), 6-6 junior forward Grayson Moore (11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and 6-3 junior guard Matyas Hering (6.0 ppg). A solid redshirt freshman is 6-2 guard Derek Isaak (9.0 ppg) and a top newcomer is 6-6 freshman guard Michael Loomis (12.9 ppg). WWU leads the series 24-8, winning 12 of the last15 meetings, the latest being 91-84 at Nampa, Id., on Jan. 25. All three losses came during the 2010-11 season.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON: The Wildcats are 11-11 overall (Feb. 20 at Simon Fraser) and 7-7 in GNAC play, losing three of their last four games. They are led by 6-6 senior guard Mark McLaughlin, who leads the nation in scoring at 26.8 points per game with his top three efforts being 43, 42 and 40 points. Last year's GNAC Newcomer of the Year, McLaughlin also is averaging 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists. Two more standouts for coach Greg Sparling (19th year, 324-212) are 6-9 senior forward Kevin Davis (11.3 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 63.8 FG Pct.) and 6-7 junior forward J.B. Pillard (14.1 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 63.8 FG Pct.), who sat out last season after transferring from Northwest Nazarene where he was an honorable mention GNAC all-star. CWU ranks No.21 nationally in free throw percentage at 75.8. WWU has won 10 of the last 12 encounters with Central, taking a 99-94 decision at Ellensburg on Jan. 23.

FREE THROW WOES: WWU is shooting 68.1 percent (416-of-611) 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.

NABC TOP 25 POLL: After a three-week absence, WWU returned to the NABC/NCAA II Top 25 Poll on Feb.11 at No.24, but was not listed this week. On Jan. 21, WWU fell out of the ranking for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012. That snapped a school-record streak of 31national poll appearances.

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.

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 (59.3 percent) in a 99-76 win over Alaska Anchorage.

Feb. 8 - Woodworth scored a career-high 33 points in an 84-83 win at Simon Fraser.

THREE-DOT NOTES: WWU's 53 points scored against Alaska Fairbanks (53-51) on Jan. 20 were the fewest 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... 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 ... WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 with a 72-69 win over top-ranked Metro State, and Jan. 26-Feb. 1 for a home sweep of Alaska Fairbanks and 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.

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.

SEEK 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, 47-9, 83.9 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 Jeffrey Parker, 6-6, R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian
F Anye Turner, 6-7, *Jr., Tumwater, WA/Black Hills/South Puget Sound CC

F Joey Schreiber, 6-7, R-Fr., Renton, WA/Eastside Catholic 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 Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome 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 Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC *letters

RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Feb. 13 - Montana State Billings 102, WWU 101 OT at Billings, MT

Despite 26 points and eight assists by Woodworth, including a layup with two seconds left that forced overtime, nationally ranked WWU had its six-game winning streak snapped, falling to Montana State Billings, 102-101, in a GNAC contest at Alterowitz Gymnasium. Parker added 23 points, 15 in the first half, and 10 rebounds for the Vikings, ranked No.24 nationally. The loss dropped them to 16-5 overall and 10-3 in GNAC play. MSUB, which improved to 10-12 overall and 6-8 in GNAC play, was led by the game-high 32 points and 10 rebounds of center Austin Hudson. Guard Kalob Hatcher added 19 points and 10 assists. Hudson had six points in overtime, all on free throws. The Yellowjackets built a 98-91 lead with 47 seconds left in the extra period, but WWU scored eight points on its next three possessions, pulling to within two, 101-99, with 10 seconds to go. Hudson made one of two free throws with nine seconds left, then Woodworth made a pair with 5.2 seconds, closing the gap to a point, 102-101. MSUB's Devon Wallace then missed two free throws, and the Vikings had a chance to win, but Woodworth lost control of the ball as he attempted to pull up for a shot from 30 feet out. The Vikings trailed by six, 83-77, with under 90 seconds remaining in regulation, but rallied to tie the game, 84-84, as Woodworth fed Thorpe for a layup with 16 seconds to go. Jonathan Mesghna then drove the length of the floor for a layup to put the Yellowjackets ahead by two, but after a timeout, Woodworth matched him, going coast-to-coast to score and force overtime at 88-88. The contest featured 10 ties and 17 lead changes, with no lead of more than seven points. Harris, Jr., had 17 points, hitting 5-of-7 treys, for the Vikings, who shot 50.0 percent (37-of-74) from the field. Mitchell added 14 points, and Bragg had 11. WWU was without Turner, a starting forward, who missed the game because of dislocated big toe suffered at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8. Mesghna finished with 18 points for MSUB, going 6-of-9 from the field, including a 3-pointer to open overtime that put the Yellowjackets ahead for good. Wallace added 15 points.

Feb. 15 - Seattle Pacific 91, WWU 88 at Seattle, WA

Despite 25 points from Woodworth and 21 by Bragg, WWU suffered its second straight loss, falling to Seattle Pacific, 91-88, in a GNAC game between two Top 25 nationally ranked teams at Royal Brougham Pavilion. The loss dropped the Vikings, ranked No.24 in the NABC/NCAA II Top 25 Poll, to 16-6 overall and 10-4 in the GNAC. Guard David Downs had a game-high 36 points for No.15 SPU, which improved to 22-4 overall and leads the GNAC at 13-2. Forward Patrick Simon added 22 points for the Falcons, who won their 11th straight game. SPU held an 11-point lead, 58-47, five minutes into the second half, the only double-digit lead of the game. The Vikings rallied to pull within three, 61-58, on a Woodworth jumper with 12:16, but didn't get that close again until a Bragg free throw with 1:52 left. The Falcons then went up by six on a 3-pointer by Simon, but WWU pulled within three again, 84-81, as Woodworth, who had 10 points in the final 90 seconds, drove the lane, scored and converted a free throw with 1:26 to go. The Vikings pulled within two points three times after that, but didn't have a potential tying possession until Simon made one of two free throws with 1.8 seconds left to give SPU a 91-88 lead. Simon then snuffed out the WWU chance to tie, stealing the inbound pass and holding the ball as time expired. Parker had 14 points for WWU, which shot 57.9 percent (33-of-57) from the field. SPU shot 57.4 percent (31-of-54) from the floor, with Simon going 9-of-12. Downs was 10-of-19 from the field, including 4-of-8 on 3-pointers, and was 12-of-13 on free throws. Two Vikings returned to the lineup. Turner was back after missing Thursday's102-101 overtime loss at MSU-Billings with a dislocated big toe, and Schreiber saw his first action after missing eight games with facial fractures suffered in an 82-69 home win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11.

Men's Basketball: Simons, Downs 1,2 in 3-Point Percentage; SPU 13th in NABC Poll

PORTLAND, Ore. - The nation's Top 2 three-point shooters in Division II play for Seattle Pacific.

The Falcons, who are one win away from clinching the No. 1 seed in the GNAC Men's Basketball Championships which begin March 5 at Lacey, feature Patrick Simons and David Downs.

Simon ranks first (53.7) and Downs (50.0) ranks second in three-point percentage in this week's NCAA Division II national statistical report. As a team, SPU ranks third converting on 43.7 percent from the arc.

SPU, which moved up two slots and is ranked 13th in this week's NABC national poll, can wrap up the top seed and clinch no worse than a tie for the GNAC regular-season title (its fifth in 13 years) with a win Saturday against Montana State Billings at Brougham Pavilion. The Falcons have won 16 straight conference home games at Brougham. That is the fourth longest streak in GNAC history.

The SPU-MSUB game is one of nine on this week's schedule and almost all of them will have an impact on who qualifies or the seedings for next month's tournament at Saint Martin's.

On Thursday, Western Washington (16-6, 10-4) hosts Northwest Nazarene (5-17, 3-11). A Viking win would keep WWU ahead of Alaska Fairbanks in the battle for a first-round bye and also mathematically eliminate the Crusaders from post-season consideration.

Alaska Fairbanks, which trails WWU by just one-half game for the No. 2 seed, hosts Western Oregon (14-10, 7-7), which is currently tied with Central Washington (11-11, 7-7) for fifth. Six teams qualify for the tournament and MSUB is lurking just one-half game back of the Wolves and Wildcats for the final two spots.

CWU travels to Burnaby to take on Simon Fraser (9-13, 2-12) before taking on arch-rival Western Washington Saturday in a ROOT Sports contest. Meanwhile, Saint Martin's (8-14, 5-9) plays at fourth-place Alaska Anchorage (15-11, 8-7) to complete Thursday's schedule.

In addition to the SPU/MSUB game and the CWU/WWU games, the rest of Saturday's schedule will match Western Oregon and Alaska Anchorage, Saint Martin's and Alaska Fairbanks and Simon Fraser and Northwest Nazarene.

Simon and Downs, this week's GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week, are among seven players ranked in the Top 10 in this week's NCAA Division II national statistical report. CWU's Mark McLaughlin leads Division II in scoring averaging 26.8. Garrett Kerr of the University of Sciences in Philadelphia ranks second with a 24.7 average.

SPU's Riley Stockton ranks fourth in assist/turnover ratio (3.71) and three players rank sixth - Andrew Kelly of Alaska Fairbanks in field goal percentage (66.8), MSUB's Kalob Hatcher in assists (7.6) and UAA's Travis Thompson in three-pointers made (3.62). Thompson also ranks 10th in free throw percentage (89.9). His teammate - Kyle Fossman - joins him in the Top 10 in three-pointers ranking ninth (3.35).

In team categories, Alaska Anchorage ranks first in assist/turnover ratio (2.15) and fewest turnovers (8.2). The Seawolves also rank third in three-pointers made (12.6) and free throw percentage (79.5).

Seattle Pacific, in addition to three-point percentage, ranks second in fewest turnovers (8.9), sixth in field goal percentage (51.6) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.63).

Western Washington ranks fourth in blocked shots (5.8). Northwest Nazarene ranks ninth in three-pointers (10.2) and Alaska Fairbanks is 10th in fouls (15.7).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 16): Team: Scoring -11. Western Washington 87.5; 24. Alaska Anchorage 85.8. Scoring Defense - 25. Seattle Pacific 66.7. Scoring Margin - 17. Seattle Pacific 12.5. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 51.6; 19. Western Washington 49.8. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.6; 9. Northwest Nazarene 10.2. Three-Point PCT. - 3. Seattle Pacific 43.7; 30. Alaska Anchorage 39.5. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 11. Western Washington 29.7. Free Throw PCT. - 3. Alaska Anchorage 79.5; 24. Central Washington 75.8. Rebound Margin - 30. Seattle Pacific 6.1. Assists - 15. Alaska Anchorage 17.6. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.15; 7. Seattle Pacific 1.63; 16. MSU Billings 1.48. Steals - 13. Western Oregon 9.2. Blocked Shots - 4. Western Washington 5.8. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.2; 2. Seattle Pacific 8.9; 28. Alaska Fairbanks 10.6. Turnover Margin - 19. Alaska Fairbanks 4.0; 20. Alaska Anchorage 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 10. Alaska Fairbanks 15.7; 15. Seattle Pacific 16.0. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.8; 17. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.5. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 66.8; 13. JB Pillard, CWU, 63.8. Three-Point FGs - 6. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.62; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.35; 23. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 3.0. Three-Point PCT. - 1. Patrick Simon, SPU, 53.7; 2. David Downs, SPU, 50.0. Free Throw PCT. - 10. Travis Thompson, UAA, 89.9; 27. Evan Coulter, SMU, 87.4. Assists - 6. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.6; 20. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.0. Blocked Shots - 25. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.30. Assist/TO Ratio - 4. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.71; 12. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.07; 23. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.90. Double-Doubles - 26. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.

GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) scored 64 points, including 36 in a 91-88 win over No. 24 Western Washington and 28 in a 89-79 victory over Simon Fraser, as the Falcons extended their win streak to 11 games. Downs, who had 10 assists and just one turnover, made 19 of 34 field goal attempts, including 10 of 17 three-pointers. He also made 16 of 19 foul shots. Seven of his assists came against the Vikings as he moved into third place on SPU's all-time playmaker list with 538.

HONORABLE MENTION: Stefan Tica, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Belgrade, Serbia - Panola) made seven of 13 three-pointers and scored 36 points as the Nanooks evened their road record at 5-5 with a triple overtime win at Northwest Nazarene before rallying from a 26-point first half deficit to beat Central Washington ... Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, Jr., Anchorage, AK - Dimond) scored 50 points and also had 10 assists to lead the Seawolves to road wins at CWU and NNU. Thompson shot 58.1 percent from the floor (18-of-31 including 8-of-19 from the arc) ... Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Bellevue, WA - Newport) scored 51 points and had 10 assists in the Vikings' two road losses at Billings and Seattle. Woodworth was 17-of-30 from the field.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-6, So., Woodburn, OR) had a pair of double-doubles in wins over Northwest Nazarene (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Saint Martin's (21 points,11 rebounds). Avgi missed just four shots (9-of-13) in the two contests as the Wolves moved into a tie for fifth in the GNAC with Central Washington ... Jonathan Mesghna, MSU Billings (F, 6-6, Sr., Frankfurt, Germany - U. of Maine) scored 47 points on 17 of 22 shooting, including 10 of 13 from the arc in the Yellowjackets' home wins over No. 22 Western Washington and Simon Fraser ...Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL) had 47 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in three contests including Monday's makeup against Western Oregon.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Alaska Anchorage (19) and Central Washington (14) combined for 33 three-pointers in UAA's 96-89 win at Ellensburg. That is the third highest total in GNAC history and the most in a conference contest ... The Alaska Fairbanks - Northwest Nazarene triple overtime time was the fourth in GNAC history. There has also been two four-overtime games.

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: Travis Thompson had 31 points - his fifth 30-point game of the season - and a key steal in the final minute in UAA's win Thursday at Ellensburg. His steal came with less than 30 seconds to go and the Seawolves leading by just three points. In addition to Thompson's 50 points, UAA got 32 points each from Kyle Fossman (10-of-22 from the arc) and Teancum Stafford (7-of-11 from the arc).

Alaska Fairbanks: Andrew Kelly had 34 points and 24 rebounds in the Nanooks two road wins. UAF, which had one of greatest comebacks in GNAC history rallying from a 26-point deficit to beat CWU, also got 39 points and a team-high five steals from Ronnie Baker. UAF shot 51.1 percent (24-of-47) from the arc in their two victories.

Central Washington: Sophomore guard Jordan Russell came off the bench to score 41 points in CWU's two games. Russell made 15-of-26 shots, including 8-of-13 treys. Mark McLaughlin had 39 points and 11 of CWU's 28 assists. JB Pillard had 22 points (9-of-13 field goals) and a team-high 16 rebounds.

Montana State Billings: Three MSUB players averaged 20 points a game as the Yellowjackets stayed in the playoff race with wins over WWU and Simon Fraser. Austin Hudson and Jonathan Mesghna each had 47 points and Kalob Hatcher had 43 points and 24 of MSUB's 35 assists. Led by Hudson with 19 rebounds, the Yellowjackets' outrebounded their opponents 71-54.

Northwest Nazarene: Mario Donaldson (47 points), Kevin Rima (45) and Derek Isaak (41) accounted for 60 percent of NNU's scoring (133 of 222) in three contests. The Crusaders were also led by Grayson Moore with 34 points and 27 rebounds.

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter and Isaac Bianchini led the Saints with 14 and 12 points each as the Saints lost at home to Western Oregon. Coulter also led the SMU with eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Seattle Pacific: Patrick Simon (53.7) and David Downs (50.0) rank 1-2 in NCAA Division II in three-point shooting. Simon, who is also the GNAC career percentage leader (49.3), made 6-of-8 and Downs converted on 10-of-17 as the Falcons extended their win streak to 11 games and their conference game home win streak to 16, the fourth longest in GNAC history.

Simon Fraser: Sango Niang had 53 points and nine assists in road losses at Seattle Pacific and MSU Billings. Niang made 20 of 31 shots. David Gebru led SFU with 12 rebounds and also had 29 points.

Western Oregon: The Wolves outscored the Saints 29-4 from the foul line in their eight-point road win at Saint Martin's as Andy Avgi, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, made 9-of-10. In two contests, WOU was outscored 60-24 from the arc but had a 46-14 advantage from the foul line.

Western Washington: In addition to Woodworth's 51 points (See Player of the Week Honorable Mention lists), the Vikings also got 37 points and 11 rebounds from Jeffrey Parker and 32 points and nine rebounds from Austin Bragg. Bragg made 12-of-18 shots, including 2-of-3 from the arc. The Vikings are among "others receiving votes" and are 34th overall in this week's NABC poll.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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

                   Conference         All
                   W	L	W	L	    H	A	N
Seattle Pacific    13	2	22	4	11-1	5-3	6-0
Western Washington 10	4	16	6	12-1	4-3	0-2
Alaska Fairbanks   10	5	15	8	9-1	5-5	1-2
Alaska Anchorage    8	7	15	11	8-7	5-3	2-1
Western Oregon      7	7	14	10	9-4	3-5	2-1
Central Washington  7	7	11	11	7-4	3-4	1-3
MSU Billings        7	8	11	12	7-6	3-5	1-1
Saint Martin's      5	9	8	14	4-5	4-7	0-2
Northwest Nazarene  3	11	5	17	4-9	1-7	0-1
Simon Fraser        2	12	9	13	7-6	2-7	0-0

Region Records -Seattle Pacific 18-4, Western Washington 13-5, Alaska Fairbanks 13-8, Alaska Anchorage 11-8, Central Washington 9-9, Western Oregon 10-10, MSU Billings 8-11, Saint Martin's 6-14, Simon Fraser 5-13, Northwest Nazarene 3-15. 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. Region records are one of the main criteria the NCAA uses in ranking teams in the regional poll.

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: Monday - Northwest Nazarene 54 at Western Oregon 68. Thursday - Alaska Anchorage 96 at Central Washington 89; Alaska Fairbanks 108 at Northwest Nazarene 104 (3ot); Western Washington 101 at MSU Billings 102 (ot); Simon Fraser 79 at Seattle Pacific 89. Saturday - Alaska Anchorage 76 at Northwest Nazarene 64; Alaska Fairbanks 85 at Central Washington 76; Simon Fraser 82 at MSU Billings 95; Western Oregon 70 at Saint Martin's 62; Western Washington 88 at Seattle Pacific 91.

THIS WEEK: Thursday - Saint Martin's at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Western Oregon at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Simon Fraser; Northwest Nazarene at Western Washington. Saturday - Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Western Washington; MSU Billings at Seattle Pacific; Northwest Nazarene at Simon Fraser.

NEXT WEEK: Wednesday - Simon Fraser at Western Oregon. Thursday - Seattle Pacific at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Northwest Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.; Western Washington at Saint Martin's; Alaska Anchorage at Alaska Fairbanks. Saturday - MSU Billings at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Northwest Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Saint Martin's; Western Washington at Western Oregon, 3 p.m.

GNAC Tournament: Mar. 5-6, 8 at Lacey. NCAA West Regionals: Mar. 14-17.

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 16): Team: Scoring -11. Western Washington 87.5; 24. Alaska Anchorage 85.8. Scoring Defense - 25. Seattle Pacific 66.7. Scoring Margin - 17. Seattle Pacific 12.5. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 51.6; 19. Western Washington 49.8. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 12.6; 9. Northwest Nazarene 10.2. Three-Point PCT. - 3. Seattle Pacific 43.7; 30. Alaska Anchorage 39.5. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 11. Western Washington 29.7. Free Throw PCT. - 3. Alaska Anchorage 79.5; 24. Central Washington 75.8. Rebound Margin - 30. Seattle Pacific 6.1. Assists - 15. Alaska Anchorage 17.6. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.15; 7. Seattle Pacific 1.63; 16. MSU Billings 1.48. Steals - 13. Western Oregon 9.2. Blocked Shots - 4. Western Washington 5.8. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.2; 2. Seattle Pacific 8.9; 28. Alaska Fairbanks 10.6. Turnover Margin - 19. Alaska Fairbanks 4.0; 20. Alaska Anchorage 4.0. Fewest Fouls - 10. Alaska Fairbanks 15.7; 15. Seattle Pacific 16.0. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.8; 17. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.5. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 66.8; 13. JB Pillard, CWU, 63.8. Three-Point FGs - 6. Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.62; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.35; 23. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 3.0. Three-Point PCT. - 1. Patrick Simon, SPU, 53.7; 2. David Downs, SPU, 50.0. Free Throw PCT. - 10. Travis Thompson, UAA, 89.9; 27. Evan Coulter, SMU, 87.4. Assists - 6. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.6; 20. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.0. Blocked Shots - 25. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.30. Assist/TO Ratio - 4. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.71; 12. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.07; 23. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.90. Double-Doubles - 26. Austin Bragg, WWU, 9.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Feb. 15): 9 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 7 - Austin Hudson, MSUB; JB Pillard, CWU. 6 - Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Kevin Davis, CWU. 5 - Andrew Kelly, UAF; Teancum Stafford, UAA. 4 - Kalob Hatcher, MSUB; Anye Turner, WWU. 3 - Matt Borton, SPU; Andy Avgi, WOU. 2 - Kevin Rima, NNU; Brian McGill, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Ryan Rogers, SMU; Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB. 1 - Seven with.

30-POINT GAMES (Through Feb. 15): 7 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 5 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 3 - Patrick Simon, SPU. 2 - Richard Woodworth, WWU; David Downs, SPU. 1 - Austin Hudson, MSUB; Austin Bragg, WWU, Evan Coulter, SMU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Kevin Rima, NNU.

20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Feb. 15): 17 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 16 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 14 - David Downs, SPU. 10- Richard Woodworth, WWU. 7 - Austin Bragg, WWU. Brian McGill, UAA; Kyle Fossman, UAA; Austin Hudson, MSUB. 6 - Ryan Rogers, SMU; Patrick Simon, SPU. 5 - Evan Coulter, SMU; Ronnie Baker, UAF; Jeffrey Parker, WWU; Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB; Sango Niang, SFU.

10-REBOUND GAMES (4 or more; Through Feb. 15): 10 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - JB Pillard, CWU; Teancum Stafford, UAA. 7 - Kevin Davis, CWU; Austin Hudson, MSUB. 6 - Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Anye Turner, WWU; Andrew Kelly, UAF. 4 - 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. 18) - 13. Seattle Pacific; 34. Western Washington. (Note: The first of three NCAA West Regional polls will be released Wednesday. Qualifiers for the regional will be revealed on ncaa.com Sunday, Mar. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Pacific. The women's field will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Pacific).

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: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) scored 64 points, including 36 in a 91-88 win over No. 24 Western Washington and 28 in a 89-79 victory over Simon Fraser, as the Falcons extended their win streak to 11 games. Downs, who had 10 assists and just one turnover, made 19 of 34 field goal attempts, including 10 of 17 three-pointers. He also made 16 of 19 foul shots. Seven of his assists came against the Vikings as he moved into third place on SPU's all-time playmaker list with 538.

HONORABLE MENTION: Stefan Tica, Alaska Fairbanks (F, 6-7, Sr., Belgrade, Serbia - Panola) made seven of 13 three-pointers and scored 36 points as the Nanooks evened their road record at 5-5 with a triple overtime win at Northwest Nazarene before rallying from a 26-point first half deficit to beat Central Washington ... Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, Jr., Anchorage, AK - Dimond) scored 50 points and also had 10 assists to lead the Seawolves to road wins at CWU and NNU. Thompson shot 58.1 percent from the floor (18-of-31 including 8-of-19 from the arc) ... Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, 195, Sr., Bellevue, WA - Newport) scored 51 points and had 10 assists in the Vikings' two road losses at Billings and Seattle. Woodworth was 17-of-30 from the field.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-6, So., Woodburn, OR) had a pair of double-doubles in wins over Northwest Nazarene (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Saint Martin's (21 points,11 rebounds). Avgi missed just four shots (9-of-13) in the two contests as the Wolves moved into a tie for fifth in the GNAC with Central Washington ... Jonathan Mesghna, MSU Billings (F, 6-6, Sr., Frankfurt, Germany - U. of Maine) scored 47 points on 17 of 22 shooting, including 10 of 13 from the arc in the Yellowjackets' home wins over No. 22 Western Washington and Simon Fraser ...Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL) had 47 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in three contests including Monday's makeup against Western Oregon.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Alaska Anchorage (19) and Central Washington (14) combined for 33 three-pointers in UAA's 96-89 win at Ellensburg. That is the third highest total in GNAC history and the most in a conference contest ... The Alaska Fairbanks - Northwest Nazarene triple overtime time was the fourth in GNAC history. There has also been two four-overtime games.

GNAC GAMES ON ROOT SPORTS: Eight regular-season GNAC games, including six men's contests were scheduled to be televised this winter on ROOT SPORTS. There is no game this week. The next ROOT SPORTS game will be Saturday when Western Washington hosts Central Washington. Brad Adam 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, postponed (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).