No.7 WWU faces No.1 Metro State, Saturday at Carver Gym

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Nov. 27, 2013

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - With a school and conference record 30-game home court winning streak on the line, the nationally top 10-ranked Western Washington University men's basketball team faces No.1-rated Metro State University on Saturday, Nov. 30 (7:30 p.m.) at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.7 in the latest National Basketball Coaches of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, are off to a 3-0 start. Last week, they tied a school record by coming back from a 19-point second-half deficit to defeat BYU Hawaii, 80-74, and set a Great Northwest Athletic Conference single-game scoring record in a 138-85 victory over Quest BC. That was three points off the WWU standard of 141 set on Feb. 3, 1989 against Northwest (141-52).

Live stats and a video stream of the game can be found at wwuvikings.com. The contest also can be heard on KPUG Radio (1170 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten doing the broadcast.

Metro State (2-0) meets Saint Martin's (0-4) on Friday, Nov. 29 (2:30 p.m.) at Carver Gym.

WWU, which is playing its first eight games this season at home, is averaging 98.3 points per game this season. Guard Richard Woodworth leads the Vikings with a 20.7 scoring average. He had 22 in each game last week.

Center Austin Bragg is averaging 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, and has blocked a team-high 11 shots. Forward Joey Schreiber is averaging 13.7 points, scoring 14 in the second half against BYUH. Guard Robert Harris, Jr., is averaging 10.7 points, and forward Anye Turner is contributing 9.7 points and a team-high 9.7 rebounds.

Both WWU and Metro State lost to national champion Drury MO at the 2013 Elite Eight, the Vikings falling 107-97 in the semifinals and the Roadrunners losing 74-73 in the national title contest.

Metro State, which finished 32-3 last season, received 14 of 16 first-place votes in the latest national poll. The Roadrunners won three of four games, all exhibitions, at the National Invitational Tournament Season Tip-Off last week. They defeated Canisius NY, 83-69; host Elon NC, 75-74; and Fairleigh-Dickinson NJ, 87-76, while losing 66-63 to Rhode Island NY. MSU opened its season with a pair of wins at the Al Kaly Classic, defeating Texas A&M Kingsville, 73-44 on Nov. 15 and West Texas A&M, 65-50, on Nov. 16.

MSU is led by 5-9 senior guard Brandon Jefferson (19.0 ppg), who was the Al Kaly Classic MVP and picked the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Pre-season Player of the Year.

The Roadrunners' Mitch McCarron, a 6-3 junior guard from Brisbane, Australia, averaged 27.5 points and 10.1 rebounds in the four NIT games, and 6-9 junior center Nicholas Kay from Tamworth, Australia, is averaging 19.0 points and was a Al Kaly Classic all-tournament pick.

MSU is coached by Derrick Clark (4th year, 81-18), who was the Division II Bulletin National, NABC South Central Region and RMAC Coach of the Year last season.

MSU has played Saint Martin's just one other time, winning 75-66 in overtime at Lacey in 2002. WWU and the Roadrunners have not met previously.

Nov. 30 (Sat.)	METRO STATE @ (Carver Gym, 7:30 p.m.)
Dec. 5 (Thu.) 	WESTERN OREGON*# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)
Dec. 7 (Sat.)	SAINT MARTIN'S*# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)
Dec. 14 (Sat.) 	MULTNOMAH# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (Tue.)	THOMPSON RIVERS# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)

*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest @broadcast on KPUG Radion (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com #broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com

Saint Martin's is 0-4, all of the losses on the road. The Saints, under first-year coach Michael Ostlund, are paced by 6-4 junior forward Ryan Rogers (13.3 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 5-10 senior guard Evan Coulter (13.0 ppg) and 6-2 junior guard Riley Carel (11.7 ppg). Ostlund coached the last 10 years in the junior college ranks, five at Snow College and five at Salt Lake CC after being a Saints' assistant for five seasons. Ostlund was an all-Big Sky Conference player at Weber State.

THREE-DOT NOTES: The last time WWU came back from a 19-point deficit for a win prior to the BYU-Hawaii game was Feb. 4, 1989, in a 100-97 victory over Alaska Southeast ... The 138-point effort against Quest marked the eighth time in school history that the Vikings had reached 130 points, and the first since the 2008-09 season. The only higher-scoring contest for WWU was a 141-52 triumph over Northwest College during the 1988-89 campaign ... Bragg and Woodworth were pre-season GNAC all-conference picks ... WWU was 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 in either of the last two years, winning the national championship in 2012 and reaching the national semifinals in 2013.

AFTER 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 string of five that season. The only other team to win three consecutive West Region championships was UC Riverside from 1973 to 1975.

COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (2nd year, 34-3) 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 school history to win 20 games and the first in NCAA II history to win his first 24. Dominguez was a finalist for Clarence "Big House" Gaines National Coach of the Year honors and shared the GNAC Coach of the Year award. He was 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.

GNAC REGULAR-SEASON CHAMPS: The Vikings won the 2012-13 GNAC regular-season championship for the second straight year, finishing with a 17-1 record, the best in GNAC history. The GNAC title was the fifth overall for WWU, which also won conference titles in 2002, 2005 and 2009 when they weren't separated as to regular season and tournament.

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.

PROBABLE WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:

G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, ***Sr., Bellevue, WA/Newport
G Robert Harris, 5-10, Jr., TR, Kent, WA/Rainier Beach/
    Eastern Arizona CC/Idaho
C Austin Bragg, 6-9, *Sr., Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC
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 F Jeffrey Parker, 6-6, R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC G Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC G Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome G Mark Hopkins, 6-3, Jr., JC, San Antonio, TX/Randolph/Temple JC/ Schreiner F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur *letters

MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:

Nov. 15 - WWU 77, Notre Dame de Namur CA 67 at Bellingham

Woodworth led a balanced attack with 18 points and four assists as WWU defeated Notre Dame de Namur, 77-67, in its season opener at Carver Gym. The Vikings also got 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds from Bragg. Guard Simon Enciso led NDNU with 17 points, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 field-goal shooting in the second half. Micah Dunhour and Zach Ginter each added 11. WWU led by as much as 18 points and held a 63-46 advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Argonauts used an 11-2 run to narrow the margin to 65-57 with 6:19 to go. NDNU eventually pulled within six on two occasions, the last time at 73-67 on two Geoff Hartman free throws with 1:13 left, but got no closer. Schreiber opened his WWU career by scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 field-goal shooting, and another newcomer, Harris, Jr., a transfer from NCAA I Idaho, had 11points. WWU never trailed, and used a 12-3 run to close the first half and take a 44-27 lead at halftime.

Nov. 16 - WWU 80, BYU Hawaii 74 at Bellingham

Schreiber keyed a rally from a 19-point second-half deficit as WWU overcame BYU Hawaii, 80-74, at Carver Gym. Woodworth led five players in double figures with 22 points for the Vikings. BYUH fell to 1-1. Center DeAndre Medlock had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Seasiders, and guard Pablo Coro added 15 points and five assists. BYUH had a 63-44 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining, but the Vikings went on a 25-3 charge that ended with 20 straight points. Schreiber had 12 of the first 16 points in the 20-straight run, and Bragg capped the burst with a thunderous dunk that gave WWU a 69-66 lead with 4:15 remaining. The game was still tied at 72-72 with just over two minutes left, but Woodworth hit two free throws, and then Schreiber stole the inbound pass, leading to two Bragg free throws. Woodworth added two more free throws on the next possession, giving WWU a 78-72 advantage with 1:07 to play. Schreiber finished with 14 points, all in the second half. Turner had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Bragg and Harris, Jr. , each added 12. BYUH held a 45-33 lead at halftime behind Coro, who had all of his points in the first half, then left the contest early in the second half after appearing to take a knee to the ribs in a scramble for a loose ball. The Seasiders led by double digits in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 9-0 run to push the gap to 19.

Nov. 24 - WWU 138, Quest BC 85 at Bellingham

Woodworth led six WWU players in double-figure scoring with 22 points as the Vikings rolled to a 138-85 victory over Quest in a non-conference game at Carver Gym. The Vikings set a GNAC single-game scoring record and finished three short of the school mark. Quest, from Squamish, B.C., fell to 4-3 despite a game-high 34 points from Cartiea French-Toney, who also had nine assists, eight rebounds and 11 turnovers. Shedrick Nelson, a former WWU player, added 19 points for the Kermodes. Quest scored the first four points of the contest, but the Vikings took control from there, taking a 12-6 lead three minutes in on a 3-point play by Schreiber, who was making his first career start and finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 field-goal shooting. WWU shot 63.2 percent (24-of-38) from the field through the first 14 minutes, opening up a 60-26 lead. The Vikings had a 68-41 lead at halftime and extended the margin throughout the second half, their biggest margin being 55 points. Parker had 20 points off the bench for WWU. Bragg had 19 points and game highs of 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, Davis added 17 points, and Thorpe had 15. For the game, the Vikings shot 55.8 percent (53-of-95) from the field, and had a 58-34 advantage in rebounds. They hit 11-of-26 3-pointers with Parker and Thorpe each hitting 4-of-6.

Great Northwest Athletic Conference

2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 3 (Nov. 26, 2013)

GNAC Standings

                   Conference			All
                   W	L	W	L	    H	A	N
Western Washington 0	0	3	0	3-0	0-0	0-0
Seattle Pacific    0	0	6	1	1-1	0-0	5-0
Alaska Anchorage   0	0	5	1	3-0	0-0	2-1
Simon Fraser       0	0	5	1	4-0	1-1	0-0
Alaska Fairbanks   0	0	4	1	3-0	0-0	1-1
MSU Billings       0	0	3	3	3-1	0-2	0-0
Central Washington 0	0	2	2	1-1	0-0	1-1
Western Oregon     0	0	2	3	0-1	0-1	2-1
Northwest Nazarene 0	0	1	3	1-3	0-0	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: Tuesday - Douglas 76 at Simon Fraser 104; BYU-Hawaii 74 at Western Washington 80. Wednesday - Rocky Mountain 81 at MSU Billings 72. Thursday - Alaska Invitational (Alaska Fairbanks 84, Mary 57). Friday - MSU Northern 41 at MSU Billings 76; GCI Alaska Invitational (Alaska Fairbanks 67, Emporia State 58); CWU GNAC/PacWest Challenge (Seattle Pacific 86, BYU-Hawaii 73; Hawaii Pacific 71, Central Washington 64; NNU/College of Idaho Invitational (Western Montana 73 at Northwest Nazarene 65). Saturday - Alaska Invitational (Alaska Fairbanks 83, Fresno Pacific 72); Academy of Art 75 at Simon Fraser 78; CWU GNAC/PacWest Challenge (Seattle Pacific 73, Hawaii Pacific 57; Central Washington 100, BYU-Hawaii 93); Dixie State 78 at Western Oregon 74; NNU/College of Idaho Invitational UC-Colorado Springs 95, Northwest Nazarene 70). Sunday - Quest 85 at Western Washington 138.

THIS WEEK: Tuesday - Kwantlen at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m. Wednesday - Great Alaska Shootout (Texas Christian vs. Alaska Anchorage; 10 p.m.); WOU Capital City Classic (Willamette vs. Western Oregon, 7 p.m.). Friday - Great Alaska Shootout (Tulsa or Indiana State vs. Alaska Anchorage, noon or 5:30 p.m.); Saint Martin's vs. Metro State (at Bellingham), 2:30 p.m.; Chico Mac Martin Invitational (Seattle Pacific vs. San Francisco State, 5:30 p.m.); WOU Capital City Classic (Willamette vs. Corban, 4:15 p.m.); Cal Baptist Invitational (Alaska Fairbanks vs. Azusa Pacific, 5 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene vs. Cal Baptist, 7:30 p.m.). Saturday - Great Alaska Shootout (Pepperdine, Green Bay, Denver or Harvard vs. Alaska Anchorage; TBA); Metro State at Western Washington, 7:30 p.m.; Chico Mac Martin Invitational (Seattle Pacific vs. Chico State, 7:30 p.m.); WOU Capital City Classic (Corban vs. Western Oregon, 4:15 p.m.); Cal Baptist Invitational (Northwest Nazarene vs. Azusa Pacific, 5 p.m.; Alaska Fairbanks vs. Cal Baptist, 7:30 p.m.). Sunday - Walla Walla at Central Washington, 3 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) - 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.

POLLS: NABC (Nov. 19) - 7. Western Washington; 9. Seattle Pacific, 21. Alaska Anchorage.

GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 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).

HONORABLE MENTION: David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, 195, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian); Elijah Matthews, Simon Fraser (G, 6-1, Sr., Washington, DC - Pfeiffer); Austin Hudson, MSU Billings (F, 6-7, Jr., Salt Lake City, UT - Brighton); Kevin Davis, Central Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Federal Way, WA - Beamer); Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL - Ellsworth CC); Mirza Sabic, Western Oregon (G/F, 6-6, Sr., Surprise, OR - Kennesaw State); Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, Sr., Bellevue, WA - Newport).

DOWNS EARNS SECOND MVP AWARD: Seattle Pacific guard David Downs scored 34 points to earn MVP honors in the GNAC/PacWest Challenge at Ellensburg in leading the Falcons to two wins. In addition to his 34 points, Downs also had eight assists and three steals ... Its Downs' second MVP award of the season. He was also the MVP in the CCA Division II Tipoff Classic (Nov. 8-10 at Anaheim). Downs, who had 21 of his game-high 25 points in Saturday's 73-57 win against Hawaii Pacific, also earned all-tournament honors in the SPU Tipoff Nov. 15-16 at Brougham Pavilion.

ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS: Joining Downs on the all-tournament team at Ellensburg were SPU's Patrick Simon and Central Washington's Mark McLaughlin. Simon, who has made 18 straight free throws since missing his first attempt of the season, scored 30 points, despite going one of 12 from the arc, and had 10 rebounds. McLaughlin had 52 points, including 30 in a 100-93 overtime win over BYU-Hawaii. At one point in the extra session, McLaughlin, who now has two 30-point games this season, scored seven straight points. McLaughlin also led CWU with 13 assists and contributed 11 rebounds.

KELLY JOINS BAKER ON ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Andrew Kelly joined teammate Ronnie Baker (see Player of the Week) on the all-tournament team at the GCI Alaska Invitational. Kelly made 16 of 21 field goal attempts and had 40 points, a team-high 20-points and six assists as the Nanooks went 3-0 in their tournament.. Kelly also made eight of nine foul shots.

STREAKING: Seattle Pacific's Mitch Penner is perfect from the foul line this season (19 of 19) and has made 26 in a row dating back to a miss on Jan. 26 against Saint Martin's.

DEADLY FROM THE ARC: Downs has made 21 of 35 three-point shots so far this season. That's a 60.0 percentage, which would be equivalent, in points produced, to shooting 90 percent from inside the arc.

A RECORD POINT TOTAL: Western Washington scored a GNAC-record 138 points in its 138-85 home win Sunday against Quest. The previous record was 136 points by Northwest Nazarene against Multnomah Bible in Nov. 15, 2008. The Vikings extended their GNAC and school-record home win streak to 30 games with the victory.

TEAM NOTES

Alaska Anchorage: All four first-round games plus the semifinals, consolation finals and championship game of the Great Alaska Shootout will be televised this week by CBS Sports Network. That includes UAA's first-round game on Wednesday against Texas Christian at 10 p.m. (Alaska time).

Alaska Fairbanks: Baker, Sergej Pucar and Kelly combined for 143 of the Nanooks' 234 points in their three victories. UAF outshot its three opponents by a 48.8 to 41.9 percentage, including 41.3 (26-63) to 23.6 percent (13-55) from the three-point arc. Joe Slocum led the Nanooks with 16 assists and seven steals.

Central Washington: Kevin Davis netted 31 points and also had 22 rebounds and seven blocked shots as CWU split two games, Davis made 14 of 23 shots. Twelve of his 22 rebounds came off the offensive glass. Davis now ranks 13th in GNAC history in blocked shots and needs four more to become the 12th player to record 100 or more blocks.

MSU Billings: Austin Hudson led the Yellowjackets with 38 points and 20 rebounds and Connor Donaldson had 34 points in wins over NAIA members Rocky Mountain and MSU Northern. Kalob Hatcher had 16 assists as MSUB shot 48.6 percent from the floor.

Northwest Nazarene: Mario Donaldson had 37 points, including game-highs of 19 against Montana Western and 18 against Colorado - Colorado Springs. Donaldson shot 50 percent from thee floor (14-28). Kevin Rima had 28 points and a team-high 19 rebounds.

Saint Martin's: The Saints return to action Friday afternoon taking on Metro State in a neutral site game at Bellingham. SMU, which is 0-4, was idle last weekend.

Seattle Pacific: The Falcons rank first in the GNAC in field goal percentage (49.2 percent) and second in three-point percentage (38.6) and free throw percentage (80.9). Alaska Fairbanks is the leader in free throws (82.0) and Simon Fraser is the leader in three-pointers (44.4).

Simon Fraser: The Clan shot 51.2 percent (63-123) from the floor and 51.1 percent from the arc (24-47) in wins over Douglas and Academy of the Art. Elijah Matthews converted of 12 of 16 and Justin Cole made 12 of 18. Both players were seven of 10 from the arc. Matthews had 33 points and Cole had 31 in the two wins.

Western Oregon: Mirza Sabic paced the Wolves with 18 points in a four-point home loss to Dixie Stat. Sabic was seven of 12 from the floor and four of eight from the arc.

Western Washington: Richard Woodworth had 44 points as the Vikings earned home wins over BYU-Hawaii, rallying from a 19-point deficit, and Quest. Woodworth had 22 points in each game. Austin Bragg contributed 31 points on 13 of 22 shooting and blocked seven shots. Anye Turner led WWU with 24 rebounds and freshman Joey Schreiber had 29 points, including 14 second-half points against the Seasiders.

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.

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