30 and counting! No.2 ranked and 24-0 WWU travels to UAF and UAA
Feb. 19, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With its winning streak now at 30, the Western Washington University men's basketball team travels north, seeking a conference record third straight Alaska sweep as it meets University of Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday, Feb. 21 (7:30 p.m.) and University of Alaska Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 23 (7:30 p.m.) in a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference contests.
Webcasts and live stats for both games are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings, the defending national champions, are ranked No.2 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. They have been rated among the Top 10 in all 12 weekly polls this season, a school record.
WWU's current rating, its fifth straight, is tied for the school's highest ever. The Vikings were also ranked No.2 one time during the 2005-06 campaign. Overall, they are working on a school-record 20 straight Top 25 weekly rankings.
WWU, 24-0 this season, has won 30 straight overall, beginning with six to capture the 2011-12 national title. Both the start and streak broke school records set during the 1971-72 campaign as well as conference marks.
The Vikings lead the GNAC standings at 15-0, two and one-half games ahead of second-place and No.5 nationally ranked Seattle Pacific. The best GNAC record ever posted was 16-2 three times. Those finishes were by WWU last season, Alaska Anchorage in 2007-08 and Central Washington in 2010-11.
Since the GNAC was founded in 2001, 12 teams have posted sweeps of two-game road trips to Anchorage and Fairbanks. The Vikings have done that a league best four times (2002, 2009, 2011, 2012). They are working on a string of two and are looking to become the first to do it three straight times.
Nineteen of WWU's wins this season have been by 10 or more points, the other margins being seven in overtime, six, four, three and one.
The Vikings rank among the top 10 nationally in four team statistical categories. They are No.3 in 3-point percentage defense (27.8), No.4 in scoring margin (19.0), No.5 in scoring offense (87.4), and No.6 in field-goal percentage (50.5). WWU also is No.11 in both rebound margin (8.9) and blocked shots (5.3).
WWU leads the GNAC in scoring offense, scoring margin, field-goal percentage, 3-point percentage defense, blocked shots and steals (9.0).
Senior guard John Allen paces the Vikings in points per game at 17.1, second in the GNAC. Overall, he leads the team and ranks among the league's top 10 in three categories, being fourth in assists (4.1) and fifth in treys (2.2), and he is sixth in free-throw shooting (84.9 percent , 45-of-53).
Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 selection. He has scored 1,308 career points, which ranks 13th among WWU leaders, and needs two to move into 12th (Kevin Bryant, 1,310, 1976-80).
Allen had 38 points in a 91-81 win at Western Oregon on Jan. 17. It was his sixth career outing with 30 or more with the school record being nine. He scored a career-high 43 points, the second-highest figure in school history and four off the school record, against Simon Fraser on Jan. 2, 2011.
Senior forward Paul Jones is averaging 14.7 points, eighth in the league, and 6.8 rebounds, ninth in the GNAC. He is second among conference field-goal shooters at 58.1 percent (137-236).
Jones scored 18 points in an 86-85 win over Central Washington on Jan. 10, including the buzzer-beating winning layup, and versus the Wildcats on Feb. 9, finished with 16 points and a career-high 16 rebounds. He has had five double-doubles in points and rebounds this season.
Junior guard Richard Woodworth is averaging 10.8 points. He ranks third among GNAC leaders in 3-point accuracy (47.5 percent, 28-of-59) and fourth in free throw shooting (86.4 percent, 57-of-66).
Rounding out the starting five, senior center Chris Mitchell is averaging 9.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, and junior forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark CC, is averaging 9.5 points and a GNAC-leading 7.5 rebounds. Bragg has had a GNAC and team-best six double-doubles in points and rebounds this season, including a 20-point, 11-rebound effort against Seattle Pacific on Feb. 2.
Mitchell, who was recently named a first-team Capital One Academic All-District choice, is fifth among league leaders in blocked shots at 1.2 (29) and Bragg is tied for third at 1.3 (30).
Outstanding contributions off the bench have come from senior guard Rico Wilkins, who is averaging 9.2 points on 41.6 percent 3-point shooting (37-of-89); junior guard Cameron Severson, who is averaging 8.1 points on 56.7 floor accuracy (72-of-127) and 4.7 rebounds; and sophomore forward Anye Turner, a transfer from South Puget Sound CC, who is tied for third in the league in blocks at 1.3 (30) and is hitting 58.8 percent (30-of-51) of his field goals.
Severson and Wilkins have each had 10 double-figure point games this season.
Alaska Fairbanks is 13-9 overall (8-3 at home) and 8-6 in league action, losing 71-69 at Alaska Anchorage last Saturday
Three starters return for UAF, which was 5-23 last season. They are 6-2 senior guard Dominique Brinson (12.7 ppg, 39.3 3-pt. pct., 86.2 FT Pct.), 6-7 junior forward Stefan Tica (8.9 ppg) and 6-11 junior center Sergej Pucar (10.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg).
A key transfer for second-year coach Mick Durham (18-32, overall, 18 yrs., 264-245) is 5-11 junior guard Pat Voeut (11.9 ppg, 5.2 apg, graduate of Squalicum HS), a first-team Northern Region all-star at Whatcom CC.
Three other newcomers making solid contributions are 6-3 junior guard Ronnie Baker (9.1 ppg) from Diablo Valley CC, 6-7 junior forward Andrew Kelly (6.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg) from Chandler-Gilbert CC, and 6-5 senior forward Zach Ngawaka (6.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg) from BYU Hawaii.
WWU holds a 24-8 series advantage, winning the last 11 meetings since losing both home and away encounters during the 2006-07 season. The Vikings won 79-66 at Bellingham on Jan. 26.
Alaska Anchorage is 16-6 overall (13-2 at home, Feb. 21 host Simon Fraser) and 9-5 in conference play. The Seawolves have won five of their last six games.
Two starters are back from last year's 23-7 squad, 6-1 junior guard Kyle Fossman (15.6 ppg., 44.9 3-point pct.) and 6-3 junior guard Colton Lauwers (6.5 ppg).
Another solid returnee for coach Rusty Osborne (9th year, 173-90) is 6-10 senior center Liam Gibcus (10.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 57.5 FG Pct.).
Two talented transfers are 6-5 sophomore forward Teancum Stafford (13.8 ppg) from Snow JC and 6-6 senior forward Abebe Demissie (8.8 ppg) from North Idaho JC.
WWU leads the series, 13-11, winning the last five meetings. The Vikings won 83-72 at Bellingham on Feb. 2.
SENIOR APPRECIATION DAY - MARCH 2: Six WWU seniors will be honored prior to the Vikings' final home regular season game on Saturday, March 2, versus Simon Fraser. The game is being televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network at CBSSports.com. Tipoff is slated for 1 p.m. with the senior festivities scheduled to begin at 12:20 p.m. The seniors are guard John Allen, forward Damien Fisher, forward Paul Jones, center Chris Mitchell, forward Cameron Severson and guard Rico Wilkins.
CARVER GYM STREAK: The Vikings are 13-0 at home this season and have a school record 23-game winning streak at Carver Gym after posting victories last week over Saint Martin's, 76-60, and Western Oregon, 105-78. That broke the WWU standard of 21 set from 1970 to 1972 and is two shy of the GNAC record of 25 set by Humboldt State from 2001 to 2003.
TOP 10 RANKING: WWU has been ranked among the Top 10 in all 12 weekly polls this season, breaking the school record of 10 set during the 2005-06 campaign. The Vikings' current No.2 rating, its fifth straight this season, matches the school's best ever. WWU was ranked No.2 one time during the 2005-06 season. In all, WWU is working on a school-record string of 20 straight Top 25 weekly rankings.
20 WIN SEASONS: WWU reached 20 wins for the 15th time in school history in Tony Dominguez' first year as head coach. Brad Jackson accomplished that feat 12 times during his 27 years as coach and Chuck Randall did it twice in 18 seasons.
TWO UNBEATENS LEFT: WWU is one of two unbeaten Division II teams remaining in the country. The other is No.1-rated Metro State (22-0). They are the only undefeated squads in the three NCAA divisions.
The Vikings are seeking to become the fourth team in NCAA II history to finish a season unbeaten. Cal State Bakersfield posted a perfect 33-0 record in 1993. Three years later Fort Hays State finished 34-0. Findlay (Ohio) went 36-0 in 2009.
STREAKS AND START: The Vikings are working on a school and GNAC-record 30-game winning streak over the last two seasons. WWU also has won 23 straight home games (13-0 this season), breaking the school standard of 21 set in 1970-72 and two shy of the conference standard. The Vikings' unbeaten start of 24-0 broke the school record of 21 set in 1971-72.
WILKINS NOMINEE FOR "DARK HORSE DUNKER" COMPETITION ON ESPN: WWU senior guard Rico Wilkins is one of the nominees for the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" competition. The nominees are under-the-radar players who have what it takes to compete against the D-I field in Atlanta. The winner will participate in the Denny's Slam Dunk Competition at the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships in Atlanta at 7 p.m. ET April 4 on ESPN. Sixteen dunkers have been selected to compete in the "State Farm Dark Horse Dunker" Facebook bracket, which is a five-week knockout competition. Fans will determine the winner by voting during each round at the official Facebook page (facebook.com/CollegeSlam). Wilkins is facing-off against Northwood's Ra'Shad James in round one. To watch James and Wilkins in action and to vote for them or any of the other competitors visit (facebook.com/CollegeSlam). Voting for round one ends Monday, Feb. 25. Wilkins, who won the slam-dunk contest at the school's annual Viking Jam in October, is coming off the bench to average 9.2 points on 41.6 percent 3-point shooting (37-of-89). Two years in a row, the State Farm Dark Horse Dunker moved on to win the entire Denny's Slam Dunk Competition. Last year, James Justice from Martin Methodist College won the 16-player Dark Horse Dunker bracket before bringing down the house in New Orleans, while Jacob Tucker of Illinois College was named the 2011 champion. Both dunkers are now members of the Harlem Globetrotters.
THREE-DOT NOTES: The Central Washington game was televised live regionally on ROOT Sports before a sellout crowd of 2,320 ... Allen and Jones have each had 19 double-figure point games this season, and Woodworth 15 ... Allen was named Most Valuable Player at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic and he and Woodworth were co-MVPs at the WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic ... Also picked all-tournament at South Point was Mitchell ... Allen, Bragg, Jones and Woodworth have each earned GNAC POW recognition this season, Allen being named twice.
The Vikings received one first-place vote in the NABC Preseason Top 25 while being picked No.6 ... WWU was tabbed No.8 nationally in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll ... The Vikings will host Simon Fraser, the NCAA's first international member, in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSports.com) on March 2 (1 p.m.) ... WWU, which is the GNAC's defending regular season champion, was picked second behind Seattle Pacific in the league's preseason coaches' poll. WWU tied for the GNAC title in 2002 and 2005, won it outright in 2009 and took the regular-season crown in 2012.
WWU EARNS GNAC TEAM HONOR TWICE: The Vikings earned GNAC Team of the Week honors for Dec. 30-Jan. 5 and Jan. 27-Feb. 2, both while posting wins over Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific. MSUB was the last team to beat WWU, winning 82-78 on March 2, 2012, in the GNAC tournament semifinals at Lacey.
ALLEN 1,000 AND BEYOND: John Allen became the 23rd Viking to reach the 1,000 plateau in career scoring, and just the fifth who did not play four seasons at WWU to accomplish that feat, on Dec. 8 vs. Quest BC. Allen currently ranks 13th at 1,308, and is 16th in assists at 306. His six games with 30 points or more rank second in school history to Mike Franza (1970-73), who had nine.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: John Allen was picked as the preseason GNAC Player of the Year and was a Division II Bulletin Super 16 pick. Besides Allen, Paul Jones and Richard Woodworth were named to the GNAC preseason all-conference team.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (24-0, first rookie coach in school history to win 20 games), who was named GNAC Coach of the Month for January, is in his first season as head coach at WWU after being an associate head coach the previous two seasons and an assistant 17 years overall, all at WWU. During that stretch, the Vikings posted a 317-165 (.658) record, made six regional appearances and won five conference championships. WWU took the NCAA II national crown in 2012, winning a school record 31 games, and reached the national semifinals in 2001. As an assistant, Dominguez was responsible for recruiting, scouting, coordinating scheduling, and budgeting. He played a major role in the recruiting classes of past 12 seasons. Those teams had a winning percentage of .711 (246-100).
FINAL SEASON FOR VISSER: This campaign will be the last for Rob Visser, who is in his 19th year as an assistant for the Vikings. A member of the WWU Athletics Hall of Fame, Visser had 1,026 points, 725 rebounds (fourth) and 168 blocked shots (second) during his three-year career.
TOUGH EXHIBITIONS: The Vikings accounted well for themselves in a pair of road exhibition games against NCAA I opponents. They lost 88-78 at Washington on Oct. 24 and fell 105-87 at Duke, which has been ranked No.1 in the AP poll. WWU trailed by just two points, 74-72, against Washington with 4:30 to play, and versus Duke was within 11, 69-58, with 13:58 to go and 14, 99-85, with 2:13 remaining. The 18-point margin was the closest any defending DII national championship team had gotten to Duke since the Blue Devils began inviting those squads for exhibitions six years ago. In the combined second half of the games with Washington and Duke, the Vikings trailed by just four points. John Allen and Chris Mitchell each scored a team-high 17 points against Washington and Paul Jones added 15. Jones led the Vikings versus Duke with 20 points, 14 in the second half. Allen had 17, Woodworth 13 and Rico Wilkins added 12 off the bench.
NATIONAL CHAMPS! WWU won the 2012 national championship, defeating Montevallo, Ala., 72-65, on March 24 in a nationally televised game at Northern Heights, Kentucky. The Vikings finished 31-5, the win total being the most in school history. They won their final six games following a loss to Montana State Billings in the GNAC Tournament semifinal after winning the league's regular-season crown. It was the first NCAA basketball title at any level for a school from the state of Washington since Puget Sound won the NCAA II championship in 1976. Brad Jackson, who was the unanimous DII National Coach of the Year, resigned in late August to become an assistant at University of Washington, ending a 27-year, 518-win coaching tenure at WWU.
WEST REGION AT NCAA II ELITE EIGHT: A representative of the West Region has either won the national men's basketball title or been runner-up in each of the last four years. WWU won the title in 2012 after BYU Hawaii reached the final in 2011, and Cal Poly Pomona took the crown in 2010 after getting to the final in 2009.
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wwu.portal#. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletic web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com.
PROBABLE WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, **Jr., Bellevue, WA/Newport G John Allen, 6-1, **Sr., Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace/WSU C Chris Mitchell, 6-9, ***Sr., Everson, WA/Nooksack Valley F Austin Bragg, 6-9, Jr., JC, Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC F Paul Jones, 6-4, *Sr., Kent, WA/Kent-Meridian/Whatcom CC
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
Feb. 14 - WWU 76, Saint Martin's 60 at Bellingham
Severson came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points on 6-of-7 floor accuracy in just 16 minutes as WWU stayed unbeaten with a 76-60 triumph over Saint Martin's in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally, improved to 23-0 with their 29th straight victory. Both the start and streak are school and conference records. WWU leads the GNAC at 14-0. It was the 22nd straight win for WWU at Carver Gym, breaking the school mark set during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons. The Vikings are 12-0 at home this season. Saint Martin's fell to 7-14 overall and 3-10 in league play. Will Bond and Lucas Shannon each had14 points for the Saints, who have dropped six of their last seven games. The Vikings had claimed a 48-point victory, 104-56, earlier in the season, but on Thursday, the Saints led much of the first half, holding a 29-21 lead with seven minutes left in the period. WWU then went on a run of 12 straight points, six of them by Severson, to take a 33-29 lead, and kept the advantage the rest of the half, leading 40-33 at the intermission. Saint Martin's twice pulled within five early in the second half, but the Vikings ran off eight straight points, the last six on one dunk by Mitchell and two by Bragg. That pushed the margin to 50-37 with 16 minutes left, and the gap was never less than eight after that. Allen had 15 points and five assists for WWU. Bragg had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jones added 10points and a game-high 12 boards.
Feb. 16 - WWU 105, Western Oregon 78 at Bellingham
Allen scored a game-high 27 points as WWU used a quick start to win its 30th straight game with a 105-78 victory over Western Oregon in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.2 nationally improved to 24-0 and remained atop the GNAC at 15-0. Both the start and streak are school and conference records. It was the 23rd straight win for WWU at Carver Gym, also a school record and putting it within two of the GNAC mark set by Humboldt State from 2001-03. The Vikings are 13-0 at home this season. Western Oregon dropped to 10-12 overall and 5-9 in GNAC action. Freshman forward Andy Avgi had 17 points for the Wolves, and Devon Alexander and Tyler Funk each added 16. The Vikings hit 13 of their first 20 shots from the field, going 7-of-9 on 3-pointers, to open up a 35-20 lead with 9:25 left in the first half. WOU pulled within three, 43-40, on an Alexander basket with 4:17 left in the period, but WWU held a 57-49 lead at halftime. The margin was still just nine, 73-64, with just over 10 minutes left, but the Vikings put the game away with a 17-3 run, capped by a Mitchell dunk, to take a 90-67 lead with 5:18 remaining. Jones had 20 points on 8-of-8 field-goal shooting, and Mitchell added 17 points and a game-high nine rebounds for the Vikings, who shot 60.0 percent (42-of-70) from the field, including 64.9 percent (24-of-37) in the first half. Allen was 10-of-16 from the field, going 5-of-6 on 3-pointers, and had seven assists. He passed the 1,300-point and 300-assist plateaus for his career, reaching 1,308 points, just two short of 12th place Kevin Bryant (1976-80) in WWU history, and 306 assists.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One day before the NCAA releases its first regional rankings for the 2012-13 season, the top of the latest NABC/Division II rankings has a distinct western flavor to it.
Of the top five teams in the rankings, four are from the western half of the nation, led by the last two undefeated teams in the Division II ranks in Metropolitan State and Western Washington. West Liberty - the only non-Western school in the top five - comes in at No. 3, followed by two more from the NCAA's West Region in Cal Poly Pomona and Seattle Pacific.
Despite suffering a loss last week, Florida Southern retained the sixth spot in the poll - teams ranked sixth through 13th all lost at least once during the last week - while Winston-Salem State jumps seven spots to No.7. Alabama-Huntsville, Minnesota State and East Stroudsburg all dropped one position each to round out the top 10.
Drury, who is currently in the midst of an 11-game winning streak, begins the second 10 at No. 11, followed by Saint Anselm, Wisconsin-Parkside, Indiana (Pa.) and Bellarmine. A fourth member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, Southern Indiana, comes in at No. 16 and Fort Lewis vaulted five spots to 17th this week. The top 20 is completed this week by is trailed by Winona State, Lincoln Memorial and Saint Leo.
The final five teams in this week's poll are Newman, St. Cloud State, Franklin Pierce, Gannon and Dixie State.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Feb. 19, 2013 - Regular season poll #12)
Record Points Pvs 1. Metropolitan State, Colo. (13 first place votes) 22-0 397 1 2. Western Washington (3 first place votes) 24-0 387 2 3. West Liberty, W.Va. 24-1 365 3 4. Cal Poly Pomona 21-1 355 4 5. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 19-3 336 5 6. Florida Southern 19-3 300 6 7. Winston-Salem State, N.C. 19-4 282 14 8. Alabama-Huntsville 19-4 276 7 9. Minnesota State 20-4 266 8 10. East Stroudsburg, Pa. 20-3 235 9 11. Drury, Mo. 19-4 215 18 12. Saint Anselm, N.H. 19-4 213 10 13. Wisconsin-Parkside 18-5 189 21 14. Indiana, Pa. 19-4 176 11 15. Bellarmine, Ky. 18-5 157 13 16. Southern Indiana 18-5 151 23 17. Fort Lewis, Colo. 17-4 149 22 18. Winona State, Minn. 22-5 132 15 19. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 18-4 120 20 20. Saint Leo, Fla. 18-5 101 16 21. Newman, Kan. 19-4 70 NR 22. St. Cloud State, Minn. 19-5 60 NR 23. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 18-5 56 NR 24. Gannon, Pa. 20-5 55 17 25. Dixie State, Utah 18-5 46 19
Dropped out: Indianapolis (12), North Alabama (24), Washburn (25).
Others receiving votes: Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 35, Benedict (S.C.) 13, Fairmont State (W.Va.) 12, Wingate (N.C.) 10, North Alabama 8, Michigan Tech 7, Indianapolis (Ind.) 6, Augustana (S.D.) 5, Barton (N.C.) 5, Dominican (N.Y.) 4, Assumption (Mass.) 3, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 1, Kentucky Wesleyan 1, Wayne State (Mich.) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Men's Basketball Report Week 15 (Feb. 19, 2013)
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 15 0 22 0 13-0 9-0 2-0 Seattle Pacific 12 2 19 3 10-1 8-1 1-1 Alaska Anchorage 9 5 16 6 13-2 3-4 0-0 Alaska Fairbanks 8 6 13 9 8-3 4-3 1-3 Montana State Billings 7 7 14 11 9-4 3-7 2-0 Central Washington 7 8 13 10 6-3 4-5 3-2 Western Oregon 5 9 10 12 7-5 2-7 1-0 Saint Martin's 4 10 8 14 4-4 2-7 2-3 Northwest Nazarene 4 11 10 13 6-4 3-9 1-0 Simon Fraser 1 14 6 17 5-8 1-8 0-1
LAST WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington 75 at Seattle Pacific 113; Northwest Nazarene 63 at MSU Billings 87; Saint Martin's 60 at Western Washington 76; Western Oregon 89 at Simon Fraser 54. Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks 69 at Alaska Anchorage 71; Central Washington 83 at MSU Billings 78; Northwest Nazarene 52 at Seattle Pacific 63; Saint Martin's 80 at Simon Fraser 60; Western Oregon 78 at Western Washington 105.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Simon Fraser at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Western Washington at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Western Oregon; Seattle Pacific at Saint Martin's. Saturday - Western Washington at Alaska Anchorage; 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Alaska Fairbanks, 3:15 p.m.; Central Washington at Northwest Nazarene; MSU Billings at Saint Martin's; Seattle Pacific at Western Oregon, 2 p.m.
NEXT WEEK: Thursday (Feb.28) - Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific; Alaska Fairbanks at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Northwest Nazarene, 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Mar. 2) - Alaska Anchorage at MSU Billings; Alaska Fairbanks at Seattle Pacific; Saint Martin's at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Western Oregon at Northwest Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Western Washington, 1 p.m. (end-of-regular-season).
ALL-TOURNAMENT: SPU (Nov. 9-10) - David Downs, SPU (MVP); Jobi Wall, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU. UAA (Nov. 9-10) - Teancum Stafford, UAA (MVP); Kyle Fossman, UAA; Liam Gibcus, UAA; Stefan Tica, UAF. BYU Hawaii (Nov. 16-17) - David Downs, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Patrick Simon, SPU. UAF (Nov. 16-17) - Pat Voeut, UAF (MVP); Stefan Tica, UAF; Sergej Pucar, UAF. Great Alaska Shootout (Nov. 21-24) - Kyle Fossman, UAA; Teancum Stafford, UAA. Chico State (Nov. 23-24) - David Downs, SPU; Jobi Wall, SPU. Corban Capital City (Nov. 23-24) - Andy Avgi, WOU (MVP); Jordan Wiley, WOU. WWU Chuck Randall Classic (Nov. 23-24) - John Allen, WWU (Co-MVP); Richard Woodworth, WWU (Co-MVP). South Point Classic (Dec. 18-19 at Las Vegas) - John Allen, WWU (MVP); Chris Mitchell, WWU.
POLLS: NABC (Feb. 19) - 2. Western Washington,5. Seattle Pacific. (Note: The first official NCAA West Regional poll, which will eventually determine the five at-large teams that will join the GNAC, CCAA and PacWest champions in the regionals will be released Wednesday, Feb. 20).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES (Through Feb. 17): 6 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 5 - Paul Jones, WWU. 4 - Jarrell Crayton, MSUB; Anto Olah, SFU; Rei Jensen, SMU. 3 - Sergej Pucar, UAF; Kevin Rima, NNU; Brandon Magee, CWU. 2 - David Gebru, SFU; Liam Gibcus, SFU; Chris Mitchell, WWU; Sam Johnson, MSUB; David Downs, SPU. 1 - 17 with 1.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Feb. 17): Team (Top 30): Scoring -5. Western Washington 87.4; 8. Central Washington 85.6. Scoring Defense - 23. Seattle Pacific 62.1. Scoring Margin - 4. Western Washington 19.0; 6. Seattle Pacific 15.5. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Western Washington 50.5; 19. Seattle Pacific 49.1. Field Goal PCT. Defense - 23. Seattle Pacific 39.8. Three-Point Field Goals - 7. Alaska Anchorage 9.6. Three-Point Percentage - 7. Seattle Pacific 41.2; 11. Alaska Anchorage 40.6; 16. Western Washington 39.8. Three-Point Field Goal Defense - 3. Western Washington 27.8. Rebound Margin - 6. Seattle Pacific 10.4; 11. Western Washington 8.9. Assists - 8. Alaska Anchorage 18.5; 11. Seattle Pacific 18.1; 19. Alaska Fairbanks 16.7; 29. Western Washington 15.7. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3. Seattle Pacific 1.551; 11. Alaska Anchorage 1.36. Blocks - 11. Western Washington 5.3; 30. Northwest Nazarene 4.4. Fewest Turnovers - 4. Saint Martin's 10.1; 25. Seattle Pacific 11.7. Fewest Fouls - 29. Saint Martin's 15.9. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 9. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 22.5. Three-Point Field Goals - 27. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 2.82; 28. Jobi Wall, SPU, 2.77. Three-Point PCT. - 2. Jobi Wall, SPU, 46.2; 9. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 44.9. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Jonathan Hawkins, NNU, 93.2; 25. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 87.4. Assists - 19. David Downs, SPU, 5.5; 26. Pat Voeut, UAF, 5.2. Steals - 25. Devon Alexander, WOU, 2.36. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 3. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.03; 4. Brady Bomber, SMU, 2.93; 11. Riley Stockton, SPU, 2.61; 24. Jalen Little, UAA, 2.35; 25. David Downs, SPU, 2.33.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: David Arnold, MSU Billings (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO) scored 46 points, including 35 in a 83-78 win over Central Washington Saturday. Arnold made seven of 11 three-pointers and all eight of his free throw attempts against the Wildcats. Including Thursday's 87-63 win over Northwest Nazarene, Arnold made 10 of 17 three-point shots. He also had seven rebounds and six assists in the two victories as the Yellowjackets moved into fifth place in the GNAC standings.
HONORABLE MENTION: David Downs, Seattle Pacific; John Allen, Western Washington; Teancum Stafford, Alaska Anchorage.
STREAKS AND MARGINS: Western Washington, which has won 30 straight games, hasn't been seriously challenged much of late. Since edging Central Washington 86-85 Jan. 10 at Bellingham, the Vikings have won 10 of their last 11 games by double-digit margins. The lone exception was a 83-76 overtime home victory against Seattle Pacific Feb. 2. That win kept alive the Vikings' home win streak, which is now 23, two shy of the GNAC record.
BEST IN THE GNAC: Western Washington needs just one victory in their final three conference games to match the GNAC single-season record for most conference victories of 16. WWU takes a perfect 15-0 conference record into its road trip this weekend to Alaska. The trip begins Thursday night in Fairbanks then continues Saturday in Anchorage. The Vikings then conclude their regular-season Saturday, Mar. 2 hosting Simon Fraser in a nationally televised game. Three GNAC teams have previously posted 16-2 records in GNAC play - Alaska Anchorage (2007-08), Central Washington (2010-11) and Western Washington (2011-12).
MILESTONES: David Downs of Seattle Pacific has 999 career points and is on the verge of become the 54th player in GNAC history to score 1,000 points. Chris Mitchell of Western Washington needs one rebound to become the 32nd player in GNAC history to haul in 500 career rebounds.
Alaska Anchorage: Teancum Stafford scored 18 points and Kyle Fossman and Abebe Demissie had 16 each as the Seawolves edged Alaska Fairbanks 71-69. Stafford made seven of nine free throws, including three with 48 seconds left to give UAA a 70-69 lead.
Alaska Fairbanks: Ronnie Baker led the Nanooks with 20 points in their narrow loss at Anchorage. Sergej Pucar had 12 points and Zach Ngawaka had 11 points in the contest.
Central Washington: Jordan Coby scored 38 points to lead the Wildcats in their road contests at Seattle Pacific and Montana State Billings. Coby, who also had 11 rebounds, made 14 of 27 field goal attempts, including eight of 16 three-pointers. Mark McLaughlin, who leads the GNAC in scoring averaging 22.5, had just 24 points in the two contests, including four against MSUB where he sat out the second half due to a coaches' decision.
Montana State Billings: In addition to Arnold (See Player of the Week notes), the Yellowjackets were also led by Jarrell Crayton with 34 points in its two home victories last week. Crayton made 12 of 21 shots. Sam Johnson had 29 points and a team-high 13 rebounds. MSUB shot 85.0 percent from the free throw line (51-60) in the two contests. Kalob Hatcher had 11 of MSUB's 30 assists.
Northwest Nazarene: Kevin Rima paced the Crusaders with 31 points and 13 rebounds in losses at MSU Billings and Seattle Pacific. Kenny Jones added 23 points and tied Matyas Hering for most assists with seven.
Saint Martin's: Roger O'Neill led a balanced attack with 26 points as the Saints split two games with Western Washington and Simon Fraser. Five players averaged in double figures including O'Neill (13.0), Will Bond (12.5), Eric Taylor (11.0), Rei Jensen (11.0) and Lucas Shannon (10.0). Jensen had 18 rebounds and Shannon had 10.
Seattle Pacific: David Downs scored 38 points on 11 of 19 shooting, including five of 10 from the arc as the Falcons outscored Central Washington 113-75 and Northwest Nazarene 63-52. Thursday's win against the Wildcats' was SPU's largest victory margin in 120 series meetings between the two schools. Andy Poling had 28 points in the two contests.
Simon Fraser: Anto Olah had 40 points in home losses to Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Olah made 18 of 35 shots, 16 of 23 inside the three-point arc. He also led SFU in rebounds with 12. Ibrahim Appiah had 11 rebounds.
Western Oregon: Andy Avgi scored 34 points and Tyler Funk had 31 points and 10 assists as the Wolves split two games, defeating Simon Fraser by 35 (89-54) before losing at Western Washington by 27. Funk made nine of 15 three-point shots in the two games.
Western Washington: John Allen had 42 points in wins over Saint Martin's (76-60) and Western Oregon (105-78) increasing his career point total to 1,308 points. Allen made 17 of 32 shots, five of 10 from the arc. He also led WWU with 12 assists. WWU was also led by Paul Jones with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Chris Mitchell had 25 points and 16 rebounds. Austin Bragg had 22 points and 18 rebounds. Cameron Severson netted 24 points in the two wins.
PERFECT STARTS: Western Washington is just the second team in GNAC history to complete the first half of its conference season unbeaten. Alaska Anchorage accomplished that feat in the 2007-08 season. Only two teams have gone 9-0 in the second half - the 2001-02 Western Washington team which didn't qualify for the playoffs and the 2007-08 Central Washington squad. WWU's women also finished the first half 9-0, the first time men's and women's teams at the same school had been unbeaten at the midway point of their conference schedules.
Team (Year) 1st 2nd Fin. Alaska Anchorage (2007-08) 9-0 16-2 Central Washington (2007-08) 9-0 15-3 Western Washington (2001-02) 9-0 15-3 Western Washington (2012-13) 9-0 TBA
GNAC FINISHES AT .726: GNAC teams completed the non-conference portion of their schedules with a .726 winning percentage (61-23), the second best mark in the 12-year history of the conference. Conference teams were 36-20 in Division II contests, including 25-14 in regional counters (16-12 against the PacWest, 2-1 against CCAA teams and 7-1 in games against schools that count as regional counters due to the NCAA "contiguous" state rule). Nine of the 10 conference teams posted winning records in the non-conference portion of their schedules. The 10th school - Saint Martin's - finished with a .500 non-conference record.
GNAC (2) vs. CCAA (1): UAF 1-0, SPU 1-1. CCAA (1) vs. GNAC (2): San Francisco State 1-0, Chico State 0-1, CSU Monterey Bay 0-1.
GNAC (16) vs. PacWest (12): SPU 4-0, WWU 2-0, CWU 3-1, SMU 2-1, NNU 2-2, WOU 1-2, MSUB 1-3, SFU 1-3. PacWest (12) vs. GNAC (16): Grand Canyon 2-0, Fresno Pacific 1-0, Dominican 1-0, Dixie State 1-0, Azusa Pacific 2-1, Chaminade 2-1, Hawaii Hilo 1-2, Academy of Art 1-3, BYU-Hawaii 1-3, Point Loma Nazarene 0-1, Hawaii Pacific 0-2, Notre Dame de Namur 0-3.
Playoff Region Elite 8 Year Non-Conference Berths W-L W-L 2001-02 43-48 (.473) 2 2-2 2002-03 51-39 (.567) 2 1-2 2003-04 58-35 (.624) 3 5-2 1-1 2004-05 60-31 (.659) 3 3-3 2005-06 65-27 (.707) 5 5-4 1-1 2006-07 57-44 (.564) 3 1-3 2007-08 60-36 (.625) 3 4-2 1-1 2008-09 62-36 (.633) 3 1-3 2009-10 73-24 (.753) 3 1-3 2010-11 48-34 (.585) 3 2-3 2011-12 59-29 (.670) 4 6-3 3-0 2012-13 61-23 (.726) ??? ??? ??? Totals (10 years) 34 31-30 6-3*Home team +Neutral Site (Chico)
PREVIOUS RED LION PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Week of Nov. 5-11: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Jr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) was named the Most Valuable Player leading the Falcons to the team title in Sodexo Tip Off Classic at Brougham Pavilion. Downs scored 31 points and also had a team-high nine assists as SPU debuted with 20- and 19-point victories. Downs made eight of 14 shots, including four of eight treys. He also led SPU with three steals and had just two turnovers.
Week of Nov. 12-18: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 46 points and also had 19 assists, nine rebounds and five steals leading the Nanooks to the team title in the GCI Alaska Invitational at Fairbanks. Voeut, who was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, made 17 of 26 shots, including three of six three-pointers.
Week of Nov. 19-25: Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR) scored 52 points and also had 15 rebounds in earning MVP honors in the Capital City Classic. Avgi, who leads the GNAC in field goal percentage shooting 71.0 percent (44 of 62), made 20 of 25 shots (including 10 of 11 against Corban), including his only three-pointer. He also blocked two shots and had three steals.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Fr., Fontana, CA) came off the bench to score 48 points, including 28 in a 118-113 triple overtime win over Central Washington Saturday as the Wolves extended their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Alexander scored nine of WOU's 13 points in the decisive third overtime period. He also had 13 steals, including a GNAC-record tying eight (for conference contests) in a 92-84 win against Northwest Nazarene Thursday. In the two contests, Alexander made 16 of 29 shots, including four of six three-pointers. He also converted on 12 of 13 foul shots, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists.
Week of Dec. 3-9: Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA) scored 43 points in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. Jones had 27 against the Coyotes, making nine of 16 shots as NNU extended its win streak over its county rivals to seven. He then netted 16 points and had four steals in a 20-point win over New Hope Christian.
Week of Dec. 10-16: Jarrell Crayton, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Bellevue, NE - Boise State) had 14 points and 14 rebounds accounting for 23.0 and 36.8 percent of team totals in a 71-61 loss at Grand Canyon. Crayton made seven of 13 shots and also had a pair of steals. Crayton's rebound total was the most for a MSUB player since Robert Mayes grabbed 15 against SPU on Feb. 18.
Week of Dec. 17-23: John Allen, Western Washington (G, 190, Sr., Brier, WA - Mountlake Terrace) scored 47 points leading the Vikings to wins over 14th ranked Drury (72-69) and Central Oklahoma (103-74) in the South Point Holiday Hoop Classic in Las Vegas. Allen, who was named the tournament's MVP, made 14 of 28 shots, including nine of 17 three-point shots. He also had six assists and three steals. The two wins extended WWU's win streak to 15, matching the second longest in school and GNAC history.
Week of Dec. 24-30: Paul Jones, Western Washington (F, 6-4, Sr., Kent, WA - Whatcom CC) scored 26 points and also had six rebounds and a pair of blocks to lead Western Washington to a 98-62 win over Thompson Rivers Sunday as the Vikings extended their win streak to 16. That is the second longest win streak in GNAC history and is also the second longest in WWU school history. The Vikings have also won 15 straight home games, which equals the sixth longest streak in conference history.
Week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6: Pat Voeut, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 5-11, 170, Jr., Bellingham, WA - Whatcom CC) and Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Sr., Edmonds, WA - Meadowdale) ... Voeut scored 31 points in a pair of road wins as the Nanooks snapped a 17-game losing streak on opponents' home courts with victories at Central Washington (82-75) and Northwest Nazarene (74-55). Voeut converted on 12 of 20 shots and also led his team in assists (8) and steals (6). O'Neill tied his career high with 24 points in a 71-59 home win against Western Oregon Saturday. He scored SMU's first nine points of the game and finished the first half with 16 points as the Saints built a 39-23 lead at the break.
Week of Jan. 7-13: Dominique Brinson, Alaska Fairbanks (G, 6-2, 180, Sr., Juneau, AK - College of the Redwoods) scored 44 points, including 28 in a 89-56 win over Western Oregon, as the Nanooks ran their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Brinson blistered the nets for a 61.5 percentage (16 of 26) converting on nine of 17 treys. He made six of eight from the arc against the Wolves while also adding seven rebounds and six assists in Saturday's victory.
Week of Jan. 14-20: John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-1, 190, Sr., Brier, WA - Mountlake Terrace) scored 46 points including 38 in the Vikings' 91-81 road win at Western Oregon Thursday. His 38 points against the Wolves was most by a GNAC player in nearly two years. In the two games he made 17 of 29 field goals attempts, including 6 of 10 three-pointers. He also had 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals.
Week of Jan. 21-27: Jobi Wall, Seattle Pacific (W, 6-6, 215, Jr., Arvada, CO) scored 43 points, acquiring all but four from the arc where he made 13 of 19 (68.4 percent). Wall had a career-high 28 points in Thursday's 78-72 overtime win over Western Oregon, connecting on eight of 10 treys, one shy of the school-record. He made five of nine three-pointers and had 15 points in Saturday's 82-54 rout of Saint Martin's.
Week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3: Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, 180, Jr., Haines, AK) and Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-8, Jr., Longview, WA - Mark Morris) ... Fossman scored 41 points, leading the Seawolves to wins over Central Washington (98-69) and Northwest Nazarene (73-72). He made 14 of 28 shots, including seven of 13 three-pointers extending his string of games with a three-pointer to 27. He also had 12 rebounds, posting a career-high nine against the Wildcats, and a team-best four steals. Fossman currently ranks 37th in GNAC history in three-pointers made (134) and sixth in three-point percentage (46.0) ... Bragg, who leads the GNAC in double-doubles with five, scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Saturday's overtime win over Seattle Pacific. On Thursday, he blocked four shots to key WWU's defensive effort in an 86-69 win against MSU Billings. Over his last five games, he is shooting 68.4 percent from the field (26-38) and 89.5 percent from the foul line (17-19). He has had at least one block (13 total) and at least one steal (14 total) in seven consecutive games.
Week of Feb. 4-10: Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, 185, Jr., Bellevue, WA - Newport) and Sergej Pucar, Alaska Fairbanks (C, 6-11, 265, Jr., Belgrade, Serbia) .... Woodworth scored 26 points as the Vikings ran their win streak to 28 games with a 92-82 win at Central Washington Saturday. In two games, Woodworth netted 45 points, hitting 16 of 26 shots, including four of nine three-pointers. He also had eight rebounds and team-highs of five assists and four steals .... Pucar led the Nanooks to a road sweep at Western Oregon (80-77) and Saint Martin's (68-67 in overtime) scoring 36 points. Pucar made 13 of 22 field goal attempts, including four of eight three-pointers. He also had nine rebounds, three assists and two steals as the Nanooks moved into a tie for third place in the GNAC standings with Alaska Anchorage going into a contest this coming Saturday against their arch-rivals in Anchorage.
2012-13 GNAC TEAMS OF THE WEEK
Aug. 27-Sept. 2 - Montana State Billings (Women's Soccer). Sept. 3-9 - Western Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Soccer). Sept. 17-23 - Central Washington (Volleyball). Sept. 24-30 - Central Washington (Football). Oct. 1-7 - Western Oregon (Women's Soccer). Oct. 8-14 - Simon Fraser (Men's Soccer). Oct. 15-21 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's & Women's Cross Country). Oct. 22-28 - Western Oregon (Volleyball). Oct. 29-Nov. 4 - Western Washington (Women's Soccer). Nov. 5-11 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Nov. 12-18 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Nov. 19-25 - Alaska Anchorage (Men's Basketball). Nov. 26-Dec. 2 - Seattle Pacific (Men's Basketball). Dec. 3-9 - Northwest Nazarene (Men's Basketball). Dec. 10-16 - Northwest Nazarene (Women's Basketball). Dec. 17-23 -Western Washington (Women's Basketball). Dec. 24-30 - MSU Billings (Women's Basketball). Dec. 31-Jan. 6 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball). Jan. 7-13 - Alaska Fairbanks (Men's Basketball). Jan. 14-20 - Saint Martin's (Women's Basketball). Jan. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Basketball). Jan. 28-Feb. 3 - Western Washington (Men's Basketball). Feb. 4-10 - Simon Fraser (Women's Basketball). Feb. 11-17 - Alaska Anchorage (Women's Indoor Track) and Western Washington (Men's Indoor Track).
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