Dec. 10, 2013
NABC Top 25 Poll
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Looking to go unbeaten through a season-opening, eight-game home stand, the nationally ranked Western Washington University men's basketball team entertains Multnomah University on Saturday (7 p.m.) and Thompson Rivers University on Tuesday, Dec. 17 (7 p.m.), at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings, who remained No. 5 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, then compete at the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada, meeting Cal State San Bernardino on Dec. 21 (3 p.m.) and No.11 Tarleton State on Dec. 22 (3 p.m.). Following that, they begin the New Year by returning to Great Northwest Athletic Conference action with a trip to Alaska.
WWU, off to a 6-0 start, opened GNAC play last week, edging Western Oregon, 67-66, and defeating Saint Martin's, 87-75. Those victories put the Vikings' school-record home court winning streak at 33 and their conference home victory string at 18.
WWU's biggest win during its opening home stretch was 72-69 over nationally No.1-ranked Metro State on Nov. 30.
The Vikings lead the nation in blocked shots per game at 7.7 and are third in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 22.7.
The Vikings are led by two seniors, center Austin Bragg and guard Richard Woodworth, both pre-season all-GNAC selections.
Bragg ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots, averaging 3.5 per game. He leads the GNAC in rebounds at 9.7 and is scoring at a 16.5 clip on 58.3 percent (35-of-60) field-goal accuracy.
Bragg has scored double figures in all six games and has three double-doubles in points and rebounds. He earned GNAC Player of the Week honors for Nov. 24-30 with 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Metro State victory.
Woodworth, whose two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining decided the Western Oregon game, is averaging 15.7 points and 4.2 assists. He is shooting 88.0 percent at the free-throw line (22-of-25) and his four-year career totals stand at 906 points, 307 rebounds, 264 assists and 104 steals.
WWU redshirt freshman Joey Schreiber is averaging 11.3 points, and junior guard Robert Harris, Jr., a transfer from NCAA I Idaho, is averaging 11.0. Harris scored 23 points, 14 in the second half, against Western Oregon.
Junior forward Anye Turner played just two minutes last week after suffering a sprained ankle early in the Western Oregon contest. Expected to return to action against Multnomah, he is averaging 8.0 points on 62.5 field-goal shooting (15-of-24) and 7.4 rebounds.
Dec. 14 (Sat.) MULTNOMAH OR# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)
Dec. 17 (Tue.) THOMPSON RIVERS BC# (Carver Gym, 7 p.m.)
SOUTH POINT HOLIDAY HOOPS CLASSIC
Dec. 21 (Sat.) vs. Cal State San Bernardino (Las Vegas, NV - 3 p.m.)
Dec. 22 (Sun.) vs. Tarleton State (Las Vegas, NV - 3 p.m.)
Jan. 2 (Thu.) at Alaska Anchorage* (Anchorage, AK - 7 p.m.)
Jan. 4 (Sat.) at Alaska Fairbanks* (Fairbanks, AK - 3 p.m.)
*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest
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MULTNOMAH: The Lions (Dec. 12 host North Adelaide) from Portland, Ore., 5-7, are averaging 108.8 points per game. Five players are scoring double figures for coach Curt Bickley (11th year), led by second-team all-region 6-3 senior center David Walker, who is averaging 22.8 points on 72.6 percent field-goal shooting. Averaging 19.4 points is 6-1 sophomore guard Steven Sansome and 6-3 junior forward Kristoff Thande is coming off the bench to score at a 16.1 clip. Completing the starting lineup are 6-1 senior guard Steve Bustrin (10.7 ppg, 9.8 apg), who earned honorable mention NCCAA All-America honors two years ago; 6-2 senior forward Erik Mendoza (10.6 ppg, 3.2 spg) and 6-4 sophomore forward Jordan Paris (5.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg). WWU has not lost to the Lions in four previous meetings, winning 100-44 last season, 125-54 in 2008-09, 125-70 in 2007-08 and 89-47 in 2006-07.
THOMPSON RIVERS: The Wolfpack from Kamloops, B.C., are 13-5 overall and 6-4 in Canada West play. Leading coach Scott Clark's (4th year) squad is 6-2 third-year guard Ta'Quan Zimmerman, who is averaging 19.1 points on 54.2 percent field-goal shooting. Also averaging double-figure scoring are two more third-year players, 6-10 center Josh Wolfram (12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg) and 6-7 forward Will Ondrik (10.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg).Completing the starting five are 6-0 third-year guard Reese Pribilsky (7.0 ppg, 4.6 apg) and 6-8 fourth-year forward Tallon Milne (6.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg). WWU won the only previous meeting with TRU, 98-62, last season.
THREE-DOT NOTES: WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 after prevailing 72-69 over top-ranked Metro State... The Vikings tied a school record by coming back from a 19-point, second-half deficit to beat BYU Hawaii, 80-74, and they 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).
UNPARELLED SUCCESS: WWU won the NCAA II national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013, posting back-to-back 31-win seasons. The Vikings have captured the last two regular-season GNAC titles, winning 33 of 36 conference games during that span. Last season, they won their first 24 games overall and finished 17-1 in league play, the best record in GNAC history.
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.
PRE-SEASON ACCOLADES: 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, but went on to win the national championship in 2012 and reach the national semifinals in 2013.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (2nd year, 37-3) 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.
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 Jr., 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
F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur
G Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC
G Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome
C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC
G Mark Hopkins, 6-3, Jr., JC, San Antonio, TX/Randolph/Temple JC/
MOST RECENT GAME SUMMARIES:
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. 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.
Dec. 5 - WWU 67, Western Oregon 66 at Bellingham
Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining, lifting WWU to a 67-66 triumph over Western Oregon in the GNAC opener for both schools at Carver Gym. The Vikings improved to 5-0. Harris, Jr., had a game-high 23 points for WWU on 9-of-14 field-goal shooting. WOU slipped to 4-4. Forward Andy Avgi, playing for the first time since the Wolves' season-opener, came off the bench to score 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds. WWU seemed to have the game under control, holding a 59-49 lead with 5:29 to play. But WOU scored the next seven points to close the margin to three, 59-56, with 2:31 left, and eventually pulled to within one, 61-60, on a Rodney Webster layup with 1:24 to go. Each team scored on its next two possessions, but WWU missed two free throws with 19.9 seconds left, and Avgi converted a putback with 6.0 seconds to go to give WOU a 66-65 advantage. The Vikings then went without a timeout, and Woodworth was fouled trying to elevate through two defenders. After Woodworth's free throws, the Wolves threw long to Avgi, who caught the ball just inside the foul line and missed a 13-foot bank shot at the buzzer. Woodworth, who played just four minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, finished with 12 points. Bragg had 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, and Mitchell added 11 points off the bench. The Vikings played most of the night without Turner, who left with an ankle injury just 1:40 into the game and did not return. Adam Hastings had 13 points on 6-of-8 floor accuracy for WOU. Webster and Marwan Sarhan each added 10 points for the Wolves, who had a 41-38 advantage in rebounds but were just 14-of-29 (48.3 percent) on free throws. WOU held a 26-23 lead at halftime and had a 33-32 advantage with just over 16 minutes remaining, but the Vikings went on a 10-1 run, with Schreiber scoring the last five points, to take a 42-34 lead with 13:53 left.
Dec. 7 - WWU 87, Saint Martin's 75 at Bellingham
Bragg had a team-high 24 points, and freshman forwards Parker and Schreiber combined for 37 points on 8-of-14 3-point shooting as WWU defeated Saint Martin's, 87-75, in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. The Vikings improved to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in GNAC play. Parker came off the bench to score 20 points and grab a game-high eight rebounds and Schreiber had 17 points. SMU fell to 1-6 overall and 1-1 in the GNAC. Forward Ryan Rogers led the Saints with a game-high 25 points despite playing just 26 minutes before fouling out. Guard Evan Coulter added 14 points and seven assists. The Vikings trailed by one, 13-12, eight minutes into the contest, but then exploded with a 28-9 run in the next six minutes to take the biggest lead of the game, 40-22, with 5:52 left in the first half. Parker was 5-of-5 with two 3-pointers in the charge, and Bragg added nine points. WWU, which shot 60.7 percent (17-of-28) from the field in the first half, had a 47-37 lead at halftime. SMU hit five of its first six shots in second half, and narrowed the margin to three twice early in the period, but the Vikings reasserted control and the gap remained in double digits throughout the last 10 minutes. Bragg, who hit his first seven shots from the field, finished 8-of-11, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, and also added five rebounds, four assists and three blocked shots. Mitchell had 10 points, and Woodworth contributed nine points and eight assists.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2013-14 Men's Basketball Report Week 5 (Dec. 10, 2013)
W L W L H A N
Western Washington 2 0 6 0 6-0 0-0 0-0
Seattle Pacific 2 0 9 2 3-1 0-1 6-0
Alaska Anchorage 1 0 6 4 4-3 0-0 2-1
Western Oregon 1 1 5 4 2-1 1-2 2-1
MSU Billings 1 1 4 4 4-2 0-2 0-0
Northwest Nazarene 1 1 2 6 1-3 1-2 0-1
Saint Martin's 1 1 1 6 0-0 1-3 0-2
Alaska Fairbanks 0 1 4 4 3-0 0-2 1-2
Simon Fraser 0 2 6 3 5-2 1-1 0-0
Central Washington 0 2 3 4 2-1 0-2 1-1
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: Thursday - Central Washington 67 at MSU Billings 82; Northwest Nazarene 54 at Seattle Pacific 73; Saint Martin's 78 at Simon Fraser 62; Western Oregon 66 at Western Washington 67. Saturday - Alaska Fairbanks 76 at Alaska Anchorage 96; Central Washington 67 at Seattle Pacific 80; Northwest Nazarene 63 at MSU Billings 61; Saint Martin's 75 at Western Washington 87; Western Oregon 87 at Simon Fraser 83.
THIS WEEK: Tuesday - College of Idaho at Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m.
Saturday - Alumni at MSU Billings, 2 p.m. (exh); Multnomah at Western Washington, 7 p.m.; Saint Martin's at Pacific Lutheran, 8 p.m.; Capilano at Western Oregon, 2 p.m. Sunday - Saint Martin's at Montana, 7 p.m. (exh).
THE REST OF DECEMBER: 16 - Northland International at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Quest at Central Washington, 7:30 p.m. 17 - Northland International at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Thompson Rivers at Western Washington, 7 p.m.; Northwest Christian at Seattle Pacific, 7 p.m. 18 - Dixie State Classic (Academy of Art vs. MSU Billings, 3:30 p.m.); Northwest Christian at Saint Martin's, 7 p.m.; Northwest Indian at Western Oregon, 7 p.m. 19 - Dixie State Classic (Dixie State vs. MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.); Northland International at Alaska Fairbanks, 6 p.m.; Capilano at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m. 20 - South Dakota Mines at Saint Martin's, 7:30 p.m. 21 - Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic (Central Washington vs. Tarleton State, 11 a.m.; Cal State San Bernardino vs. Western Washington, 3 p.m.; Montana State Billings at Long Beach State, noon; Walla Walla at Seattle Pacific, 5 p.m.; South Dakota Mines at Western Oregon, 4:15 p.m. 22 - Las Vegas South Point Holiday Hoops Classic (Central Washington vs. West Florida, 11 a.m.; Tarleton State vs. Western Washington, 3 p.m.). 28 - Walla Walla at Northwest Nazarene, 7 p.m.
NCAA NATIONAL STATISTICS (Top 30; Through Dec. 8): Team: Field Goal PCT. - 25. Seattle Pacific 51.1. Three-Pointers - 4. Alaska Anchorage 11.6; 18. Simon Fraser 10.0. Three-Point PCT. - 19. Seattle Pacific 42.2. Three-Point PCT. Defense - 3. Western Washington 22.7. Free Throw PCT. - 8. Alaska Anchorage 79.2; 20. Alaska Fairbanks 76.9. Assist/TO Ratio - 7. Alaska Anchorage 1.84; 14. Seattle Pacific 1.64; 17. Alaska Fairbanks 1.60; 20. MSU Billings 1.56. Blocked Shots - 1. Western Washington 7.7. Fewest Turnovers - 5. Seattle Pacific 8.7; 6. Alaska Anchorage 9.0; 13. MSU Billings 9.8; 21. Alaska Fairbanks 10.3. Turnover Margin - 23. Alaska Fairbanks 4.5. Fewest Fouls - 11. Seattle Pacific 15.8; 16. Alaska Fairbanks and Northwest Nazarene 16.3. Individuals: Scoring - 3. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 26.5. Field Goal PCT. - 16. JB Pillard, CWU, 66.7; 27. Andrew Kelly, UAF, 65.6. Three-Point FGs - 15. Kyle Fossman, UAA, and Travis Thompson, UAA, 3.7. Three-Point PCT. - 10. David Downs, SPU, 55.2. Free Throw PCT.. - 29. Travis Thompson, UAA, 92.2. Assists - 11. Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 6.6; 18. Brian McGill, UAA, 6.2. Blocked Shots - 5. Austin Bragg, WWU, 3.5.
DOUBLE DOUBLES (Through Dec. 8): 3 - Austin Bragg, WWU. 2 - Kevin Davis, CWU; Austin Hudson, MSUB; Kevin Rima, NNU. 1 - Eight with.
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.
POLLS: NABC (Dec. 10) - 5. Western Washington; 14. Seattle Pacific, 26. Alaska Anchorage.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Brian McGill, Alaska Anchorage (G, 6-2, So., Clackamas, OR) scored 29 points and also had 10 assists to lead the Seawolves to a 96-76 win over Alaska Fairbanks Saturday at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. McGill, a transfer from Western Oregon, made eight of 12 shots, including two of two three-pointers. He also converted on 11 of 12 foul shots. On the season, McGill ranks fifth in the GNAC in scoring (17.2) and second in assists (6.2).
HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Bragg, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA - Mark Morris & Clark CC); David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Bellevue Christian); Ryan Rogers, Saint Martin's (F, 6-4, 215, Jr., Auburn, WA - Lower Columbia); Michael Loomis, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-6, Fr., Tualatin, OR - Horizon Christian); Taylor Dunn, Simon Fraser (G, 6-4, Sr., Vancouver, WA - Clackamas CC); Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-6, So., Woodburn, OR); Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA - Inglemoor & Tacoma CC).
OTHER NOTABLE PERFORMANCES: Derek Isaak, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Fr., Coulee City, WA); Evan Coulter, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Mount Vernon, WA - Whatcom CC); JB Pillard, Central Washington (6-6, Sr., Kirkland, WA - Juanita & Whatcom CC).
MILESTONES: Seattle Pacific coach Ryan Looney recorded his 100th and 101st career wins with the Falcons with Thursday's 73-54 victory against Northwest Nazarene and Saturday's 80-67 win against Central Washington. Looney, who has lost 30, is the fourth SPU coach to reach 100 and accomplished it in the fewest number of games. Including five seasons at Eastern Oregon, Looney now has a career record of 196-85.
MOST POINTS, 10 ASSISTS: McGill's 29 points equaled the fifth highest in GNAC history in which the player also recorded at least 10 assists. Emmanuel Jenkins of Alaska Fairbanks scored 37 points and also had 12 assists in a game against Montana State Billings on Jan. 17, 2009 to set the record for the most points in a point/assist double-double.
Alaska Anchorage: In addition to McGill's 29-point effort (See Player of the Week), Travis Thompson scored 20 points and Teancum Stafford had 12 rebounds to lead the Seawolves to a 96-76 win over Alaska Fairbanks extending their win streak in their series with the Nanooks to 16 games.
Alaska Fairbanks: Ronnie Baker scored 21 points and Andrew Kelly had 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Nanook's road loss at Anchorage. Joe Slocum had 11 points and seven assists.
Central Washington: Mark McLaughlin scored 47 points and also had 12 rebounds and five assists in road losses at MSU Billings (82-67) and Seattle Pacific (80-67). The Wildcats were also led by JB Pillard who had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Pillard converted on 12 of 16 shots.
MSU Billings: Jonathan Mesghna had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Austin Hudson chipped in with 22 points and 13 rebounds as the Yellowjackets split two home games. Kalob Hatcher had 16 assists, including seven in an 82-67 win over Central Washington and nine in a two-point loss to Northwest Nazarene.
Northwest Nazarene: Michael Loomis scored 33 points as the Crusaders split two road games. Loomis made 11 of 23 shots from the floor, five of 15 from the arc. He was perfect from the foul line, making all six of his attempts. Derek Isaak scored 25 points, all but four from beyond the arc where he made seven of 12 attempts.
Saint Martin's: Ryan Rogers scored 42 points and also had 14 rebounds and three steals as the Saints split two games, getting their first win of the season Thursday at Simon Fraser (78-62). Evan Coulter added 35 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Coulter made 11 of 17 shots, including three of four three-pointers.
Seattle Pacific: David Downs scored 33 points and Patrick Simon had 28 points and 16 rebounds in double-digit wins over Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington. Downs made 11 of 19 shots, including five of 10 treys, while Simon made 10 of 21, converting on seven of 15 three-pointers. Downs was hampered by an ankle injury Saturday, but still scored 26 points in 24 minutes against the Wildcats.
Simon Fraser: Taylor Dunn netted 44 points in a pair of losses, including 25 in Saturday's game at Western Oregon. Dunn made 18 of 33 shots, six of 10 from the three-point line. Justin Cole added 31 points, making six of 13 three-pointers.
Western Oregon: Andy Avgi scored 33 points and Rodney Webster added 32 as the Wolves split two games, nearly ending Western Washington's long home win streak before losing 67-66 and then defeating Simon Fraser 87-83. Avgi made 13 of 22 shots and also had 12 rebounds. Webster converted on 12 of 24 field goal attempts. Marwan Sarhan chipped in with 30 points.
Western Washington: Austin Bragg scored 35 points and also had 20 rebounds, five assists and five blocks as the Vikings extended their home win streak to 33 games with victories over Western Oregon and Saint Martin's. Richard Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds left in Thursday's 67-66 victory over the Wolves.
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).
Week of Nov. 25-Dec.1: 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.