7-0 WWU faces tough competition at South Point Holiday Hoops Classic
Dec. 11, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Facing its toughest competition of the young season, the unbeaten and defending national champion Western Washington University men's basketball team travels to Las Vegas for the 2012 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic on Dec. 18-19 at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, who played host to the event for the last six years when it was known as the Great Western Shootout, meet Drury University MO on Tuesday (5 p.m.), Dec. 18, and University of Central Oklahoma on Wednesday (5 p.m.), Dec. 19.
A video stream and live stats can be found at www.wwuvikings.com. The games also will be broadcast live on KPUG Radio (AM 1170, www.kpug1170.com) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten providing the broadcast.
The Vikings, No.6 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll for the fourth straight week, have not lost in seven games this season. Their 13-game winning streak over the last two campaigns is the fourth longest in school history.
WWU is ranked among the top six nationally in five team categories. The Vikings are No.2 in rebound margin (14.7), No.3 in field-goal percentage (54.0), No.4 in both scoring offense (93.6) and scoring margin (25.4) and No.6 in 3-point percentage (44.0).
In its last outing on Saturday, Dec. 8, WWU walked over Quest University BC, 117-52, as senior guard John Allen became the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points with a game-high 24. The 117 points and 65-point margin of victory were both the most since the 2008-09 campaign.
Allen reached the 1,000-point mark on an eight-foot pull-up 4:32 into the game, becoming just the fifth Viking who did not play four seasons at WWU to reach the standard. He currently has 1,021, which puts him 21st in school history.
Allen paces five Vikings averaging double-figure points and ranks fourth among Great Northwest Athletic Conference leaders at 17.6 per game and has a team-high 27 assists (3.9 avg.).
Senior forward Paul Jones, who had a double-double against Quest with 15 points and 14 rebounds, is averaging 15.4 points and 6.7 rebounds with a team-high 11 steals and ranks second among GNAC leaders in field-goal accuracy at 64.1 percent (41-of-64).
Jones also leads the league in 3-point percentage at 81.8 (9-of-11), while being fifth in free-throw percentage at 89.5 (17-of-19), seventh in scoring and ninth in steals.
Junior forward Austin Bragg, a transfer from Clark CC, is averaging 11.3 points on 57.6 percent (34-of-59) floor accuracy and a team-high 7.0 rebounds.
WWU leads the GNAC in scoring margin, outscoring its opponents, 93.6 to 68.1, field-goal percentage, free-throw accuracy (76.0) and rebound margin.
The Vikings are holding opponents to 30.6 percent (41-of-134) from 3-point range.
Drury, ranked No.19 nationally, is off to a 6-0 start (Dec. 15 at Wayne State MI), just the third time it has done that since becoming a NCAA II member in 1994-95.
Leading Drury is 6-foot-2 senior guard Alex Hall, who is averaging 21.0 points while shooting 56.8 percent (25-of-44) from 3-point range, 61.4 percent (43-of-70) from the floor overall and 100.0 percent at the free-throw line (15-of-15). In an 88-52 win over Missouri S&T, Hall set a school record with nine 3-point makes (10 attempts) while scoring 33 points.
Other top players for Drury are 6-5 sophomore forward Cameron Adams (12.5ppg, 6.3 rpg, 63.6 FG Pct.), 6-1 senior guard Brandon Lockhart (10.5 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4.2), 6-7 senior forward Teddy Simniok (10.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and 6-6 junior center Ian Carter (8.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Coach Steve Hesser (9th year, 170-71) has directed Drury to five national tournament appearances. WWU and the Panthers have not met previously.
Central Oklahoma is 2-6, with its six losses sandwiched between the two wins.
Top players for the Bronchos are 6-6 senior center Spencer Smith (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg), 6-5 junior forward Josh Gibbs (12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg), 6-0 redshirt freshman guard Seth Heckart (11.2 ppg) and 6-0 senior guard Jamell Cormieer (9.9 ppg, 3.5 apg).
Coach Terry Evans (11th year, 210-96) has directed UCO to seven national tournament appearances.
WWU holds a 1-0 series edge over the Panthers, winning 105-80 during the 1999-2000 campaign.
ALLEN 1,000 AND BEYOND: Senior guard John Allen became the 23rd Viking to reach the 1,000 plateau in career scoring, and just the fifth who did not play four seasons at WWU to accomplish that feat, on Dec. 8 vs. Quest BC. Allen currently ranks 21st at 1,021, and needs 11 points to climb to 18th (1,032).
STREAKS: The Vikings are working on a 13-game winning streak over the last two seasons. The string is the fourth longest in school history with the others being 23, Feb. 20, 1971 to Feb. 15, 1972; 15 (Nov. 25, 2005 to Jan. 26, 2006) and 14 (Jan. 25, 2001 to March 21, 2001) ... WWU also has won 14 straight home games (4-0 this season) and the school standard is 20 (1970-72) ... The Vikings unbeaten start of 7-0 is the fifth-best in school history. They were 21-0 in 1971-72, 9-0 in 1967-68 and 1987-88; and 8-0 in 2004-05.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Jones has had two straight double-doubles in points and rebounds and has made his last 17 straight free throws ... The Vikings received one first-place vote in the NABC Preseason Top 25 while being picked No.6 ... WWU was tabbed 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, which is the GNAC's defending regular season champion, was picked second behind Seattle Pacific in the league's preseason coaches poll. 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 preseason Great Northwest Athletic Conference 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.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (7-0) 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).
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.
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 WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, **Jr., Bellevue, WA/Newport G John Allen, 6-1, **Sr., Brier, WA/Mountlake Terrace/WSU C Chris Mitchell, 6-9, ***Sr., Everson, WA/Nooksack Valley F Austin Bragg, 6-9, Jr., JC, Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC F Paul Jones, 6-4, *Sr., Kent, WA/Kent-Meridian/Whatcom CC
LAST WEEK'S GAME SUMMARY:
Dec. 8 - WWU 117, Quest BC 52 at Bellingham
Allen became the 23rd player in WWU history to reach the 1,000-point mark in route to a game-high 24 points, leading the nationally ranked Vikings to a 117-52 triumph over Quest BC, in a non-conference game at Carver Gym. The Vikings, ranked No.6 nationally, remain unbeaten at 7-0 and have won 13 straight games over the last two seasons. The 117 points and the 65-point margin of victory were both the most since the 2008-09 season. Quest fell to 4-6. Guard Jose Colorado, the leading scorer among Canadian small colleges at 27.8 points per game, led the Kermodes with 12 points. The Vikings trailed only at 2-0 and 4-2. After missing 8 of their first 12 shots from the field, they hit their next seven to open up a 23-6 lead a little over seven minutes into the game. The margin extended to 35-10 with 7:43 left in the first half and WWU held a 54-24 advantage at halftime. Jones had 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Vikings, who shot 59.3 percent (48-of-81) from the field and had a 56-25 advantage on the boards. Bragg had 14 points for WWU. Thorpe had 13 points on 5-of-7 field-goal shooting, and Wilkins added 12 on four 3-pointers. Allen reached the 1,000-point mark on an eight-foot pull-up 4:32 into the game, becoming just the fifth Viking who did not play four seasons at WWU to reach the mark. He finished the day with 1,021 career points, which puts him 21st in school history. WWU is now 4-0 at home this season and has a 14-game home winning streak.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The top seven spots went unchanged and only one new team broke into the top 10 this week in the latest NABC/Division II men's basketball rankings, which again finds West Liberty at the top of the rankings for the fourth straight week.
The Hilltoppers posted two wins in conference play to up its record to 8-0 on the season and received 12 of the 16 first place votes in the process. The next four teams - Washburn, Metropolitan State, Alabama-Huntsville and Bellarmine -- each got a first place votes as well, while No. 6 Western Washington and No. 7 Southern Indiana held their positions in the poll.
The first change came at No. 8, where unbeaten Cal Poly Pomona jumped over last week's eighth-ranked team, Seattle Pacific. The last team in the top 10 is 8-0 Northwest Missouri State, who is in the top 10 for the first time since the first poll of the 2007-08 season.
St. Cloud State leads the second ten in this week's poll, followed by Franklin Pierce, Kentucky Wesleyan, Indianapolis and Augusta State. Barton dropped out of the top 10 following its loss at Shaw last Monday and landed at No.16, with Assumption and Indiana (Pa.) taking the next two spots. Drury vaulted into the top 25 for the first time this season as it checks in at No. 19 and Lincoln Memorial dropped nine spots to 20th after its overtime loss at Virginia-Wise over the weekend.
The final five teams this week are led by Minnesota State and Tampa, who makes its return to the rankings for the first time in nearly two seasons. Winston-Salem State, Findlay and Alaska-Anchorage complete this week's top 25.
NABC/Division II Coaches Poll (Dec. 11, 2012 - Regular season poll #4)
1. West Liberty, W.Va. (12 first place votes) 8-0 393 1 2. Washburn, Kan. (1 first place vote) 7-0 377 2 3. Metropolitan State, Colo. (1 first place vote) 7-0 361 3 4. Alabama-Huntsville (1 first place vote) 7-1 344 4 5. Bellarmine, Ky. (1 first place vote) 6-0 340 5 6. Western Washington 7-0 333 6 7. Southern Indiana 5-0 296 7 8. Cal Poly Pomona 7-0 285 9 9. Seattle Pacific, Wash. 8-1 276 8 10. Northwest Missouri State 8-0 247 12 11. St. Cloud State, Minn. 6-0 233 14 12. Franklin Pierce, N.H. 7-1 201 15 13. Kentucky Wesleyan 5-0 194 16 14. Indianapolis, Ind. 7-0 187 17 15. Augusta State, Ga. 5-0 160 21 16. Barton, N.C. 7-1 134 10 17. Assumption, Mass. 8-0 119 24 18. Indiana, Pa. 6-1 114 22 19. Drury, Mo. 6-0 109 NR 20. Lincoln Memorial, Tenn. 6-1 91 11 21. Minnesota State 6-1 54 20 22. Tampa, Fla. 6-0 51 NR 23. Winston-Salem State, N.C. 6-2 40 NR 24. Findlay, Ohio 5-2 36 13 25. Alaska-Anchorage 7-2 32 NRDropped out: Winona State (18), Christian Brothers (19), North Alabama (23), West Texas A&M (25).
Others receiving votes: King (Tenn.) 29, Newman (Kan.) 27, Winona State (Minn.) 19, Florida Southern 16, Colorado Mesa 15, Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 14, Adams State (Colo.) 11, Augustana (S.D.) 11, Wayne State (Mich.) 9, West Texas A&M 7, Cal State-San Bernardino 6, Maryville (Mo.) 6, Anderson (S.C.) 5, Michigan Tech 4, Post (Conn.) 4, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) 3, Massachusetts-Lowell 2, North Alabama 2, Colorado School of Mines 2, Grand Canyon (Ariz.) 1, Shepherd (W.Va.) 1.
Records are through games of Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
Great Northwest Athletic Conference
2012-13 Men's Basketball Report Week 5 (Dec. 11, 2012)
Conference All W L W L H A N Seattle Pacific 2 0 8 1 3-0 4-0 1-1 Western Oregon 2 0 6 3 4-2 1-1 1-0 Western Washington 1 0 7 0 4-0 3-0 0-0 Alaska Anchorage 1 1 7 2 7-2 0-0 0-0 Central Washington 1 1 5 2 1-0 2-1 2-1 Northwest Nazarene 1 1 6 3 3-0 2-3 1-0 Alaska Fairbanks 1 1 5 4 4-1 0-0 1-3 Simon Fraser 0 1 5 2 4-1 1-0 0-1 Montana State Billings 0 2 5 4 2-1 1-3 2-0 Saint Martin's 0 2 4 4 1-2 1-0 2-2
LAST WEEK: Tuesday - College of Idaho 66 at Northwest Nazarene 76. Friday - South Dakota Mines 73 at MSU Billings 87; New Hope Christian 53 at Northwest Nazarene 73; Saint Martin's 75 at Willamette 61. Saturday - Alumni 93 at MSU Billings 102; Evergreen State 45 at Seattle Pacific 80; Western Oregon 57 at Utah State 86; Quest 52 at Western Washington 117.
THIS WEEK: Tuesday - Evergreen State at Central Washington. Wednesday - Shorter at Western Oregon. Friday - MSU Billings at Grand Canyon, 7:30 p.m. Saturday - Northwest Indian at Alaska Anchorage. Sunday - Northwest Indian at Alaska Anchorage (exh).
NEXT WEEK: Monday - Multnomah at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; Rocky Mountain at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Warner Pacific at Seattle Pacific; Simon Fraser at Dominican. Tuesday - Multnomah at Alaska Fairbanks, 7:30 p.m.; Great Western Shootout (Western Washington vs. Drury, 5 p.m.; Central Washington vs. Central Oklahoma, 7 p.m.; Saint Mary's vs. West Florida, 9 p.m.); Lynn Classic (Lynn vs. Saint Martin's, 7:30 p.m.). Wednesday - Great Western Shootout (Western Washington vs. Central Oklahoma, 5 p.m.; Saint Mary's vs. Drury, 7 p.m.; Central Washington vs. West Florida, 9 p.m.); Montana Western at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Lynn Classic (Barry vs. Saint Martin's, 5:30 p.m.); Simon Fraser at Academy of Art.
POST-CHRISTMAS: Saturday, Dec. 29 - Carroll at Montana State Billings; Montana Tech at Northwest Nazarene. Sunday, Dec. 30 - Thompson River at Western Washington, 3 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 (Dec. 11) - 6. Western Washington,9. Seattle Pacific, 25. Alaska Anchorage.
NATIONAL STATISTICS (Through Dec. 9): Team (Top 30): Scoring - 3. Central Washington 95.0; 4. Western Washington 93.6. Scoring Defense - 7. Seattle Pacific 57.3. Scoring Margin - 4. Western Washington 25.4; 18. Seattle Pacific 17.3. Field Goal PCT. - 3. Western Washington 54.0; 22. Seattle Pacific 49.6; 27. Simon Fraser 49.4. Three-Point Field Goals - 18. Seattle Pacific 9.3; 29. Alaska Anchorage 8.9. Three-Point Percentage - 5. Seattle Pacific 44.2; 6. Western Washington 44.0; 29. Saint Martin's 41.0. Three-Point Field Goal Defense - 15. Western Oregon 27.1. Free Throw PCT. - 20. Western Washington 76.0; 21. Central Washington 75.9. Rebound Margin - 2. Western Washington 14.7; 9. Seattle Pacific 11.8. Assists - 11. Seattle Pacific 19.2; 16. Alaska Anchorage 18.9; 25. Western Washington 17.9; 29. Alaska Fairbanks 17.4. Assist Turnover Ratio - 8. Seattle Pacific 1.49; 21. Alaska Anchorage 1.32; 26. Western Washington 1.29. Blocked Shots - 26. Alaska Anchorage 4.6. Fewest Turnovers - 28. Saint Martin's 12.3. Turnover Margin - 12. MSU Billings 6.4. Fewest Fouls - 30. Saint Martin's 15.8. Individuals (Top 30): Scoring - 4. Mark McLaughlin, CWU, 25.6; 24. Andy Avgi, WOU, 21.0; 30. David Gebru, SFU, 20.8. Field Goal PCT. - 17. Paul Jones, WWU, 64.1; 24. Andy Avgi, WOU, 62.5. Three-Point Field Goals - 20. Elijah Matthews, SFU, 3.20; 30. Jordan Wiley, WOU, 3.00. Three-Point PCT. - 9. Elijah Matthews, SFU, 53.3; 12. Kyle Fossman, UAA, 52.2. Free Throw PCT. - 2. Jonathan Hawkins, NNU, 97.0; 18. Dominique Brinson, UAF, 92.6. Blocked Shots - 26. David Gebru, SFU, 2.00. Steals - 19. Matt Raivio, SFU, 3.00; 22. Devon Alexander, WOU, 2.89. Assist/Turnover Ratio - 10. Brady Bomber, SMU, 3.90; 15. Riley Stockton, SPU, 3.67; 18, Kalob Hatcher, MSUB, 3.58.
GNAC RED LION PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA) scored 43 points in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. Jones had 27 against the Coyotes, making nine of 16 shots as NNU extended its win streak over its county rivals to seven. He then netted 16 points and had four steals in a 20-point win over New Hope Christian. Honorable Mention John Allen, Western Washington; Jarrell Crayton, MSU Billings.
FROM THE RECORD BOOK: Alaska Anchorage guard Kyle Fossman ranks second in GNAC history in career three-point percentage (47.9) and Western Washington's John Allen ranks second in career free throw percentage (.896). Allen and Seattle Pacific center Andy Poling became the 51st and 52nd players to score 1,000 career points in wins Saturday against Quest and Evergreen State, respectively. Allen currently ranks 51st with 1,021 points, while Poling ranks 52nd on the GNAC career list with 1,010 points. WWU's win was the Vikings' 13th in a row, matching the fifth longest winning streak in conference history.
All-Time Double Digit Win Streaks
18 Alaska Anchorage (12-7-07 to 2-14-08) 15 Seattle Pacific (11-17-01 to 1-19-02) 15 Western Washington (11-25-05 to 1-25-06) 14 Humboldt State (11-16-01 to 1-12-02) 13 Western Washington (3-9-12 to Current) 13 Humboldt State (11-23-02 to 1-16-03) 12 Alaska Fairbanks (1-31-04 to 3-13-04) 12 Western Washington (11-1-09 to 1-2-10) 12 Alaska Anchorage (11-26-10 to 1-13-11) 11 Saint Martin's (11-15-08 to 12-18-08) 11 Central Washington (1-1-11 to 2-12-11) 10 Central Washington (2-2-08 to 3-8-08) 10 Western Washington (1-31-02 to 11-22-02) 10 Humboldt State (1-19-02 to 2-23-02) 10 Western Washington (1-12-12 to 2-16-12) 10 Alaska Anchorage (11-26-11 to 1-5-12)
Alaska Anchorage: The Seawolves finish off the 2012 portion of their schedule with a pair of games Saturday and Sunday with Northwest Indian College. Sunday's game is being played as an exhibition.
Alaska Fairbanks: Multnomah visits The Patty Center for a pair of games next Monday and Tuesday as the Nanooks conclude their 2012 schedule.
Central Washington: The Wildcats host Evergreen State Tuesday, then head to Las Vegas next week to compete in the Great Western Shootout against Central Oklahoma and West Florida.
Montana State Billings: Jarrell Crayton led the Yellowjackets with 19 points, nine rebounds and three steals in a 87-73 win over South Dakota Mines. Crayton had six of MSUB's 11 offensive rebounds.
Northwest Nazarene: Kenny Jones made 13 of 25 field goal attempts and 14 of 15 free throws in wins over College of Idaho and New Hope Christian. He also had seven rebounds, six assists and five steals. Jonathan Hawkins made 10 of 10 foul shots. He's made 32 of 33 on the season (including his last 13) and ranks second nationally with a 97.0 percentage.
Saint Martin's: Roger O'Neill scored 18 points and Lucas Shannon came off the bench to score 16 points, converting on seven of eight shots in a 75-61 win at Willamette.
Seattle Pacific: David Downs scored 14 points to lead four players in double figures as the Falcons beat Evergreen State 80-45. SPU had 24 assists on its 28 baskets. They also outrebounded TESC 42-26 and had eight fewer turnovers (17-9).
Simon Fraser: The Clan travels to California next week for games Monday and Wednesday at Dominican and at the Academy of the Art to close out the 2012 portion of their schedule.
Western Oregon: The Wolves finish off their 2012 schedule Wednesday hosting Shorter before taking a 24-day break. Last week, WOU had its six-game win streak snapped by Utah State 86-57. Andy Avgi led the Wolves in that contest with 15 points.
Western Washington: John Allen, who is the GNAC active career scoring leader in points, three-pointers made and steals, scored 24 points in a 117-52 thrashing of Quest. Paul Jones had a double-double in the contest, scoring 15 points and grabbing 14 rebounds.
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.
Week of Nov. 19-25: 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.
Week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2: Devon Alexander, Western Oregon (G, 6-1, Fr., Fontana, CA) came off the bench to score 48 points, including 28 in a 118-113 triple overtime win over Central Washington Saturday as the Wolves extended their win streak to six games with a pair of home victories. Alexander scored nine of WOU's 13 points in the decisive third overtime period. He also had 13 steals, including a GNAC-record tying eight (for conference contests) in a 92-84 win against Northwest Nazarene Thursday. In the two contests, Alexander made 16 of 29 shots, including four of six three-pointers. He also converted on 12 of 13 foul shots, grabbed eight rebounds and had four assists.
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