THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Thur., Feb. 15 — 6:30 pm AST — Carver Gymnasium — Bellingham, Wash.
Alaska Anchorage (12-12, 8-8 GNAC)
at Western Washington (18-6, 13-3 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 15 — 6:30 pm AST — SFU West Gymnasium — Burnaby, B.C.
Alaska Anchorage at Simon Fraser (9-15, 3-13 GNAC [2/15 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: Both games free at GNAC.tv
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UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Drew Peterson, 6-3, Sr. (5.5 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, .349 3FG, .886 FT)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (11.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg, .463 FG, .759 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, .315 3FG, .782 FT)
F—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (8.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, .681 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (6.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .509 FG, .750 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Western Washington has bounced back from a 3-game losing skid to record three straight double-digit victories ... currently battling for the No. 2 seed and the accompanying quarterfinal bye in the GNAC Tournament, the Vikings are led by Daulton Hommes (18.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 bpg, .554 FG, .446 3FG, .885 FT) and Trey Drechsel (15.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg, .879 FT) ... Simon Fraser has lost five straight and 10 of its last 11 as it prepares to host Alaska Fairbanks on Thursday ... the Clan are led by Kedar Salam (19.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg, .400 3FG, .748 FT) and JJ Pankratz (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, .419 FG, .623 FT).
ALL-TIME vs WWU: WWU leads 20-16
In Bellingham: WWU leads 10-6
Last Meeting: WWU 70-61 (1/20/18 at UAA)
Streak: WWU 1
Notes: Teams have split the last 10 meetings, including a 91-84 WWU win last year in Bellingham ... the last six games have been decided by nine points or fewer ... WWU leads 18-15 in GNAC regular-season games (since 2001-02) ... first and only non-GNAC meeting was an 89-77 UAA home win, Jan. 20, 2000, when both schools were in the Pac West.
ALL-TIME vs SFU: UAA leads 18-0
In Burnaby: UAA leads 8-0
Last Meeting: UAA 53-46 (1/18/18 at UAA)
Notes: UAA has won all 15 meetings since SFU joined the GNAC in 2010-11, posting 11 double-digit victories ... UAA won 77-47 last year in Burnaby ... teams met twice in UAA’s first year of Div. II membership in 1977-78, with UAA winning twice at home … teams also met when SFU was a provisional NCAA member in 1999-00 and both teams were in the Pac West Conference.
LAST TIME VS SFU, WWU: The Seawolves snapped a 4-game losing streak with a 53-46 home victory over Simon Fraser on Jan. 28 at the Alaska Airlines Center, before falling to then-GNAC leader Western Washington, 70-61, on Jan. 20 ... in the first contest, Sr. G D.J. Ursery had 9 points and matched his career highs with 12 rebounds and 2 blocks, while Jr. G Malik Clements managed 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals ... the Seawolves also got 9 points and 2 blocks from Jr. F Josiah Wood and 6 points, 6 rebounds and a career-high 3 assists from Jr. C Brian Pearson as their 10 blocks were one shy of the school record and their most in 17 years of GNAC play ... on Saturday, the Seawolves pushed the No. 21-ranked Vikings until the final 8 minutes but could not overcome big disadvantages in FG% and rebounding, despite a game-high 16 points (8-10 FT) from Ursery ... Fr. G Kylan Osborne delivered his first double-digit scoring effort with 10 points (3-4 3FG), Wood had 11 points, 3 assists and 2 steals, and Fr. G Brennan Rymer had 6 assists and no turnovers as UAA’s five team turnovers were just two off the school record.
DEFENSE REIGNS IN HOME FINALES: The Seawolves surged back into GNAC Tournament playoff position and closed their regular-season home campaign on a high note with victories over Northwest Nazarene (59-48) and Central Washington (70-54) at the Alaska Airlines Center last week ... in the first game, Sr. G Drew Peterson scored 13 points (3-6 3FG), Jr. G/F Josiah Wood had 9 points and 7 assists, and Jr. C Brian Pearson notched 10 points and 7 rebounds to split the season series and pulled even with NNU and Alaska Fairbanks for sixth place in the league standings ... the Nighthawks shot just 31.5 percent as they were held 33 points below their scoring average and 16 points below their previous season-low output ... on Saturday, Wood scored a career-high 19 points (6-10 FG, 4-5 3FG, 3-3 FT) and Jr. G Malik Clements tallied 13 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to help snap the Wildcats’ 6-game winning streak ... Peterson tallied seven points and a career-high 6 assists, while fellow senior D.J. Ursery had 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals ... Fr. G Kylan Osborne finished with 9 points – one shy of his personal best – and Pearson had 8 points (3-6 FG) as UAA avenged an OT loss at CWU ... defensively, UAA held CWU 2nd-leading scorer Jawan Stepney scoreless on 0-of-8 shooting, while leading scorer Khalil Shabazz managed only eight points on 2-of-12 shooting ... CWU’s offensive output was 27 points below its season average and 8 points lower than its previous worst this year.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 5th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense (moving up seven spots from last week), allowing just 63.6 points per game ... UAA ranks 2nd in the league in FT% (.736), assist/turnover ratio (1.3, 37th nationally), FG% defense (.423) and 3FG% defense (.337); the Seawolves’ 11.5 turnovers per game also rank 37th nationally ... the Jan. 4 loss to Saint Martin’s snapped UAA’s 12-game GNAC home winning streak ... this year’s team is aiming for the program’s 13th straight winning season and the 35th in 41 years ... the Seawolves have earned seven straight winning GNAC records and qualified to the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011.
D.J. ON THE SPOT: With Sr. F Jacob Lampkin sidelined, Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery is UAA’s leading active scorer (11.4 ppg) and rebounder (5.9 rpg, 12th in GNAC), as well as the team’s top steals man (1.0 spg, 18th in GNAC) ... prior to his UAA season-high 23 points in the loss to Seattle Pacific, the L.A. native posted bests of 22 points and 12 rebounds at Concordia-Portland, 4 assists against Santa Clara, and 3 steals against UAF ... a 6.0 ppg scorer in 71 career contests with the Tigers, Ursery was one of just two non-returning GNAC players to make the Preseason All-GNAC Team.
MORE TO HOWL ABOUT: Jr. C Brian Pearson has stepped up his game in since the start of the GNAC campaign, averaging 8.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 16 league contests, with shooting number of .536 FG and .774 FT ... Pearson crushed his previous career highs with his 16-point, 8-rebound effort at Western Oregon on Dec 17, and he set or tied his career bests in all five major stats categories (19 pts, 10 rebs, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals) in the OT setback at Northwest Nazarene ... Jr. G Malik Clements has scored at least 8 points in 10 of the last 12 games, including a career-high 19 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-5 FT) at NNU and 18 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3FG) in the win at SPU ... the North Dakota State transfer is 2nd in the GNAC with a 2.4-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, and he owns a pair of games with double-digit rebounds, including his first double-double with 13 points/12 boards in the win over CWU ... after averaging just 2.8 ppg through the first eight games, Sr. G Drew Peterson has finally gotten healthy and hit his stride of late, leading the Seawolves in scoring in three of the past five games ... the San Diego native paces UAA with an. 886 FT% and he has been one of the league’s hottest long-range shooters recently, canning 20 of 40 3FG attempts since Jan. 11.
LAMPKIN, HAYNES OUT: Head coach Rusty Osborne announced Jan. 16 that the Seawolves will be without a pair of key players for the rest of the season, losing Sr. F Jacob Lampkin to a mid-December injury and Sr. G Maleke Haynes to academic ineligibility ... with seven double-doubles in 10 games, Sr. F Jacob Lampkin had shown why he was a Preseason All-GNAC selection and All-America candidate before his bad break ... at the time of his injury, the one-year transfer from Div. I University of the Pacific, Lampkin was 3rd in NCAA Div. II in double-doubles, along with top-50 ranks in rebounding (28th, 9.7 rpg), defensive rebounding (36th, 7.0 drpg) and FG% (44th, .606) ... in the GNAC stats, the Bellevue, Wash., native ranked among the top 20 in rebounding (9.7 rpg), scoring (15.1 ppg), blocks (1.2 bpg) and FG% (.606) ... Lampkin made the all-tournament teams at both the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, where he posted 22 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and no turnovers in UAA’s 78-73 overtime win over Santa Clara ... meanwhile, fellow Pacific transfer Haynes had started all 12 contests prior to the holidays, averaging 6.9 points and ranking among the league leaders with 3.9 assists per game.
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (262-150) has led the Seawolves to 12 straight winning seasons, along with five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2008 NCAA D-II Semifinals … the longest tenured coach in program history and currently with the second-longest tenure in the GNAC, he became the first UAA basketball coach to reach 200 career victories when the Seawolves beat Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 10, 2015 … Osborne captured his first career GNAC and NABC West District coach-of-the-year awards in 2008 after becoming the second coach to lead UAA to three consecutive NCAA berths (2006-08), and in 2011-12 his Seawolves posted a 24-10 record to equal the 2nd-most victories in program history; Osborne’s 2007-08 club holds that record with a 29-6 mark … before taking over the head job in 2004-05, the Texas native previously served 13 seasons (1991-04) as a UAA assistant, including 11 years as the top assistant … the Seawolves have won over 60 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and eight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament ... Osborne is assisted Ryan Orton (4th season), former Seawolf guard Jesse Brown (2nd season) and volunteer assistant Daniel Vernon (1st season).
THE FINAL SHOOTOUT RECAP: UAA earned 6th place in the 8-team, all-Div. I GCI Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 22-25 – the 40th and final edition of one of college basketball’s most prestigious tournaments ... despite a rough opener in a 59-39 loss to CSU Bakersfield, the Seawolves bounced back for a dramatic 78-73 overtime win over Santa Clara in the consolation semifinals ... Sr. PG Maleke Haynes had 22 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 4-6 FT) – including the game-tying three-pointer at the regulation buzzer – and 3 assists, and Sr. F Jacob Lampkin tallied 22 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as UAA outrebounded the Broncos 32-25 and committed a season-low 11 turnovers ... UAA got solid efforts from its other three starters in the victory, with Jr. F Josiah Wood tallying 11 points and a career-high 5 assists ... in the 120th and final Seawolf game in Shootout history, UAA fought hard before falling to mid-major power College of Charleston, 55-46 ... Lampkin had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks against the Cougars and earned a spot on the all-tournament team, while Jr. G Malik Clements had his best efforts as a Seawolf with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
SEAWOLVES IN THE SHOOTOUT: The Seawolves – the only Division II team and the only school to appear in every GCI Great Alaska Shootout – finished with a 39-81 all-time mark in the tournament, including 17-31 since 2002 … the Seawolves won at least one game in 33 of 40 Shootouts.
UAA VS. D-I: Division II UAA owns a 56-141 all-time record against Division I opponents (not counting exhibitions) after completing last week’s 3-game gauntlet with a 1-2 mark … the Seawolves’ biggest upset came during the 1988-89 campaign when they beat then-No. 2 and undefeated Michigan, 70-66, at the Utah Seiko Classic; the Wolverines went on to win the NCAA title that year ... including discretionary exhibition wins in the Shootout against Rice in 2014, Drexel in 2015 and Drake in 2016, UAA has now beaten at least one Division I school in 31 of the last 34 seasons.
2017-18 Seawolf Individual Honors
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Santa Clara
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Alaska/Hawaii Challenge All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC Player of the Week, Dec. 19-25