Nov. 21, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Off to a 2-0 start, the top 10 nationally ranked Western Washington University men's basketball teams entertains Quest University from Squamish, B.C., on Sunday, Nov. 24, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The game time, originally set for 3 p.m., has been changed to 6 p.m.
The Vikings, ranked No.7 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are coming off a thrilling 80-74 win over BYU Hawaii on Tuesday, Nov. 19. They tied a school record by rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit.
The last time WWU triumphed after being that far behind was on Feb. 4, 1989, in a 100-97 win over Alaska Southeast at Carver Gym.
The victory extended WWU's school and Great Northwest Athletic Conference record home court winning streak to 29.
WWU guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) tied for game-high honors with 22 points against the Seasiders and is averaging 20.0 points per game.
Averaging a double-double for the Vikings is forward Anye Turner (Jr., Olympia/Black Hills) at 10.0 points and 11.0 rebounds. He grabbed 17 rebounds in the win over BYU Hawaii.
Forward Joey Schreiber (R-Fr., Renton/Eastside Catholic) is averaging 13.0 points and Robert Harris, Jr., (Jr., Kent/Rainier Beach) 11.5. Against, BYU Hawaii, Schreiber keyed a 25-3 charge with 12 points as WWU, trailing 63-44 with just under 14 minutes remaining, took a 69-66 lead with 4:15 left.
Center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds, while blocking seven shots. He had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in WWU's season-opening 77-67 win over Notre Dame de Namur.
Quest, 3-2 overall (Nov. 22 at Capilano), is led by 6-1 guard Cartiea French-Toney, who is averaging 28.7 points and 6.0 assists. Forward Jose Colorado is averaging 19.0 points for the Kermodes and center Mohammed Dadfar is rebounding at a 7.7 per game clip.
Quest head coach Sean Shook is a WWU graduate and former Viking forward Shedrick Nelson is on the Kermode roster.
WWU has won both previous meetings with Quest.
WWU, which is opening its season with eight straight home games, is coming off back-to-back 31-win campaigns, claiming the national championship in 2012 and reaching the national semifinals in 2013.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 2 (Nov. 19, 2013)
W L W L H A N
Western Washington 0 0 1 0 1-0 0-0 0-0
Alaska Anchorage 0 0 5 1 3-0 0-0 2-1
Seattle Pacific 0 0 4 1 1-1 0-0 3-0
Simon Fraser 0 0 3 1 2-0 1-1 0-0
Western Oregon 0 0 2 2 0-0 0-1 2-1
Northwest Nazarene 0 0 1 1 1-1 0-0 0-0
Alaska Fairbanks 0 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 1-1
Central Washington 0 0 1 1 0-0 0-0 1-1
MSU Billings 0 0 1 3 1-1 0-2 0-0
Saint Martin's 0 0 0 4 0-0 0-2 0-2
Exhibition Records (Versus D1): Western Washington 2-0 (0-0); Western Oregon 1-0 (0-0); Seattle Pacific 1-1 (0-1); Saint Martin's 1-1 (0-1); Alaska Fairbanks 1-1 (1-1); 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 0-2 (0-0). Totals 6-13 (0-8).
LAST WEEK: Monday - Willamette 74 at Northwest Nazarene 91, Douglas 59 at Western Washington 116 (exh). Tuesday - Vancouver Island 74 at Simon Fraser 87. Thursday - MSU Billings 65 at South Dakota Mines 72. Friday - UAA AT&T Alascom (Regis 72, Alaska Faribanks 63; Alaska Anchorage 93, Holy Names 60); Notre Dame de Namur 67 at Western Washington 77; SPU Sodexo Tip-Off Classic (Dixie State 106, Central Washington 89; Seattle Pacific 94, Colorado Christian 78); Azusa Pacific Invitational (Western Oregon 70, Cal Poly Pomona 65); Saint Martin's 53 at Cal State L.A. 69. Saturday - MSU Billings 77 at Black Hills State 97; UAA AT&T Alascom (Alaska Fairbanks vs. Holy Names, 1 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage vs. Regis, 3 p.m.); Notre Dame de Namur 77 at Simon Fraser 84; SPU Sodexo Tip-Off Classic (Central Washington 95, Colorado Christian 70; Dixie State 90, Seattle Pacific 88, ot); Azusa Pacific Invitational (Cal State Dominguez Hills 71, Western Oregon 59); Northwest Nazarene 64 at Idaho 79 (exh); Saint Martin's 79 at Cal Baptist 86. Sunday - Holy Names 73 bat Alaska Anchorage 90.
THIS WEEK: Tuesday - Douglas at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.; BYU-Hawaii at Western Washington, 7 p.m. Wednesday - Rocky Mountain at MSU Billings, 7 p.m. Thursday - Alaska Invitational (Fresno Pacific vs. Emporia State, 5 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks vs. Mary, 7 p.m.). Friday - MSU Northern at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Alaska Invitational (Fresno Pacific vs. Mary, 5 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks vs. Emporia State, 7 p.m.); CWU GNAC/PacWest Challenge (BYU-Hawaii vs. Seattle Pacific, 8 p.m.; Hawaii Pacific vs. Central Washington, 6 p.m.); NNU/College of Idaho Invitational (UC - Colorado Springs vs. College of Idaho, 5 p.m.; Western Montana at Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m.). Saturday - Alaska Invitational (Mary vs. Emporia State, 5 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks vs. Fresno Pacific, 7 p.m.); Academy of Art at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.; CWU GNAC/PacWest Challenge (Hawaii Pacific vs. Seattle Pacific, 2 p.m.; BYU-Hawaii vs. Central Washington, 4 p.m.); Dixie State at Western Oregon, 2 p.m.; NNU/College of Idaho Invitational (Western Montana vs. College of Idaho, 3 p.m.; UC-Colorado Springs at Northwest Nazarene, 5:30 p.m.). Sunday - Quest at Western Washington, 6 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 26) - Kwantlen at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.
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 at Anchorage) - Travis Thompson, UAA (MVP); Kyle Fossman, UAA; Ronnie Baker, UAF; Brian McGill, UAA; Teancum Stanford, UAA. SPU Sodexo TipOff (Nov. 15-16 at Seattle) - David Downs, SPU; Patrick Simon, SPU; Mark McLaughlin, CWU.
POLLS: NABC (Pre-Season) - 7. Western Washington; 9. Seattle Pacific, 21. Alaska Anchorage.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK - 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. Honorable Mention - Travis Thompson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-1, 195, Jr., Anchorage, AK - Dimond); Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-6, 210 Jr., Fairbanks, AK - Hutchinson); Riley Carel, Saint Martin's (F, 6-2, Jr., Enumclaw, WA); Marwan Sarhan, Western Oregon (F, 6-8, Jr., Alexandria, Egypt - University of Charleston.
EIGHT EARN ALL-TOURNEY HONORS: Alaska Anchorage's Travis Thompson was named the MVP in the AT&T Alascom Invitational, scoring 53 points on 14 of 26 shooting, including nine of 19 treys. Joining him on the all-tournament team were teammates Kyle Fossman (43 points, 10-19 treys), Teancum Stafford (29 points, 18 rebounds) and Brian McGill (28 points, 17 to 2 assists-to-turnover ratio) and Alaska Fairbanks' Ronnie Baker (35 points) ... Joining McLaughlin on the all-tournament team at the SPU Sodexo Tipoff tournament was Seattle Pacific's David Downs (43 points, 14 assists) and Patrick Simon (38 points).
Alaska Anchorage: Including Sunday's non-tournament game against Holy Names, Travis Thompson averaged 26.3 points in three game, shooting 50.0 percent from the floor (23-46), 43.8 percent from the arc (14-32) and 90.5 percent from the foul line (19-21). Kyle Fossman had 59 points and Brian McGill contributed 54 points and 22 assists ... UAA, which extended its win streak to 16 games in the jamboree and improved its overall record in its tournament to 40-7, equaled a school record with just four turnovers in Sunday's game against Holy Names. They were just one off the GNAC single game record of three.
Alaska Fairbanks: Ronnie Baker scored 35 points and had eight rebounds and six assists and was an all-tournament selection at Anchorage. Joe Slocum chipped in with 25 points and Stefan Tica and Sergej Pucar each had 24 points. Kelly Andrew had 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Central Washington: In addition to McLaughlin (See Player of the Week), JB Pillard had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats to a 1-1 record at the Sodexo tournament. CWU got the split despite being outshot 51.2 to 47.8 and outrebounded 79-65.
MSU Billings: Kalob Hatcher and Jonathan Mesghna each scored 31 points as the Yellowjackets dropped a pair of games in South Dakota. Mesghna also had a team high 11 rebounds, while Hatcher led MSUB in assists (13) and steals (4).
Northwest Nazarene: Kevin Rima had a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in a 91-74 home win against Willamette, then added 20 points in a 78-64 exhibition loss at the University of Idaho. Michael Loomis had 16 points in NNU's victory.
Saint Martin's: Riley Carel scored 34 points, including a career-high 22 in a 86-79 loss at Cal Baptist. In two games, Carel shot 63.2 percent, making 12 of 19 from the floor. He also had 11 rebounds, four assists and a team-high six assists. Ryan Rogers and Evan Coulter chipped in with 27 and 24 points, respectively.
Seattle Pacific: David Downs and Cory Hutsen each scored 43 points and Patrick Simon had 38 as the Falcons split two home games. Downs scored a career-high 34 points in a 90-88 overtime loss to Dixie State after Simon tied a career-high with 30 points in Seattle Pacific's 94-78 win over Colorado Christian. Both players earned all-tournament honors. Hutsen, who had a career-high 24 against Dixie, made 16 of 27 shots, while Downs had 14 assists and was perfect from the foul line (15 of 15).
Simon Fraser: The Clan beat Notre Dame de Namur by seven to go 2-0 after defeating Vancouver Island. David Gebru paced SFU in the two contests with 36 points and 12 rebounds. Ibrahim Appiah had 14 rebounds. Simon Fraser shot 52.2 percent in its two contests (60 of 115). Sango Niang had 15 assists.
Western Oregon: The Wolves knocked off No. 7 Cal Poly Pomona, but then fell to Cal State Dominguez in the Azusa Pacific Invitational. CSUDH improved to 2-0 against GNAC teams as it previous beat Alaska Anchorage in the CCA Division II Tipoff Classic. Marwan Sarhan came off the bench to lead the Wolves with 31 points, making 17 of 18 foul shots to contribute to a 92.1 free throw percentage (35-38) by WOU. Rodney Webster had 24 points.
Western Washington: The Vikings extended their GNAC-and school record home win streak to 28 games with a 10-point win over Notre Dame de Namur as Richard Woodworth led the way with 18 points. Austin Bragg had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
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.
GNAC TEAM OF THE WEEK: Sept. 2-8 - Simon Fraser (football). Sept. 9-15 - Northwest Nazarene (volleyball). Sept. 16-22 - MSU Billings (men's cross country) and Simon Fraser (women's cross country). Sept. 23-29 - Western Oregon (football). Sept. 30-Oct. 6 - Seattle Pacific (men's soccer). Oct. 7-13 - Central Washington (women's soccer). Oct. 14-20 - Western Oregon (women's soccer). Oct. 21-27 - Alaska Anchorage (men's and women's cross country). Oct. 28-Nov. 3 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer). Nov. 4-10 - Seattle Pacific (women's soccer) and Alaska Anchorage (women's cross country). Nov. 11-17 - Western Washington (Volleyball).