Dec. 3, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Coming off the program's first victory over a nationally No.1-ranked opponent, the Western Washington University men's basketball team opens Great Northwest Athletic Conference play this week, playing host to Western Oregon University on Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saint Martin's University on Saturday (7 p.m.) at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings moved up two spots to No. 5 in this week's National Basketball Coaches of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and were named the GNAC Team of the Week after prevailing 72-69 over top ranked Metro State on Saturday, Nov. 30. The triumph extended WWU's school and conference record home court winning streak to 31.
The Vikings, undefeated in four games this season, have won the last two regular-season GNAC titles. They finished 17-1 in league play a year ago, the best record in conference history.
WWU is playing its first eight contests of the 2013-14 campaign at home. It won the national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013, posting back-to-back 31-win seasons.
Guard Richard Woodworth leads the Vikings with an 18.3 per game scoring average. He has four-year career totals of 885 points, 300 rebounds, 253 assists and 102 steals.
Center Austin Bragg earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for his effort of 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Metro State win. He is averaging 16.0 points and 9.5 rebounds, and has blocked a team-high 16 shots this season. That ties him for second (4.0 avg.) among national leaders.
WWU leads the nation with 38 blocked shots, an average of 9.5 per game.
Guard Robert Harris, Jr., a transfer from NCAA I Idaho, is averaging 10.8 points, and forward Anye Turner is contributing 10.0 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds.
Forward Joey Schreiber, who is averaging 11.0 points, is expected to complete the WWU starting lineup. He suffered an ankle sprain during the first half of the Metro State game.
Earlier this season, WWU tied a school record by coming back from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat BYU Hawaii, 80-74, and the Vikings set a GNAC 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).
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 KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com
Western Oregon: The Wolves, 4-3 overall, are the last team to defeat WWU at Carver Gym (83-73 on Jan. 7, 2012). They won their first tournament in four years last week with victories over Corban, 75-60, and Willamette, 88-77. WOU is led by 6-9 junior center Marwan Sarhan (13.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg., .596 FG Pct., 84.4 FT Pct.) from Alexandria, Egypt; a transfer who played 10 games at DII Charleston. Another standout newcomer for third-year coach Brady Bergeson (32-29) is 6-6 junior forward Adam Hastings (10.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, .673 FG Pct.), who earned NWAACC all-region honors at Linn-Benton CC. Two top returnees from last year's 10-16 team are 6-1 senior guard Rodney Webster (12.9 ppg) and 6-1 sophomore guard Devon Alexander (9.6 ppg, 3.4 apg, 2.0 spg). WWU holds a 39-14 series advantage.
Saint Martin's: The Saints, 0-5 overall (Dec. 5 at Simon Fraser), are led by 5-10 senior guard Evan Coulter (Mount Vernon, 13.2 ppg, .600 FG Pct., .867 FT Pct.). Two solid transfers for first-year coach Michael Ostlund are 6-4 senior forward Ryan Rogers (12.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg), a first-team NWAACC West Region all-star at Lower Columbia CC; and 6-2 junior guard Riley Carel (11.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) from Seattle Pacific. WWU has a 124-60 series advantage.
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 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 choice in either of the last two seasons, 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 five-year string 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, 35-3) 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 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. 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/
F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur
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.
Nov. 30 - WWU 72, Metro State 69 at Bellingham
Bragg had game-highs of 20 points and five blocked shots and added a team-high 13 rebounds as WWU defeated nationally top-ranked Metro State University, 72-69, in a battle between two NCAA II powers at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.7 nationally, improved to 4-0, extending their school and GNAC record home winning streak to 31 games. MSU, which received 14 of the 16 first-place votes in the most recent coaches poll and reached the national championship game last year, fell to 3-1 despite 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds by forward Nicholas Kay. The Vikings led by as much as 10 early in the second half but Metro State rallied, pulling to within three, 59-56, on two Kay free throws with 7:09 to play. The margin was still five inside the last 90 seconds, but a Jefferson 3-pointer from deep in the right corner closed the gap to two, 69-67, with 1:06 left. The Roadrunners then forced a turnover and had a chance to tie, but turned the ball over themselves on the fast break with 47 seconds left. WWU then ran the shot clock down and Bragg hit a driving layin with 11.8 seconds left. Jefferson answered with a 16-foot pull-up with 5.9 seconds to play, putting the margin back to two, 71-69. Harris, Jr., provided the final margin with a free throw that rattled six times before falling in, but missed the second shot. Metro State pushed the ball up the right side, and Jefferson's shot from 28 feet out banked off the backboard at the buzzer. Mitchell came off the bench to contribute 13 points for WWU. Harris, Woodworth and Turner each had 11 points, with Turner also getting eight rebounds. Harrison Goodrick came off the bench to contribute 15 points and seven rebounds on 7-of-8 field-goal shooting for Metro State, which had a 43-33 advantage in rebounding. Jefferson finished with 14 points and five assists. It was the first meeting between the two schools.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 3, 2013 - Poll #3)
Record Points Pvs
1. West Liberty, W.Va. 5-0 391 2
2. Bellarmine, Ky. 4-0 381 3
3. Drury Mo 5-0 360 4
4. Florida Southern 8-0 348 5
5. Western Washington 4-0 344 7
6. Metro State 3-1 321 1
7. Indiana,Pa. 6-0 289 10
8. Findlay, Ohio 3-0 278 8
9. Minnesota State 7-1 258 11
10. Dixie State, Utah 4-0 248 12
11. Southern Indiana 4-0 241 14
12. Montevallo, Ala. 5-0 210 16
13. Livingstone, N.C. 4-0 188 15
14. Tarleton State TX 6-0 184 17
15. Fort Hays State,KS 7-0 165 20
16. Seattle Pacific 7-2 131 9
17. East Stroudsburg 6-0 109 23
18. Arkansas-Fort Smith 6-0 107 25
19. Colorado Mines 4-0 98 24
20. Midwestern State TX 5-2 89 6
21. Bentley, Mass 7-0 88 NR
22. Washburn, Kan. 7-0 67 NR
23. Lincoln Memorial TN 5-1 62 13
24. Georgia Southwestern7-0 34 NR
25. Texas A&M-Commerce 8-0 27 NR
Dropped out: Fort Lewis (18), Alaska-Anchorage (19), Northeastern State (21), North Alabama (22).
Others receiving votes: Alaska-Anchorage 23, North Alabama 16, North Carolina-Pembroke 16, Indianapolis (Ind.) 15, St. Cloud State (Minn.) 15, Cal State-San Bernardino 14, Lake Superior State (Mich.) 14, South Carolina Aiken 10, Cal State-Stanislaus 6, Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 6, Delta State (Miss.) 6, Florida Tech 6, Franklin Pierce (N.H.) 6, Lewis (Ill.) 6, Northeastern State (Okla.) 6, Angelo State (Texas) 5, Valdosta State (Ga.) 4, Benedict (S.C.) 2, San Francisco State (Calif.) 2, California Baptist 1, Central Missouri 1, Fort Lewis (Colo.) 1, St. Mary's (Texas) 1.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 4 (Dec. 3, 2013)
W L W L H A N
Western Washington 0 0 4 0 4-0 0-0 0-0
Simon Fraser 0 0 6 1 5-0 1-1 0-0
Seattle Pacific 0 0 7 2 1-1 0-1 6-0
Central Washington 0 0 3 2 2-1 0-0 1-1
Alaska Fairbanks 0 0 4 3 3-0 0-1 1-2
Western Oregon 0 0 4 3 2-1 0-1 2-1
Alaska Anchorage 0 0 5 4 3-3 0-0 2-1
MSU Billings 0 0 3 3 3-1 0-2 0-0
Northwest Nazarene 0 0 1 5 1-3 0-1 0-1
Saint Martin's 0 0 0 5 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 - Kwantlen 62 at Simon Fraser 82. Wednesday - Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout (Texas Christian 73, Alaska Anchorage 70); WOU Capital City Classic (Western Oregon 88, Willamette 77). Friday - Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout (Indiana State 97, Alaska Anchorage 87); Metro State 94, Saint Martin's 77 (at Bellingham); Chico Mac Martin Invitational (Seattle Pacific 101, San Francisco State 96); Cal Baptist Invitational (Azusa Pacific 77, Alaska Fairbanks 68; Cal Baptist 76, Northwest Nazarene 56). Saturday - Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout (Denver 78, Alaska Anchorage 71); Metro State 69 at Western Washington 72; Chico Mac Martin Invitational (Chico State 73, Seattle Pacific 70); WOU Capital City Classic (Western Oregon 75, Corban 60); Cal Baptist Invitational (Azusa Pacific 71, Northwest Nazarene 55; Cal Baptist 70, Alaska Fairbanks 59); Sunday - Walla Walla 60 at Central Washington 82.
THIS WEEK: Thursday - Central Washington at MSU Billings; Northwest Nazarene at Seattle Pacific; Saint Martin's at Simon Fraser; Western Oregon at Western Washington. Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Seattle Pacific; Northwest Nazarene at MSU Billings; Saint Martin's at Western Washington; Western Oregon at Simon Fraser, 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 10) - College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, 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) - 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.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: 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.
HONORABLE MENTION: Rodney Webster, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Sr., Hanford, CA - Fresno City CC); Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-8, Sr., Ephrata, WA); Mario Donaldson, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Rockton, IL - Ellesworth CC); Kyle Fossman, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-0, Sr., Haines, AK); Jeff Budinich, Central Washington (F/C, 6-10, Sr., Maple Valley, WA - Montana State).
WOU'S WEBSTER WINS MVP AWARD: Rodney Webster of Western Oregon earned MVP honors in the Capital City Classic at Monmouth, scoring 31 points in wins over Willamette and Corban. Webster made 10 of 13 field goal attempts, including his only three-point attempts. He also converted on 10 of 13 free throws.
SARHAN JOINS WEBSTER ON ALL-TOURNEY: Joining Webster on the all-tournament team at WOU was teammate Marwan Sarhan who had team-highs of 33 points and 14 rebounds. Sarhan made 13 of 18 shots. Six of his rebounds came off the offensive glass as the Wolves outrebounded their two opponents 66-51.
SIMON, DOWNS ALL-TOURNEY AT CHICO: Patrick Simon and David Downs of Seattle Pacific were selected to the all-tournament team at the Chico State Mac Martin Invitational ... Simon scored 48 points, connecting on 11 of 17 three-pointers, as the Falcons split two contests. Downs received his fourth tournament award of the season, scoring 37 points and contributing 11 assists. He previously was MVP at the CCA Division II Tipoff Classic before earning all-tourney honors at the SPU Sodexo Tipoff Classic and at the CWU GNAC/PacWest Challenge.
THOMPSON SCORES 50 IN CARRS/SAFEWAY GREAT ALASKA SHOOTOUT: UAA's Travis Thompson made 10 of 22 three-point shots and scored 50 points to earn all-tournament honors in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Thompson, who netted 50 points, also converted on 10 of 10 foul shots. Earlier this season he had a streak of 19 in a row.
DEADLY FROM THE ARC: Seattle Pacific made 19 of 24 three-point shots in its 101-96 win against San Francisco State Friday. Its 19 treys equaled the fourth best total in GNAC history. Only Northwest Nazarene, which has had totals of 24, 22 and 20, has made more. The Falcons' 79.2 percentage was the third best in conference history and best among teams attempting at least 20 attempts. Simon made a GNAC-record tying 10, including his first seven attempts.
Alaska Anchorage: Kyle Fossman scored a team-high 51 points in the Seawolves' three games in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, matching Thompson's 10 of 22 performance from the three-point line. He was also perfect from the foul line (9 of 9). Teancum Stafford led UAA, which lost three games by an average margin of 6.7 points, in rebounds (19) and Brian McGill had a team-high 17 assists.
Alaska Fairbanks: Andrew Kelly scored 30 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in losses to Azusa Pacific and Cal Baptist in the Cal Baptist Invitational. Kelly made 11 of 15 shots. Joe Slocum had 26 points and a team-high eight assists. Ronnie Baker scored 25 points and had nine rebounds and a team-high four steals while connecting on four of seven three-pointers.
Central Washington: Jeff Budinich came off the bench to score 18 points and also had six rebounds and blocked two shots in the Wildcats' 82-60 home win over Walla Walla. All five CWU starters - forwards JB Pillard and Jalen Peake, center Kevin Davis and guards Joey Roppo and Joshua Lord - scored exactly 10 points in the contest.
MSU Billings: The Yellowjackets open conference play hosting Central Washington Thursday and Northwest Nazarene Saturday after taking the Thanksgiving Week off.
Northwest Nazarene: Mario Davidson had 28 points and 11 rebounds and Michael Loomis contributed 24 points as the Crusaders dropped two games in a tournament at Cal Baptist. NNU shot just 37.1 percent and was outrebounded 80-61 in the two contests.
Saint Martin's: The Saints made 13 of 28 three-pointers, but were outshot 35-8 from the foul line and had 11 more turnovers (20-9) in a 94-77 loss to top-ranked Metro State Friday in a neutral site game at Bellingham. Evan Coulter led five Saints in double figures with 14 points. Tyler Copp converted on four of five treys.
Seattle Pacific: Seattle Pacific's Mitch Penner missed his first foul shot of the season Friday as his streak dating back to Jan. 26 ended at 28. Penner finished the tournament with 27 points, while Corey Hutsen had 25 as they combined with Simon and Downs for a total of 137 of SPU's 171 points. Riley Stockton led SPU with 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Simon Fraser: Simon Fraser ran its win streak to five games - all at home - with a 82-62 win over Kwantlen. Justin Cole had 15 points and David Gebru had 12. The Clan outrebounded Kwantlen 47-35 and had 10 fewer turnovers (19-9). Cole also had five steals.
Western Oregon: Led by Sarhan and Webster, Western Oregon shot 53.4 percent (55-103) as a team in the Capital City Classic winning its fourth tournament title in the past four years. Sarhan, who had a team-high 14 rebounds, made 13 of 18 shots (72.2 percent). Webster converted on 10 of 13 (76.9). Adams Hasting shot 66.7 percent (10-15) in scoring 22 points.
Western Washington: Bragg was one of five players in double figures as the Vikings earned their first-ever win against a No. 1 nationally ranked team with Saturday's home win against Metro State. Also in double figures were Colby Mitchell with 13 points and Anye Turner, Richard Woodworth and Robert Harris with 11 points each.
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).
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). Nov. 18-24 - Simon Fraser (men's soccer) and Western Washington (women's soccer). Nov. 25-Dec. 1 - Western Washington (men's basketball).