WWU on road, needs one win to clinch first-round bye at GNAC tourney

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Richard Woodworth
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Feb. 25, 2014

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to gain a first-round bye at next week's conference tournament, the Western Washington University men's basketball team ends its regular season on the road this week with a pair of Great Northwest Athletic Conference games, traveling to Saint Martin's University on Thursday (7 p.m.) and to Western Oregon University on Saturday (3 p.m.).

The Saint Martin's game will broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. Live stats and video streams of both contests are available at www.wwuvikings.com.

THE LAST MEETING
Saint Martin's75
Western Washington87
December 7, 2013
BELLINGHAM
No.5 Vikings topple Saint Martin's, 87-75
Center Austin Bragg had a team-high 24 points, and freshman forwards Jeffery Parker and Joey Schreiber combined for 37 points on 8-of-14 3-point shooting as Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's University, 87-75, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

THE LAST MEETING
Western Oregon66
Western Washington67
December 5, 2013
BELLINGHAM
No.5 Vikings open GNAC play by edging Western Oregon, 67-66
Guard Richard Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, lifting Western Washington University to a 67-66 men's basketball triumph over Western Oregon University on Thursday in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both schools at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings are 18-6 overall and second in the conference standings at 12-4. They need a win in one of their two games this week or a loss by Alaska Fairbanks when it hosts Alaska Anchorage on March 1 to get a first-round bye at next week's GNAC Tournament. The tourney champion gains an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional.

Seattle Pacific, ranked No.20 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA II Top 25 Poll, is 22-5 overall and leads the GNAC standings at 13-3.

Last week, WWU swept a two-game home stand with a dramatic half-court buzzer beater to knock off arch-rival Central Washington, 94-91, on Saturday, following an 84-72 win over Northwest Nazarene on Thursday.

The Vikings have won eight of their last 10 games. They began the season with eight straight home victories, the biggest a 72-69 win over nationally No.1 Metro State on Nov. 30, before losing four of their next six.

WWU finished 14-1 at Carver Gym this season where it has won 41 of its last 42 games. The Vikings' only loss was 76-60 to Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15, which snapped a school-record 36-game home court victory string.

Four of WWU's six losses this season have been to teams currently ranked among the top 25 nationally. They were to No.2 Tarleton State, No.14 Cal State San Bernardino and twice to No. 20 Seattle Pacific.

NCAA II AND GNAC STATS: WWU ranks fourth nationally among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 5.8 and is fifth in total blocks with 139. The Vikings are 11th in scoring offense at 87.7 and in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 29.6 and 22nd in field-goal percentage at 49.8.

WWU tops the GNAC in scoring offense (87.7), 3-point percentage defense (29.6), field-goal percentage defense (44.5), blocks (5.8) and offensive rebounds (13.3).

WONDERFUL WOODWORTH: Senior guard Richard Woodworth hit a buzzer beater from beyond half court in a dramatic 94-91 win over arch-rival Central Washington last Saturday. He scored the Vikings' last 13 points, nine in the final 20 seconds, as they rallied from a six-point deficit with 1:05 to go.

Woodworth is averaging 17.4 points per game and is shooting team-bests of 42.4 percent (36-of-85) from 3-point range and 83.9 percent (115-of-137) at the free throw line. He scored a career-high 33 points at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8.

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 1,213 ranks 16th and he is tied for 15th in assists at 327.

Woodworth was named to the national all-tournament team in 2012 when WWU won the NCAA II national championship and was the West Regional Most Outstanding Player in 2013 when the Vikings reached the national semifinals.

Over the last six games, Woodworth is averaging 22.8 points and 4.8 assists, shooting 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from 3-point range and 86.7 percent (39-of-45) at the free throw line.

BRAGG'IN RIGHTS: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top four in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 8.9 per game, while being second in both blocks at 1.8 and offensive rebounds at 3.2, and fourth in both field-goal percentage at 61.4 (156-of-254) and scoring at 17.8.

On Feb. 1 in a 99-76 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 10 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 scored double-figure points in 23 games this season. In WWU's win over Central Washington last Saturday, he scored a career-high 32 points. On Jan. 11, Bragg had 30 points and a career-high 17 rebounds against Simon Fraser.

PURE PARKER: Redshirt freshman forward Jeffrey Parker has averaged 18.2 points over the last six games. During that span, he has shot 52.6 percent (40-of-76) from the field, including 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from 3- point range.

Parker has scored double-figure points in 12 games, with a high of 25 against Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 20. His top rebounding effort was 10 at Montana State Billings on Feb. 13.

On the season, Parker is averaging 11.2 points and hitting 41.1 percent (46-of-112) from beyond the arc.

TURNER TENACIOUS: Junior forward Anye Turner ranks third among GNAC leaders in blocks at 1.7 per game, fifth in rebounds at 7.6, and eighth in field-goal shooting at 55.9 (81-of-145).

On the season, he is averaging 9.4 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.

POINT MAN HARRIS, JR: Senior point guard Robert Harris, Jr., has scored double figures in three of his last four games and 13 times overall this season after transferring from NCAA I Idaho.

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 has not been listed the last two weeks. 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.

SAINT MARTIN'S: The Saints are 8-16 overall and 5-11 in conference play, losing their last four games and 12 of their last 15. They are led by 5-10 senior guard Evan Coulter (Mount Vernon, 15.7 ppg, 3.5 apg, 53.2 FG Pct., 46.7 3-point Pct., 86.7 FT Pct.). Two solid transfers for first-year coach Michael Ostlund are 6-4 senior forward Ryan Rogers (14.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg), a first-team NWAACC West Region all-star at Lower Columbia CC; and 6-2 junior guard Riley Carel (9.2 ppg, 3.4 apg, 4.1 rpg) from Seattle Pacific. WWU has a 125-60 series advantage, winning 87-75 at Bellingham on Dec. 7.

WESTERN OREGON: The Wolves, 15-11 overall and 8-8 in GNAC action, have won five of their last seven games following a stretch of five straight losses. They began the season 10-4. WOU has two standout transfers, 6-9 junior center Marwan Sarhan (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg , 54.2 FG Pct.) from Alexandria, Egypt; who played 10 games at DII Charleston, and 6-6 junior forward Adam Hastings (6.5 ppg, 55.5 FG Pct.), who earned NWAACC all-region honors at Linn-Benton CC. Three top returnees for third-year coach Brady Bergeson (43-37) are 6-1 senior guard Rodney Webster (14.4 ppg), 6-5 sophomore forward Andy Avgi (12.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg59.1 FG Pct.), last year's GNAC Freshman of the Year; and 6-1 sophomore guard Devon Alexander (9.7 ppg, 3.0 apg, 2.1 spg). WWU holds a 40-14 series advantage, winning 67-66 at Bellingham on Dec. 5.

UPCOMING GAMES:

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 #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com %broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

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.

Feb. 22 - Woodworth scored WWU's last 13 points, eight in the final 20 seconds capped by a buzzer-beating shot from just beyond half court as the Vikings rallied from a six-point deficit with 1:05 remaining for a dramatic 94-91 win over arch-rival Central Washington on Senior Night at Carver Gym. Bragg had a career-high 32 points for WWU.

THREE-DOT NOTES: The Vikings are shooting 68.3 percent (453-of-663) at the free-throw line this season, the only team in the GNAC under 70 percent ... 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 finished 14-1 at home this season, and has won 41 of its last 42 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.

INJURIES: Anye Turner sat out the Montana State Billings game on Feb. 13 because of a dislocated big toe suffered in an 84-83 win at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8. Joey Schreiber returned to action versus Seattle Pacific on Feb.15 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.

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, 49-9, 84.3 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.

ROOT SPORTS: Three WWU home games were televised live on ROOT Sports (Comcast Channel 30) this season. They included Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15, Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 1 and 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.

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. 20 - WWU 84, Northwest Nazarene 72 at Bellingham, WA

Parker scored a team-high 25 points as WWU bounced back from two narrow road losses to defeat Northwest Nazarene, 84-72, on Thursday in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Bragg had 23 points and game-highs of 13 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots as the Vikings improved to 17-6 overall and remained second in the GNAC standings at 11-4. They are 13-1 at home this season and have won 40 of their last 41 at Carver Gym. NNU fell to 5-18 overall and 3-12 in the GNAC with its 10 straight loss despite a game-high 27 points by forward Kevin Rima. Rima, who was 10-of-15 from the field, also had a team-high eight rebounds. The Vikings held a 38-35 lead at halftime and were up by 13, 71-58, with a little over eight minutes left, before NNU rallied with nine straight points, the last four by Rima, to pull within four, 71-67, with 6:11 to go. But WWU then took control as Harris, Jr., hit a layup and a free throw, and then Woodworth converted a steal into a breakaway layup to push the margin back to nine. The Vikings' lead was never under seven after that. Harris finished with 17 points and was 5-of-5 on free throws as the Vikings were 18-of-20 (90 percent) at the charity stripe. WWU also had a 35-23 advantage on the boards, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. Mario Donaldson had 16 points and Michael Loomis added 10 for the Crusaders, who shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the field. The first half featured eight ties and nine lead changes as NNU shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the floor.

Feb. 22 - WWU 94, Central Washington 91 at Bellingham, WA

Woodworth hit a half court shot at the buzzer, lifting WWU to a 94-91 victory over Central Washington in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Bragg had a career-high 32 points for the Vikings, and Woodworth added 20, 11 of them in the final minute, as the Vikings improved to 18-6 overall and 12-4 in the GNAC. Central fell to 11-13 overall and 7-9 in the GNAC with its fourth straight loss. Mark McLaughlin, who leads NCAA Division II in scoring at 27.1 points a game, paced the Wildcats with 32, and JB Pillard added 27, including a game-tying layin with 2.9 seconds left. The Wildcats held a six-point lead, matching its biggest of the game, at 89-83 entering the final minute. Woodworth hit a 3-pointer to close the gap to three, and after the Vikings got a stop at the other end, drove full court, was fouled, and hit two free throws with 21.4 seconds left, closing the gap to one. Following a timeout, the Vikings applied full-court pressure, and Woodworth knocked loose the inbound pass. The ball popped to Joey Schreiber, who missed a 3-pointer from the left corner, but Bragg grabbed the rebound in traffic, and fed an underhand pass in the key to Woodworth, who laid the ball in and was fouled with 10.9 to play. Woodworth's free throw put the Vikings up, 91-89, but at the other end, McLaughlin found Pillard underneath to tie the game. With WWU out of time outs, Woodworth took the inbound pass, dribbled against pressure and launched a line drive jumper from the left edge of the center jump circle that went in as the clock hit 0:00. The Vikings, who are now 14-1 at home this season and have won 41 of the last 42 at Carver Gym, shot 55.7 percent (34-of-61) from the field for the game, as Bragg went 14-of-18. Harris, Jr. added 12 points for WWU. Jordan Russell had 13 points for Central. The Wildcats were 27-of-30 (90.0 percent) on free throws, with McLaughlin going 16-of-17. The game featured 14 ties and seven lead changes, and neither team had a double-digit lead. WWU had a 48-43 lead at halftime, as Bragg had 19 first-half points. It was the last home game for five WWU seniors - Bragg, Harris, Woodworth, Davis and Thorpe. The Vikings have won 11 of 13 matchups with the Wildcats.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 15 (Feb. 25, 2014)

                    Conference       All
                    W	L	W	L        H	A	N
Seattle Pacific    13	3	22	5	11-2	5-3	6-0
Western Washington 12	4	18	6	14-1	4-3	0-2
Alaska Fairbanks   11	6	16	9	10-2	5-5	1-2
Alaska Anchorage   10	7	17	11	10-7	5-3	2-1
Western Oregon      8	8	15	11	9-4	4-6	2-1
MSU Billings        8	8	12	12	7-6	4-5	1-1
Central Washington  7	9	11	13	7-4	3-6	1-3
Saint Martin's      5	11	8	16	4-5	4-9	0-2
Northwest Nazarene	  4	12	6	18	4-9	2-8	0-1
Simon Fraser        3	13	10	14	8-7	2-7	0-0

Region Records - Seattle Pacific 18-5, Western Washington 15-5, Alaska Anchorage 13-8, Alaska Fairbanks 14-9, Western Oregon 11-11, MSU Billings 9-11, Central Washington 9-11, Saint Martin's 6-16, Simon Fraser 6-14, Northwest Nazarene 4-16. 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: Thursday - Saint Martin's 76 at Alaska Anchorage 88; Western Oregon 71 at Alaska Fairbanks 70; Central Washington 99 at Simon Fraser 112; Northwest Nazarene 72 at Western Washington 84. Saturday - Western Oregon 77 at Alaska Anchorage 96; Saint Martin's 46 at Alaska Fairbanks 66; Central Washington 91 at Western Washington 94; MSU Billings 72 at Seattle Pacific 70; Northwest Nazarene 98 at Simon Fraser 90.

THIS 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. (end-of-regular-season).

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

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 23): Team: Scoring - 11. Western Washington 87.7; 23. Alaska Anchorage 86.3. Scoring Defense - 26. Seattle Pacific 66.9; 28. Alaska Fairbanks 67.4. Scoring Margin - 18. Seattle Pacific 12.0. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 50.8; 22. Western Washington 49.8. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 13.1; 13. Northwest Nazarene 10.0. Three-Point PCT. - 3. Seattle Pacific 42.9; 12. Alaska Anchorage 40.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 11. Western Washington 29.6. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 79.8; 14. Central Washington 76.9. Assists - 9. Alaska Anchorage 18.3. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.21; 6. Seattle Pacific 1.61; 19. MSU Billings 1.44. Blocked Shots - 4. Western Washington 5.8. Steals - 9. Western Oregon 9.2. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.3; 2. Seattle Pacific 8.8, Turnover Margin - 22. Alaska Fairbanks 3.8; 23. Alaska Anchorage 3.7. Fewest Fouls - 9. Alaska Fairbanks 15.3; 12. Seattle Pacific 15.7. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 27.3; 15. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.7. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 65.2; 13. JB Pillard, CWU, 64.2; 23. Austin Bragg, WWU, 61.4. Three-Point FGs - 5. Travis Thompson, UAA, and Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.71; 23. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 3.04. Three-Point PCT. - 1. Patrick Simon, SPU, 52.3; 3. David Downs, SPU, 49.0; 21. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 44.4; 27. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 43.7. Free Throw PCT. - 12. Travis Thompson, UAA, 90.2. Assists - 5. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.5; 18. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.0; 25. Sango Niang, SFU, 5.7. Blocked Shots - 27. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.27. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.86; 16. Kyle Fossman, UAA, and Kalob Hatcher, 3.00. Double-Doubles - 25. Austin Bragg, WWU, 10.

DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Feb. 24): 10 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 7 - Austin Hudson, MSUB; JB Pillard, CWU. 6 - Andrew Kelly, UAF; Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Kevin Davis, CWU. 5 - Teancum Stafford, UAA. 4 - Kalob Hatcher, MSUB; Anye Turner, WWU. 3 - Matt Borton, SPU; Andy Avgi, WOU; Kevin Rima, NNU. 2 - Brian McGill, UAA; Mark McLaughlin, CWU; Ryan Rogers, SMU; Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB; Sango Niang, SFU. 1 - Seven with.

30-POINT GAMES (Through Feb. 24): 9 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 6 - Travis Thompson, UAA. 3 - Patrick Simon, SPU; David Downs, SPU. 2 - Richard Woodworth, WWU; Austin Bragg, WWU; Kevin Rima, NNU. 1 - Sango Niang, SFU; Austin Hudson, MSUB; Evan Coulter, SMU; Michael Loomis, NNU; Kyle Fossman, UAA.

20-POINT GAMES (5 or more; Through Feb. 24): 19 - Mark McLaughlin, CWU. 17- Travis Thompson, UAA. 15 - David Downs, SPU. 11 - Richard Woodworth, WWU. 9 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - Brian McGill, UAA; Kyle Fossman, UAA. 7 - Austin Hudson, MSUB; Sango Niang, SFU. 6 - Jeffrey Parker, WWU; Ronnie Baker, UAF; Ryan Rogers, SMU; Evan Coulter, SMU; Patrick Simon, SPU. 5 - Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB; Mario Donaldson, NNU; JB Pillard, CWU; Kevin Rima, NNU.

10-REBOUND GAMES (4 or more; Through Feb. 24): 11 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 8 - JB Pillard, CWU; Teancum Stafford, UAA. 7 - Kevin Davis, CWU; Andrew Kelly, UAF; Austin Hudson, MSUB. 6 - Ibrahim Appiah, SFU; Anye Turner, WWU. 5 - 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. 25) - 20. Seattle Pacific; 34. Western Washington. NCAA West Region (Feb. 19) - 1. Cal State San Bernardino (18-3); 2. Cal Baptist (22-1); 3. Cal Poly Pomona (17-3); 4. Seattle Pacific (20-4); 5. Dixie State (19-4); 6. Chico State (16-5); 7. Western Washington (13-6); 8. Chaminade (13-7); 9. Dominican (17-7); 10. Cal State Stanislaus (12-8). Note: Record listed is in games against Division II opponents only, Qualifiers for the regional will be revealed on ncaa.com Sunday, March 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: Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, Sr., Haines, AK) and Sango Niang, Simon Fraser (G, 6-0, Jr., Paris, France - Chaffey) .... Fossman scored 58 points including 40 in Saturday's 96-77 win against Western Oregon, as the Seawolves clinched a GNAC post-season berth with a pair of victories. Fossman made 19 of 27 field goals, including 17 of 25 three-pointers increasing his career three-point total to 248 (5th best in GNAC history). He also set a GNAC single-game record making 12 three-pointers (in 16 attempts) against the Wolves, breaking the old conference mark of 10 shared by three players ... Niang had 63 points and 21 assists, producing a pair of double-doubles, as the Clan split two games. He scored 36 points and had 11 assists in Thursday's 112-99 win against Central Washington, scoring the second most points in GNAC history in a game in which the player also had 10 or more assists. He followed that up with a 27-point, 10-assist performance in Saturday's 98-90 loss to Northwest Nazarene. Niang made 19 of 29 field goal attempts and was perfect (20-of-20) from the foul line. His double-digit assist games were his first two of the season.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 55 points and 21 rebounds in home wins against Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington. Bragg, who also led the Vikings with six steals and four blocks, had more assists (9) than missed shots (7) converting on 76.7 percent (23-of-30) ... Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-6, Jr., Fairbanks, AK - Hutchinson) netted 58 points and had 19 rebounds as the Crusaders earned a road split. Rima shot 75.9 percent, cashing in on 22 of 29 shots. He also blocked a pair of shots ... Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Tacoma CC) had back-to-back 30-point games, scoring 34 against Simon Fraser and 32 against Western Washington. McLaughlin was 26-of-27 from the foul line in the two contests.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, So., Fontana, CA - Summit) led the Wolves to two wins leading his team in points (31) and rebounds (12). He also had five steals and five assists ... David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) scored 31 of his 33 points in the second half and overtime in a 72-70 loss to MSUB. Downs also had eight rebounds ... Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC) led the Saints with 31 points, connecting on 13-of-23 shots. He also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Fossman became the 19th player in GNAC history to score 40 or more points. CWU's Mark McLaughlin, who has a GNAC record three 40-point games this season, needs one more 30-point game to match the GNAC career record of 14 by Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-11). McLaughlin had four last year and has nine this season. Thirteen of West's 14 came in his senior season ... Patrick Simon of Seattle Pacific continues to rank No. 1 in GNAC history in three-point percentage (48.7) and No. 1 this winter in Division II with a 52.3 percentage ... Kaleb Hatcher of Montana State Billings ranks third in GNAC history in career assists per game averaging 5.96.

THE PLAYOFF PICTURE: Seattle Pacific, Western Washington, Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage have clinched berths for next week's six-team GNAC conference tournament, which begins Wednesday at Marcus Pavilion on the campus of Saint Martin's University. Currently, Western Oregon and Montana State Billings are tied for fifth with 8-8 conference records, one game ahead of Central Washington. WOU can clinch one of the two remaining berths with a win Wednesday against Simon Fraser in a ROOT SPORTS televised game.

THE TIEBREAKERS: If Western Oregon, Montana State Billings and Central Washington end up in a three-way tie for fifth, WOU will earn the fifth seed and CWU will get the sixth-and-final berth based on the conference's head-to-head tiebreaker. However, in case of two-way ties, the advantages go to Western Oregon (against both MSUB and CWU) and Montana State Billings (against CWU). Seattle Pacific needs one win to clinch the top-seed and Western Washington needs one win or a Alaska Fairbanks loss to wrap up no worse than the second seed. The top two seeds earn first-round byes.

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. The next ROOT SPORTS game will be Wednesday when Western Oregon hosts Simon Fraser. Bob Akamian will do the play-by-play alongside Dave Harshman, who will handle the color commentary. The series concludes Saturday when Brad Adam will join Harshman mikeside for a women's game between Simon Fraser and Western Washington. (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 91 at Western Washington 94 (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: The Seawolves made 27 of 41 three-pointers in Saturday's 19-point win against Western Oregon, matching their own GNAC record for most three-pointers made against Northland International earlier this season. In addition to Fossman (17-of-25), Travis Thompson made 10-of-17 in netting 48 points and Colton Lauwers was 5-of-10.

Alaska Fairbanks: Ronnie Baker had 30 points and seven assists as the Nanooks split two games, losing by one to Western Oregon before beating Saint Martin's by 20 ... The Nanooks have two active 900-point career scorers. Sergej Pucar has 927 and Stefan Tica has scored 908. They rank 70th and 72nd, respectively, in GNAC career scoring.

Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin, JB Pillard and Jordan Russell combined for 104 points in the Wildcats' two road losses. McLaughlin had 66, Pillard had 35 on 15-of-22 shooting, and Russell netted 33 points. CWU made 43-of-49 free throws (87.8 percent), but was just 9-of-35 from the three-point line (25.7 percent).

Montana State Billings: Devon Wallace led the Yellowjackets with 17 points and Jonathan Mesghna had 15 as MSUB ended Seattle Pacific's 11-game win streak with a 72-70 overtime victory. Marc Matthews, who had 13 points, got the game-winner on a rebound basket at the buzzer. The two teams have split two overtime contests; SPU won 92-87 in two overtimes earlier this season in Billings.

Northwest Nazarene: Kevin Rima had 31 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's NNU win at Simon Fraser to finish the weekend with impressive numbers (48 points, 19 rebounds). Mario Donaldson netted 41 points and also had a team-high eight assists. The Crusaders shot 55.6 percent from the floor (60-of-108) and 81.8 percent from the foul line (36-of-44).

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter paced the Saints with 31 points and also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a pair of double-digit losses in Alaska. Ryan Rogers and Riley Carrel had 21 points each. SMU outrebounded by Alaskans 70-58, but shot just 11-of-40 from the arc and had 12 more turnovers (27-15).

Seattle Pacific: David Downs had nearly half of SPU's points (33 of 70) and 62 percent of its second-half points (31 of 50) in Saturday's overtime game. He was the only Falcon in double figures as SPU overcame a 32-20 halftime deficit before losing in the extra period. The Falcons had 10 fewer turnovers (16-6) than the `Jackets, but shot just 34.4 percent (22-of-64),

Simon Fraser: Sango Niang (See GNAC Player of the Week notes) had two of the highest point totals in GNAC history among players with double-digit assists in home games against Central Washington (36) and Northwest Nazarene (27). His CWU total ranks second and his NNU total ranks seventh in that category. David Gebru had 30 points and Taylor Dunn had 28 points and 13 rebounds.

Western Oregon: In addition to Devon Alexander (31 points, 12 rebounds), the Wolves were led by Rodney Webster (28 points, 7 steals), Andy Avgi (26 points) and Jordan Wiley (22 points, 5-of-11 three-pointers) in splitting two games in Alaska.

Western Washington: Richard Woodworth, who beat Central Washington Saturday with a shot from beyond half court before a regionally televised audience on ROOT SPORTS, has played in 119 games, five shy of the GNAC record of 124 set last year by WWU's Chris Mitchell. Woodworth scored 10 points in the final 60 seconds after scoring just 19 in his previous 66 minutes. He was just 8-of-24 from the floor, but did lead the Vikings with 12 assists.

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).

Week of Jan. 27-Feb. 2: 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.

Week of Feb. 3-9: Austin Hudson, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT - Central Wyoming) scored 47 points and had 32 rebounds as the Yellowjackets split two games, earning their first win at Anchorage since Jan. 29, 1998 ... Hudson scored 24 points and had 22 rebounds, including a GNAC record 13 offensive caroms, in a 88-74 loss Thursday at Alaska Fairbanks. He then led MSUB to a 75-62 win against Alaska Anchorage scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. In the two games, Hudson made 20 of 32 shots (62.5 percent) and also had four assists, four steals and two blocks. Half of his 32 rebounds came off the offensive glass. His 22 rebounds at UAF equal the second highest individual single-game total in GNAC history.

Week of Feb. 10-16: 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.

Men's Basketball: 2 GNAC Tournament Berths Still Up For Grabs

PORTLAND, Ore. - Four teams have clinched berths in the GNAC Men's Basketball Championships, which begin next Wednesday at Marcus Pavilion, but two berths are still up for grabs.

Western Oregon has an opportunity to secure one of the two remaining spots this Wednesday (15-11, 8-8) when it hosts Simon Fraser (10-14, 3-13) in a ROOT SPORTS regionally-televised game. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

A win by the Wolves, who are currently tied for fifth-place with Montana State Billings (12-12, 8-8) and are one game ahead of seventh-place Central Washington (11-13, 7-9), will secure WOU no worse than a tie for sixth in the final conference standings. WOU controls all the tiebreakers with MSUB and CWU.

Seattle Pacific (22-5, 13-3), Western Washington (18-6, 12-4), Alaska Fairbanks (16-9, 11-6) and Alaska Anchorage (17-11, 10-7) are all assured of berths in the tournament. SPU is ranked 20th in this week's NABC national poll, while WWU is among "others receiving votes" and is 34th overall.

SPU has wrapped up a first-round bye. Western Washington can secure the other first-round bye with one win in its final two games or a loss by UAF Thursday when it hosts UAA.

Four games including the UAA-UAF contest are on Thursday's schedule. Seattle Pacific travels to Ellensburg to take on Central Washington. Montana State Billings plays at Northwest Nazarene (6-18, 4-12). Western Washington, meanwhile, plays at Saint Martin's (8-16, 5-11).

The regular-season then concludes Saturday with four more games as MSU Billings plays at Central Washington, Seattle Pacific visits Northwest Nazarene, Saint Martin's hosts Simon Fraser and Western Washington is at Western Oregon.

GNAC Championships (March 5-8 at Marcus Pavilion, Saint Martin's University, Lacey, WA): WEDNESDAY: Noon - #3 seed vs. #6 seed. 2:15 p.m. - #4 seed vs. #5 seed. THURSDAY: 5:15 p.m. - #3/#6 winner vs. #2 seed. 7:30 p.m. - #4/#5 winner vs. #1 seed. SATURDAY: 5:15 p.m. - Championship game.

McLaughlin, Simon Hold On To National Statistical Leads

Mark McLaughlin of Central Washington and Seattle Pacific's Patrick Simon held on to their national statistical leads in scoring and three-point percentage in this week's NCAA Division II report.

McLaughlin leads the nation in scoring averaging 27.3 points per game, a full two points better than runnerup Roderick Perkins of Erskine, who is averaging 25.3 points.

Simon is shooting 52.3 percent from the arc. Teammate David Downs ranks third with a 49.0 percentage.

Also ranked in the Top 10 this week are MSU Billings point guard Kalob Hatcher, shooting guards Travis Thompson and Kyle Fossman of Alaska Anchorage, guard Riley Stockton of Seattle Pacific and forward Andrew Kelly of Alaska Fairbanks. Hatcher ranks fifth in assists (7.5). Thompson and Fossman are tied for fifth in three-pointers (3.71). Stockton is second in assist/turnover ratio (3.86). Kelly is ninth in field goal percentage (65.2).

In team categories, Alaska Anchorage is the national team leader in both fewest turnovers (8.3) and assist/turnover ratio (2.21). The Seawolves also rank second in free throw percentage (79.8), third in three-pointers made (13.1) and ninth in assists (18.3).

Seattle Pacific ranks second in fewest turnovers (8.8). third in three-point percentage (42.9) and sixth in field goal percentage (50.8) and assist/turnover ratio (1.61).

Western Washington is fourth in blocks (5.8). Western Oregon ranks ninth in steals (9.2) and Alaska Fairbanks ranks ninth in fewest fouls (15.3).

NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Feb. 23) Team: Scoring - 11. Western Washington 87.7; 23. Alaska Anchorage 86.3. Scoring Defense - 26. Seattle Pacific 66.9; 28. Alaska Fairbanks 67.4. Scoring Margin - 18. Seattle Pacific 12.0. Field Goal PCT. - 6. Seattle Pacific 50.8; 22. Western Washington 49.8. Three-Pointers - 3. Alaska Anchorage 13.1; 13. Northwest Nazarene 10.0. Three-Point PCT. - 3. Seattle Pacific 42.9; 12. Alaska Anchorage 40.7. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 11. Western Washington 29.6. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Alaska Anchorage 79.8; 14. Central Washington 76.9. Assists - 9. Alaska Anchorage 18.3. Assist/TO Ratio - 1. Alaska Anchorage 2.21; 6. Seattle Pacific 1.61; 19. MSU Billings 1.44. Blocked Shots - 4. Western Washington 5.8. Steals - 9. Western Oregon 9.2. Fewest Turnovers - 1. Alaska Anchorage 8.3; 2. Seattle Pacific 8.8, Turnover Margin - 22. Alaska Fairbanks 3.8; 23. Alaska Anchorage 3.7. Fewest Fouls - 9. Alaska Fairbanks 15.3; 12. Seattle Pacific 15.7. Individuals: Scoring - 1. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 27.3; 15. Travis Thompson, UAA, 21.7. Field Goal PCT. - 9. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 65.2; 13. JB Pillard, CWU, 64.2; 23. Austin Bragg, WWU, 61.4. Three-Point FGs - 5. Travis Thompson, UAA, and Kyle Fossman, UAA, 3.71; 23. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 3.04. Three-Point PCT. - 1. Patrick Simon, SPU, 52.3; 3. David Downs, SPU, 49.0; 21. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 44.4; 27. Jonathan Mesghna, MSUB, 43.7. Free Throw PCT. - 12. Travis Thompson, UAA, 90.2. Assists - 5. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 7.5; 18. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.0; 25. Sango Niang, SFU, 5.7. Blocked Shots - 27. Kevin Davis, CWU, 2.27. Assist/TO Ratio - 2. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.86; 16. Kyle Fossman, UAA, and Kalob Hatcher, 3.00. Double-Doubles - 25. Austin Bragg, WWU, 10.

GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, Sr., Haines, AK) and Sango Niang, Simon Fraser (G, 6-0, Jr., Paris, France - Chaffey) .... Fossman scored 58 points including 40 in Saturday's 96-77 win against Western Oregon, as the Seawolves clinched a GNAC post-season berth with a pair of victories. Fossman made 19 of 27 field goals, including 17 of 25 three-pointers increasing his career three-point total to 248 (5th best in GNAC history). He also set a GNAC single-game record making 12 three-pointers (in 16 attempts) against the Wolves, breaking the old conference mark of 10 shared by three players ... Niang had 63 points and 21 assists, producing a pair of double-doubles, as the Clan split two games. He scored 36 points and had 11 assists in Thursday's 112-99 win against Central Washington, scoring the second most points in GNAC history in a game in which the player also had 10 or more assists. He followed that up with a 27-point, 10-assist performance in Saturday's 98-90 loss to Northwest Nazarene. Niang made 19 of 29 field goal attempts and was perfect (20-of-20) from the foul line. His double-digit assist games were his first two of the season.

HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Clark CC) had 55 points and 21 rebounds in home wins against Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington. Bragg, who also led the Vikings with six steals and four blocks, had more assists (9) than missed shots (7) converting on 76.7 percent (23-of-30) ... Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-6, Jr., Fairbanks, AK - Hutchinson) netted 58 points and had 19 rebounds as the Crusaders earned a road split. Rima shot 75.9 percent, cashing in on 22 of 29 shots. He also blocked a pair of shots ... Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Tacoma CC) had back-to-back 30-point games, scoring 34 against Simon Fraser and 32 against Western Washington. McLaughlin was 26-of-27 from the foul line in the two contests.

MORE MENTIONABLES: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, So., Fontana, CA - Summit) led the Wolves to two wins leading his team in points (31) and rebounds (12). He also had five steals and five assists ... David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian) scored 31 of his 33 points in the second half and overtime in a 72-70 loss to MSUB. Downs also had eight rebounds ... Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC) led the Saints with 31 points, connecting on 13-of-23 shots. He also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals.

FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Fossman became the 19th player in GNAC history to score 40 or more points. CWU's Mark McLaughlin, who has a GNAC record three 40-point games this season, needs one more 30-point game to match the GNAC career record of 14 by Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks (2010-11). McLaughlin had four last year and has nine this season. Thirteen of West's 14 came in his senior season ... Patrick Simon of Seattle Pacific continues to rank No. 1 in GNAC history in three-point percentage (48.7) and No. 1 this winter in Division II with a 52.3 percentage ... Kalob Hatcher of Montana State Billings ranks third in GNAC history in career assists per game averaging 5.96.

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: The Seawolves made 27 of 41 three-pointers in Saturday's 19-point win against Western Oregon, matching their own GNAC record for most three-pointers made against Northland International earlier this season. In addition to Fossman (17-of-25), Travis Thompson made 10-of-17 in netting 48 points and Colton Lauwers was 5-of-10.

Alaska Fairbanks: Ronnie Baker had 30 points and seven assists as the Nanooks split two games, losing by one to Western Oregon before beating Saint Martin's by 20 ... The Nanooks have two active 900-point career scorers. Sergej Pucar has 927 and Stefan Tica has scored 908. They rank 70th and 72nd, respectively, in GNAC career scoring.

Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin, JB Pillard and Jordan Russell combined for 104 points in the Wildcats' two road losses. McLaughlin had 66, Pillard had 35 on 15-of-22 shooting, and Russell netted 33 points. CWU made 43-of-49 free throws (87.8 percent), but was just 9-of-35 from the three-point line (25.7 percent).

Montana State Billings: Devon Wallace led the Yellowjackets with 17 points and Jonathan Mesghna had 15 as MSUB ended Seattle Pacific's 11-game win streak with a 72-70 overtime victory. Marc Matthews, who had 13 points, got the game-winner on a rebound basket at the buzzer. The two teams have split two overtime contests; SPU won 92-87 in two overtimes earlier this season in Billings.

Northwest Nazarene: Kevin Rima had 31 points and 11 rebounds in Saturday's NNU win at Simon Fraser to finish the weekend with impressive numbers (48 points, 19 rebounds). Mario Donaldson netted 41 points and also had a team-high eight assists. The Crusaders shot 55.6 percent from the floor (60-of-108) and 81.8 percent from the foul line (36-of-44).

Saint Martin's: Evan Coulter paced the Saints with 31 points and also had 11 rebounds, seven assists and four steals in a pair of double-digit losses in Alaska. Ryan Rogers and Riley Carel had 21 points each. SMU outrebounded by Alaskans 70-58, but shot just 11-of-40 from the arc and had 12 more turnovers (27-15).

Seattle Pacific: David Downs had nearly half of SPU's points (33 of 70) and 62 percent of its second-half points (31 of 50) in Saturday's overtime game. He was the only Falcon in double figures as SPU overcame a 32-20 halftime deficit before losing in the extra period. The Falcons had 10 fewer turnovers (16-6) than the `Jackets, but shot just 34.4 percent (22-of-64),

Simon Fraser: Sango Niang (See GNAC Player of the Week notes) had two of the highest point totals in GNAC history among players with double-digit assists in home games against Central Washington (36) and Northwest Nazarene (27). His CWU total ranks second and his NNU total ranks seventh in that category. David Gebru had 30 points and Taylor Dunn had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Western Oregon: In addition to Devon Alexander (31 points, 12 rebounds), the Wolves were led by Rodney Webster (28 points, 7 steals), Andy Avgi (26 points) and Jordan Wiley (22 points, 5-of-11 three-pointers) in splitting two games in Alaska.

Western Washington: Richard Woodworth, who beat Central Washington Saturday with a shot from beyond half court before a regionally televised audience on ROOT SPORTS, has played in 119 games, five shy of the GNAC record of 124 set last year by WWU's Chris Mitchell. Woodworth scored 10 points in the final 60 seconds after scoring just 19 in his previous 66 minutes. He was just 8-of-24 from the floor, but did lead the Vikings with 12 assists.