Vikings open GNAC campaign at Simon Fraser on Saturday
Nov. 27, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Unbeaten in five contests this year and riding an 11-game winning streak over the last two seasons, the defending national champion Western Washington University men's basketball team travels to Simon Fraser University on Saturday (7:30 p.m.), Dec. 1, to open Great Northwest Athletic Conference play at Burnaby, B.C.
Live stats and video streaming can be found at wwuvikings.com.
The Vikings, ranked No.6 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, won the WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic title last week with victories over Concordia-St. Paul MN, 80-76, and Southwest Baptist MO, 88-68.
The two victories gave WWU a 14-game winning streak at the Randall Classic. The Vikings have won 20 of 22 games overall at the tournament, tying or winning the last seven championships and eight of 11 overall.
WWU guards John Allen, a senior, and Richard Woodworth, a junior, shared MVP honors at the CRTC. In the two games, Allen had 42 points and six assists and Woodworth had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds.
Allen leads five Vikings averaging double-figure points with 16.0 per game and has a team-best 21 assists. Senior forward Paul Jones is averaging 15.4 points on 66.0 percent (31-of-47) field-goal shooting.
Junior forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark CC, is averaging 11.4 points on 59.0 percent (23-of-39) shooting and a team-high 7.6 rebounds. Senior guard Rico Wilkins is averaging 11.2 points off the bench, and senior center Chris Mitchell is averaging 10.2 points and 7.0 rebounds.
WWU is outscoring its opponents, 89.0 to 69.8, shooting 53.2 percent (168-of-316) from the floor and holding the opposition to 29.1 percent (32-of-110) from 3-point range.
The Vikings made their season and home debut with a 100-44 win over Multnomah OR on Nov. 9. They then traveled to Hawaii and posted West Region victories over BYU Hawaii, 84-78, on Nov. 12, and Chaminade, 93-83, on Nov. 14.
WWU, which is the GNAC's defending regular season champion, was picked second in the league's preseason coaches poll. The Vikings got two first-place votes and No.1-ranked Seattle Pacific received eight in finishing with 97 points to WWU's 90.
Simon Fraser, which is in its first year as a full member of the NCAA, has won five of its first six games, opening the season with four victories. Four transfers pace the Clan, coached by James Blake (11-39, 3rd year).
Leading SFU is 6-1 junior guard Elijah Matthews, a transfer from Division II Pfeiffer, who is averaging 17.0 points on 62.2 percent (23-of-37) 3-point accuracy.
Three other transfers averaging double-figure points are 6-9 junior center David Gebru (14.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg) from Division I Western Illinois. 6-6 junior forward Anto Olah (14.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) an Australian from Yuba JC, and 6-4 junior guard Taylor Dunn (13.8 ppg) from Clackamas CC.
WWU holds a 46-23 series advantage, winning the last eight meetings.
THREE-DOT NOTES: The Vikings received one first-place vote in the NABC Preseason Top 25 ... WWU was picked 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 (7 p.m.) ... WWU tied for the GNAC title in 2002 and 2005, won it outright in 2009 and took the regular-season crown in 2012.
PRE-SEASON HONORS: John Allen was picked as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason 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.
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, ranked No.8 in the Associated Press Preseason Poll, on Oct. 27. 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.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (5-0) 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 coordinating scheduling, scouting 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).
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 WESTERN STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
Oct. 24 - Washington 88, WWU 78 at Seattle (Exhibition)
Aided by 17 points apiece from Allen and Mitchell, WWU stayed close until the final moments before falling to Washington, 88-78, in an exhibition at Alaska Airlines Arena on the UW campus. Guard C.J. Wilcox had a game-high 21 points and added seven rebounds for the Huskies, who pulled away after leading by just two, 74-72, with 4:30 to play. The Vikings trailed by nine, 46-37, at halftime, and by 13, 52-39, less than 90 seconds into the second half, but hit six of their first seven shots from the field after halftime and narrowed the margin to four, 55-51, on a Mitchell 3-pointer with 15:37 to play. WWU eventually tied the game at 65 on an Bragg jumper with 9:58 remaining, and had the game tied two more times after that. The Vikings had four different shots, all three-pointers, in the second half that would have put them in front, but none of them fell. Washington eventually took the lead for good, 71-69, on two Abdul Gaddy free throws with 6:44 remaining, but didn't pull away until going on a 12-3 run to take an 86-75 advantage with 1:15 to play. Jones had 15 points for WWU, which shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33) from the field in the second half. Bragg added eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds. Gaddy and guard Andrew Andrews each had 14 points for the Huskies, and guard Scott Suggs added 13 points. UW was 32-of-41 (85.2 percent) on free throws. WWU jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first 2:14, but the Huskies rallied to grab a 10-8 lead with 13:41 left in the first half and never trailed again, eventually leading by as much as 12 in the period.
Oct. 27 - Duke 105, WWU 87 at Durham, NC (Exhibition)
Despite 20 points from Jones, WWU fell to Duke, 105-87, in an exhibition at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium. Center Mason Plumlee tied for game-high honors with forward Ryan Kelly, each having 22 points for the Blue Devils, ranked No.8 in the AP NCAA I Pre-season Poll. Plumlee also had a game-high 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Rasheed Sulaimon scored 20 points, 15 in the first half. Allen had 17 points for the Vikings and Woodworth added 13. Wilkins had 12, all in the first half. The Blue Devils never trailed, and took the lead for good with 10 straight points that turned a 7-7 tie just over two minutes into the contest into a 17-7 lead 1:40 later. Suliamon had seven of Duke's first 17 points, and Kelly added six. WWU closed to within seven, at 39-32, with 6:24 left in the half, but after a Duke timeout, the Blue Devils ran off 13 consecutive points and the margin was and the margin was double digits the rest of the way. The Vikings shot just 37.2 percent (16-of-43) from the field in the first half, but found the range in the second half at 54.1 percent (20-of-37). Jones was key in that, scoring 16 points in the period on 8-of-10 shooting after being just 2-of-7 in the first half. Guard Quinn Cook and forward Amile Jefferson each had 13 points for Duke, which shot 57.6 percent (24-of-59) from the field, and made 31-of-40 free throws (77.5 percent).
Nov. 9 - WWU 100, Multnomah 44 at Bellingham
First-year head coach Tony Dominguez had a winning debut as WWU rolled over Multnomah,100-44, in its season and home opener at Carver Gym. The contest was an exhibition for Multnomah, which entered with a 1-4 record. The Vikings had five players score in double-figures, led by the game-high 18 points of Jones. Allen had 17, Wilkins14 and Bragg and and Severson 10 each. Allen also had eight assists. Forward David Walker led Multnomah with 14 points. WWU held the Lions to 30.2 percent (13-of-43) field-goal shooting and 20.0 percent (5-of-25) from 3-point range. The Vikings forced 21 turnovers and had a 45-16 rebound advantage. WWU shot 58.8 percent (40-of-68) from the floor and was 11-of -21 from beyond the arc with Wilkins hitting four 3-pointers and Allen three. WWU tallied the first 12 points of the game over a span of 4:28 with five different players scoring. The Vikings led 40-9 with 6:58 to go in the first half and had a 44-15 lead at halftime. Multnomah never got closer than 27, 44-17 with 18:38 remaining, and WWU's biggest lead was 57, 98-41, with 47 seconds left. The win was the 11th straight in home openers for the Vikings and it was their fifth consecutive season-opening victory.
Nov. 12 - WWU 84, BYU-Hawaii 78 at Laie, HI
Bragg and Jones combined for 38 points and 19 rebounds as WWU defeated BYU-Hawaii, 84-78, in a West Region match-up at the Cannon Activities Center on the BYUH campus. The Vikings improved to 2-0. The game was the season opener for BYUH. Bragg had 19 points, 15 in the second half, and 10 rebounds. Jones also finished with 19 points on 8-of-12 field-goal shooting and grabbed nine rebounds. WWU's Allen scored 17 points, 16 of them in the second period. Woodworth and reserve Wilkins each had 10, all of Wilkins' points coming in the first half. BYUH got a game-high 27 points from transfer center DeAndre Medlock. Bracken Funk had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Seasiders, and Okesene Ale contributed 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. WWU trailed by as many as 10 points, 33-23, with 5:42 left in the first period, but rallied with a 13-5 run for a 38-38 tie at halftime. Allen hit two 3-pointers and Bragg one in a 9-2 run that gave the Vikings a 57-49 lead six minutes into the second half. They led by as many as nine points on three occasions, the last at 68-59 with 8:18 to go. BYUH came back, three times getting as close as two, the last at 77-75 with 1:47 left. The only scoring after that came at the free-throw line with WWU hitting 7-of-8, four of them by Bragg, and BYUH 3-of-4.
Nov. 14 - WWU 93, Chaminade 83 at Honolulu, HI
WWU had five players score 15 or more points as it defeated Chaminade, 93-83, in a West Region contest at McCabe Gym on the CU campus. The Vikings stayed unbeaten at 3-0. The loss was the first in three games for Chaminade.The Vikings were led by Jones with 20 points. Mitchell and Bragg each had double-doubles in points and rebounds. Mitchell contributed 17 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds, and Bragg had 15 points, 13 in the second half, and 10 rebounds. WWU also got 17 points each off the bench from Wilkins and Severson. WWU shot well, hitting 52.4 percent from the field (33-of-63), 40.0 percent from 3-point range (8-of-20) and 76.0 percent at the free throw line (19-of-25). Leading Chaminade with 17 points apiece were Lee Bailey and Bennie Murray. The Silverswords hit just 40.0 percent (30-of-75) from the floor, including 26.7 percent (8-of-30) from beyond the arc and 48.4 percent (15-of-31) at the charity stripe. WWU went out to a 16-6 lead in the first 5:24 and held that same 10-point margin, 50-40, at halftime. Severson had 14 points in that period and Wilkins 13. The Vikings scored the first eight points of the second half for a 58-40 lead. They were still up by 18, 72-54, with 9:55 remaining. Chaminade went on a 17-5 run to narrow the margin to six, 77-71, at the 5:25 mark, and were still within six, 80-74, with 3:10 to go. WWU then scored eight of the next nine points to go in front by 13, 88-75, with 1:16 left and held a double-digit lead the rest of the way.
Nov. 23 - WWU 80, Concordia-St. Paul MN 76 at Bellingham (CRTC)
Severson scored the go-ahead points on two free throws with 37 seconds left, lifting WWU to an 80-76 victory over Concordia-St. Paul in first-day action at the 12th Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic being at Carver Gym. The No.6-ranked Vikings remained unbeaten at 4-0 and have won 10 straight games over the last two seasons. Allen led WWU with 20 points. Concordia-St. Paul fell to 0-2. Guard Terez Van Pelt led the Golden Bears with game-highs of 23 points and six assists. Isaiah Thomas added 19 points, 16 of them in the second half when he was 4-of-4 on 3-pointers. Van Pelt had tied the game at 74-74 on a pullup jumper with 53 seconds left, but Severson drove the lane at the other end and was fouled, then converted both free throws to give WWU a 76-74 lead. Rico Wilkins then stripped the ball from a driving Van Pelt at the other end, eventually leading to two Allen free throws with eight seconds left to put the game out of reach. The Vikings led by as much as 14 in the second half, but the Golden Bears chipped away at the margin, eventually using a 10-2 run to take a 72-70 lead on a post-up by Nick Mabbutt with 2:32 to play. Wilkins put WWU back in front with a 3-pointer, and Austin Bragg hit a free throw, giving the Vikings a 74-72 lead entering the final minute. Woodworth had 13 points and four assists for the Vikings. Severson and Bragg each added 11 points for WWU, and Mitchell had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Vikings had a 39-31 advantage on the boards. Concordia- St. Paul jumped to a 14-7 lead behind a trio of Olstad 3-pointers just over four minutes into the game, and held a 19-14 advantage with 10:47 left in the first half. But WWU responded, going on a 17-2 run with Severson scoring seven of the points, to take a 31-21 advantage with 6:19 remaining. The Vikings held a 44-33 lead at halftime.
Nov. 24 - WWU 88, Southwest Baptist MO, 88-68 at Bellingham (CRTC)
Tournament Co-MVP Allen scored 22 points on 9-of-13 field-goal shooting and added six assists as WWU defeated Southwest Baptist, 88-68, in the championship game of the 12th Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic at Carver Gym. The No.6-ranked Vikings remain unbeaten at 5-0 and have won 11 straight games over the last two seasons. WWU shot 61.1 percent (33-of-54) from the field, including 75.0 percent (18-of-24) in the second half. Southwest Baptist, which fell to 2-5, was led by Damion Hooks, who came off the bench to score 24 points on 10-of-12 field-goal shooting. Preston Guiot added 14 points and six assists. The Bearcats jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first 90 seconds, and led through much of the first 10 minutes. But the Vikings took the lead for good, 23-22, on an Allen layin with 9:27 left in the first half, and used a 9-2 burst late in the period to grab a 42-34 lead at halftime. SBU never got closer than eight in the second half, and the margin remained in double digits throughout the final 12 minutes, although it never exceeded 15 until the last 4:16. Co-MVP Woodworth had 16 points and six assists for WWU, which had five players reach double figures. Mitchell had 15 points, Jones added 13, and Wilkins had 10. It was the 16th straight win for the Vikings in the Randall Classic, which last took place in 2009, and they have won 21 of 24 tourney games overall, winning at least a share of the last eight championships and 10 of 12 overall.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Men's Basketball Report Week 3
Conference All W L W L H A N Western Washington 0 0 5 0 3-0 2-0 0-0 Alaska Anchorage 0 0 6 1 6-1 0-0 0-0 Simon Fraser 0 0 5 1 4-0 1-0 0-1 Seattle Pacific 0 0 5 1 2-0 2-0 1-1 Central Washington 0 0 3 1 0-0 1-0 2-1 Montana State Billings 0 0 4 2 1-1 1-1 2-0 Western Oregon 0 0 4 2 2-2 1-0 1-0 Northwest Nazarene 0 0 3 2 1-0 1-2 1-0 Saint Martin's 0 0 3 2 1-0 0-0 2-2 Alaska Fairbanks 0 0 4 3 3-0 0-0 1-3
LAST WEEK: Monday - Hawaii Hilo Invitational (MSU Billings 67, Western New Mexico 61). Tuesday - Hawaii Hilo Invitational (MSU Billings 54, Marysville 50); Northwest Christian 66 at Saint Martin's 74. Wednesday - UAA Great Alaska Shootout (Belmont 74, Alaska Anchorage 60); Hawaii Hilo Invitational (MSU Billings 67, Hawaii Hilo 61). Friday - UAA Great Alaska Shootout (Alaska Anchorage 66, UC Riverside 65); WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic (Southwest Baptist 91, Alaska Fairbanks 63; Western Washington 80, Concordia, Minn. 76); MSU Billings 92 at BYU-Hawaii 97; Grand Canyon Invitational (Grand Canyon 74, Northwest Nazarene 68); Chico State Mac Martin (San Francisco State 60, Seattle Pacific 55); Corban Capital City (Western Oregon 72, Carroll 67, ot); Notre Dame de Namur Classic (Fresno Pacific 84, Simon Fraser 64). Saturday - UAA Great Alaska Shootout (Alaska Anchorage 83, Loyola Marymount 77); WWU Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic (Concordia, Minn. 65, Alaska Fairbanks 60; Western Washington 88, Southwest Baptist 68); Grand Canyon Invitational (Northwest Nazarene 78, Academy of Art 70); Chico State Mac Martin (Seattle Pacific 79, Chico State 47); Corban Capital City (Western Oregon 74, Corban 61); Notre Dame de Namur Classic (Simon Fraser 75, Notre Dame de Namur 67).
THIS WEEK: Monday - Walla Walla at Central Washington. Thursday - MSU Billings at Alaska Anchorage; Seattle Pacific at Alaska Fairbanks; Central Washington at Saint Martin's; Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon. Saturday - Seattle Pacific at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Alaska Fairbanks, 3 p.m.; Central Washington at Western Oregon, 2 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin's; Western Washington at Simon Fraser, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 4) - College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, 7:07 p.m.
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).
POLLS: NABC (Nov. 27) - 6. Western Washington, 7. Seattle Pacific, 40. Alaska Anchorage, 41. Central Washington.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 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. Honorable Mention - John Allen, Western Washington; Jon Hawkins, Northwest Nazarene.
AROUND THE GNAC: All 10 GNAC teams will take winning records into the conference portion of the schedule that begins Thursday. GNAC teams are 42-15 so far this winter. That is a .736 winning percentage. Four of the GNAC's 10 teams received votes in last week's national poll and two - Western Washington (6th) and Seattle Pacific (7th) - were ranked in the Top 10. Alaska Anchorage (40th) and Central Washington (41st) were among "others receiving votes" ... In addition to Avgi, John Allen and Richard Woodworth won MVP honors, sharing the award in the WWU Chuck Randall Classic. Allen, who made 16 of 27 shots, scored 42 points and had six assists and Woodworth had 29 points (9-17 FGs, 4-7 three-pointers), 10 assists and eight rebounds in Western Washington's two victories.
Alaska Anchorage: Teancum Stafford and Kyle Fossman earned all-tournament honors as the Seawolves won two of three games to finish fourth in the Great Alaska Shootout matching its best ever finish in the tournament. It's the seventh time UAA has finished fourth in its tournament. Stafford had 40 points (15-30 FGs, 7-15 3FG), 13 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks. Fossman, who made eight of 17 treys, had 32 points. UAA made 15 of 27 treys in its win over Loyola Marymount overcoming a 39-28 rebounding deficit.
Alaska Fairbanks: The Nanooks were outshot .504 to .372 in losses at Bellingham to Southwest Baptist and Concordia - St. Paul. Ronnie Baker led UAF with 22 points. Pat Voeut had 19 points and nine assists. The Nanooks were outshot from the three-point arc .568 (21 of 37) to .283 (13 of 46).
Central Washington: The Wildcats took the week off after returning from Hawaii where they earned two wins last week. CWU opens its home schedule Monday against Walla Walla before beginning its conference season at Lacey and Monmouth this Thursday and Saturday.
Montana State Billings: Jarrell Crayton scored 70 points and also had 23 rebounds and seven steals as the Yellowjackets won three of four games in Hawaii. Crayton converted on 26 of 46 shots. David Arnold had 58 points and 13 assists. Kalob Hatcher had 22 assists, 17 points and 16 rebounds.
Northwest Nazarene: Jonathan Hawkins led the Crusaders with 31 points and also had nine rebounds, eight assists and five steals as they divided two games in a tournament at Grand Canyon. The Crusaders also got 27 points from Kevin Rima and 17 rebounds from Michal Kurimsky.
Saint Martin's: Roger O'Neill scored 19 points and Evan Coulter had 18 in the Saints' 74-66 home win over Northwest Christian. O'Neill made seven of 11 shots (3 of 4 from the arc) and Coulter converted on eight of 11, missing twice from the arc. Matt Dodson had eight rebounds.
Seattle Pacific: Jobi Wall and David Downs earned all-tournament honors at the Chico State Mac Martin Invitational. Wall scored 30 points (7-18 3FGs) and also had nine rebounds, while Downs scored 24 points and had eight assists. It was Downs' third all-tournament award in three weeks and Wall's second. SPU outscored 16th ranked Chico State 16-0 to start the game. The Falcons came into the tournament ranked seventh.
Simon Fraser: Elijah Matthews and David Gebru scored 34 and 33 points, respectively, as the Clan split two games to finish their pre-conference schedule with a 5-1 record. Matthews made eight of 13 three-pointers. Gebru led SFU with 17 rebounds.
Western Oregon: Joining Avgi, who ranks second in the conference in scoring (19.0 ppg) on the all-tournament team at the Capital City Classic (See Player of the Week) was Jordan Wiley who scored 29 points in the Wolves' two wins. Wiley made eight of 18 three-point shots. Rodney Webster had 20 points as WOU ran its win streak to four games.
Western Washington: Led by Allen and Woodworth, the Vikings ran their win streak to 11 games with victories over Concordia - St. Paul and Southwest Baptist. The Vikings, who shot 54.7 percent (64-117), are 5-0 after ending their 2012 season with six consecutive wins. Austin Bragg had 15 rebounds and Chris Mitchell had 14 as WWU outboarded its two opponents 71-53.
GNAC DRAWS A BLANK AGAINST D-1: GNAC teams were winless in nine exhibition games with Division I schools. Only two of the games were decided by single digits - Alaska Anchorage's four-point loss to Troy and Seattle Pacific's six-point loss at Idaho. Western Washington lost by just 10 at UW. GNAC teams were unbeaten in six other exhibition games. Exhibition Records (6-9): Montana State Billings 2-0, Western Oregon 1-0, Seattle Pacific 1-1, Northwest Nazarene 1-1, Saint Martin's 1-1, Central Washington 0-1, Alaska Anchorage 0-1, Simon Fraser 0-2, Western Washington 0-2.
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.
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).
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