BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Western Washington University men's basketball team will celebrate its 2016-17 season in an end of season banquet on Tuesday, May 2 at the Bellingham Golf and Country Club.
The Vikings were the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament champions with a 25-6 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Division II Championships. WWU went 17-3 in GNAC play and swept through the GNAC Tournament to claim both titles. Western finished the season ranked No. 12 in the NABC Division II Coaches Poll.
The banquet will recognize all the accomplishments of the squad in a relaxed atmosphere at one of the top event venues in Whatcom County. The evening will include dinner with a no-host bar, a viewing of the 2016-17 season highlight video, remarks from head coach Tony Dominguez and team awards.
"End of the Season Banquets are a great time to celebrate both individual and team accomplishments," said Dominguez, the GNAC Coach of the Year. "This year's team has a lot to be proud of and we look forward to celebrating the season with the many great supporters of the program."
Fans and friends of the program who wish to sign up for the event can register online for $25 per person prior to the event or $30 at the door on the night of the event.
- What: 2016-17 WWU Men's Basketball Banquet
- When: Tuesday, May 2
- Time: Starts at 6 pm
- Where: Bellingham Golf & Country Club
- Registration: bit.ly/17MBB_Banquet
- Price: $25 (prior to event) $30 (night of event)
- Who's Invited: All supporters and fans of WWU Athletics
2016-17 WWU MEN'S BASKETBALL Season IN REVIEW
The Vikings won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular season and conference tournament championships...made 8th NCAA Division II Tournament appearance as the No. 3 seed in the West Regional in San Diego...returned to the national tournament for the first time since back-to-back Final Four appearances in 2011-12 (National Champions) and 2012-13...defeated by eventual West Region champion Chico State to end season 25-6 overall...won the GNAC regular-season championship with a 17-3 mark in league for the sixth overall GNAC regular-season championship and fourth outright...tied program record for most wins in GNAC play with the 17-1 season in 2012-13...beat host Saint Martin's and defending champion Western Oregon in the GNAC Tournament to win first conference tournament title...26 overall wins are the most since back-to-back 31-win seasons in 2011-12 (National Championship Season) and 2012-13 (Final Four)...10th consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in program history, and advanced to the postseason for the ninth consecutive season...head coach Tony Dominguez was named the GNAC Coach of the Year and reached the 100-win mark faster than any other WWU men's basketball coach...had three separate 8-game winning streaks, including 8-0 start to the season...ended season winning 16 of last 19 games...went 12-1 in games in Bellingham as the Vikings completed their second season playing off campus at Whatcom Community College while the Carver Gym renovation is nearing completion.
STATISTICALLY SPEAKING...finished the season as one of the top shooting teams in the nation, ranking 24th in Division II in field goal percentage (49.3%/943-for-1913), 24th in 3-point field goal percentage (40.1%/564-for-720) and 10th in free throw percentage (78.3%/564-for-720)...set the WWU single-season record with 282 made 3-pointers and had the 3rd-best free throw shooting percentage...averaged 88.1 points per game, 7th-best in program history and 15th-best in NCAA Division II...scored 100 or more points seven times.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR...redshirt senior Taylor Stafford became the third first-team All-American in program history, earning First-Team All-America honors from the NABC and Basketball Times...named the GNAC Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, First Team All-GNAC and the GNAC Tournament MVP...became the third WWU player to earn GNAC Player of the Year honors in the 16-year history of the league, joining Ira Graham (2008-09) and John Allen (2012-13)...averaged 22.8 points per game and scored in double-digits in 30 of 31 games (20 20-point games, 8 30-point games)...set WWU's single-season record with 706 points and ranked 2nd in scoring average...became the fourth 700-point scorer in a single-season in GNAC history (5th instance)...four-time GNAC Player of the Week to tie single-season conference record...scored 44 points Dec. 12 at UC San Diego, 2nd-most in a game in WWU history (most in a regular-season game)...scored 12 points in the NABC/Reese's Division II All-Star Game in Sioux Falls, SD.
PARKER'S POINTS...senior Jeffrey Parker ended his career as WWU's all-time leading scorer with 1,867 career points, breaking the record of 1,844 points set by Grant Dykstra...also finished his career as WWU's leader in field goals made (670) and 2nd with 277 3-pointers made...7th in GNAC history in points scored and tied for 7th with 121 games played...appeared in every game during his WWU career, making the last 109 starts in a row...named to the All-GNAC team for three straight seasons, being a second-team pick as a sophomore in 2014-15 and a first-team selection as a junior (2015-16) and senior (2016-17)...selected as a Second Team NABC All-West Region in 2016-17.
ADDITIONAL NOTES...junior Deandre Dickson missed 9 of the first 10 games of the year after having knee surgery, but ended up as All-GNAC Honorable Mention averaging 14.1 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in 22 games (all off the bench) and led team with four double-doubles...redshirt freshman Daulton Hommes led the GNAC in 3-point field goal percentage (47.9%/46-for-96) and was an All-GNAC Honorable Mention selection (12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg)...redshirt freshman Trevor Jasinsky ranked 4th in the GNAC shooting 45.6% (36-for-79) from 3-point range...sophomore Trey Drechsel started the first 16 games of the season (9.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg) before enduring a season-ending injury (broken bone in right foot) Jan. 14 at Western Oregon...sophomore center Logan Schilder recorded 59 blocked shots, 7th in WWU single-season history and finished 28th in NCAA II with 1.90 blocks/game.
NABC NCAA Division II All-America:
Taylor Stafford, G (1st team)
Basketball Times Division II All-America
Taylor Stafford, G (1st team)
Division II Bulletin All-Americans
Taylor Stafford, G (2nd team)
D2CAA All-West Region:
Taylor Stafford, G (1st team)
GNAC Weekly Awards:
Nov. 28-Dec. 4: Taylor Stafford
Jan. 16-22: Jeffrey Parker
Feb. 6-12: Taylor Stafford
Feb. 13-19: Taylor Stafford
GNAC Tournament MVP: Taylor Stafford
Team of the Week: Jan. 2-8, Feb. 27-March 5
NABC/Reese's Division II All-Star Game (Taylor Stafford)
Bevo Francis Award Watch List (Stafford-Top 25, Parker-Top 100)
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