Men open 2012-13 with Colorado foes
UAA hosts AT&T Jamboree
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
(All times AST)
Friday, November 9
3 pm — Colorado State-Pueblo (0-0) vs Alaska Fairbanks (0-0)
5 pm — Colorado Christian (0-0) at Alaska Anchorage (0-0)
Saturday, November 10
3 pm — Colorado Christian vs Alaska Fairbanks
5 pm — Colorado State-Pueblo at Alaska Anchorage
RADIO: Live on FM-93.7 KAFC
ON TV: All UAA home games are broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on KCFT (GCI Cable Ch. 19). Friday’s game will air at 9 p.m. that evening and again at noon Saturday. Saturday’s game will air at 9 pm that evening and again at 11 a.m. Monday.
ONLINE: All Alaska Anchorage home games feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner. Only UAA games will be videostreamed for the Jamboree, while live stats will be available for all four games.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2011-12 stats/notes)
G—Mike MacKelvie, 6-4/190, Jr. (Eastern Arizona College transfer)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (10.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, .487 FG, .462 3FG, .871 FT)
G—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (Snow College transfer)
G—Colton Lauwers, 6-3/215, Jr. (4.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.35 A-T ratio, .362 3FG)
C—Liam Gibcus, 6-10/245, Sr. (3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, .556 FG, .732 FT, 9.4 mpg)
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Both Colorado Christian and Colorado State-Pueblo hail from the Div. II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and count as regional opponents on UAA’s schedule … CCU, from Lakewood, Colo., is coming off a 4-24 season (2-22 RMAC) and has been picked to finish last in the 14-team RMAC preseason poll … the Cougars’ leading returning scorer is 6-1 Jr. G Kyle Weaver (10.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, .842 FT) … CSU-Pueblo has been picked 6th in the RMAC preseason poll, coming off a 13-13 (10-12) campaign … the Thunderwolves feature a pair of preseason all-conference selections in 5-10 Sr. G Bryce Velasquez (10.8 ppg, 5.3 apg, .840 FT) and 6-1 Sr. G Arden Dennis (14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .424 3FG).
THE SERIES: The Seawolves will be meeting Colorado Christian and CSU-Pueblo for the first time in men’s hoops … UAA is 14-8 all-time against teams from the state of Colorado.
JAMBOREE HISTORY: Though it has changed formats and months on the calendar over the years, the AT&T Jamboree has become a rite of winter passage for the Seawolves, occurring now for the 18th time in 20 years … UAA is 36-7 all-time in its own event, including a string of 12 straight wins … UAA’s last Jamboree loss came Nov. 19, 2004 against Grand Canyon (70-66) … last year UAA beat Minot State and Portland Bible, with UAA’s Taylor Rohde named the event’s Most Outstanding Player.
LOOKING AT 2012-13: The Seawolves return four letterwinners, including two starters, from last year’s team that went 23-7 overall and made the NCAA 2nd Round … Jr. G Kyle Fossman is the team’s top returning scorer at 10.5 ppg, along 2.6 apg and shooting numbers of .487 FG, .462 3FG and .871 FT … Jr. G Colton Lauwers logged 23 starts a year ago, averaging 4.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.6 apg … another pair of veterans, Sr. F Abebe Demissie (5.9 ppg, .425 3FG) and Sr. C Liam Gibcus (3.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, .556 FG), will also take on larger roles in their final seasons … junior-college transfers Teancum Stafford (Snow JC), Stephan Heard (Long Beach CC) and Mike MacKelvie (Eastern Arizona) are all expected to make an impact, along with returning squad member Christian Leckband and three true freshmen.
UAA NEARLY CONQUERS TROY: Jr. G Kyle Fossman and Sr. F Abebe Demissie combined for 27 points Monday but it wasn’t quite enough to pull the upset as Troy earned a 61-57 exhibition victory over the Seawolves in Alabama … the Division I Trojans, playing their first game in the brand-new Troy Arena, scored the final seven points over the last five minutes to earn the win … Fossman led UAA with 15 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and 3 assists, while Demissie had 12 points (4-5 3FG) and 6 rebounds … Sr. C Liam Gibcus finished with 7 points (3-6 FG) and 4 rebounds, while So. G Teancum Stafford had 5 points and 5 boards … six different Seawolves accounted for 3 points apiece as UAA shot 41 percent from 3FG range (11-27) and overall (21-51) … Fossman was the only Seawolf to play more than 21 minutes, logging 34, and Jr. G Mike MacKelvie tied for team-high honors with 6 rebounds in his starting role.
BRIEF 2011-12 RECAP: UAA made it seven straight winning seasons and earned its fifth NCAA Tournament berth in that span, posting a 23-7 record and finishing runner-up by just one game in the GNAC standings. The Seawolves earned the No. 2 seed at the West Region Championships and reached the second round for the second straight year, ending with a final national rank of No. 16. UAA’s winning percentage of .767 was the second-best in program history while the 23 victories tied for the fourth-most in 35 years of NCAA competition. GNAC Player of the Year Taylor Rohde became the first consensus All-American in program history and was named the National Player of the Year by Division II Bulletin.
2012 NCAA TOURNEY RECAP: The Seawolves avenged their GNAC Tournament title-game loss by defeating Montana State Billings six days later, 80-68, in the NCAA West Regional Championships 1st Round in Bellingham, Wash. … UAA lost 80-67 to fellow GNAC rival Seattle Pacific in the 2nd Round, with the Falcons then falling to host Western Washington in the regional-title game … WWU went on to win the national title at the NCAA Elite Eight.
SEAWOLF NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UAA made its fifth NCAA appearance in seven years and the 16th in 35 years of program history in 2011-12 … the 80-67 victory over Montana State Billings improved UAA to 9-7 in opening-round affairs — including three straight wins — while the loss to SPU left UAA with a 15-16 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament … the Seawolves have twice advanced to the NCAA Final Four, making the national semifinals in 2008 and the national title game in 1988.
GNAC TOURNAMENT RECAP: Second-seeded UAA advanced to the GNAC Tournament championship game for the second straight season, beating 6th-seeded Central Washington 93-81 in the semifinals, then dropping a 74-70 decision to 5th-seeded MSU Billings in the finals, Mar. 2-3 in Lacey, Wash.
TEAM NOTES: Last year’s club earned the programs 14th 20-win season and the first back-to-back 20-win campaigns since doing it three straight years from 1991-92 to 1993-94 … 2011-12 marked UAA’s seventh consecutive winning season and the 29th in the program’s 35 years … UAA posted its 2nd-best league record (15-3) in 11 years of GNAC play, trailing only the 16-2 record of the 2007-08 championship squad, while the .833 winning pct. was the 3rd-best in 31 years of conference affiliations (8-0 in 1985-86) … the Seawolves finished their Wells Fargo Sports Complex season with a 13-1 record to account for the second-best mark in the past 15 years (18-0 in ’07-08) … the 2011-12 Seawolves led the GNAC team stats in five categories — scoring margin (+11.9), FG% (.501), 3FG% (.415), assists per game (18.7) and asst.-turnover ratio (1.5) — and ranked second in three others … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves ranked in the top 50 in an impressive 12 categories, including top-10 marks in 3FG% (3rd), asst.-TO ratio (5th), assists per game (5th) and scoring margin (8th); UAA was also 23rd in FT% at .750 .
PLAYER NOTES: Jr. G Kyle Fossman ranked among the GNAC leaders in in 3FG% (2nd, .462), 3FGs per game (7th, 2.2), assist-turnover ratio (5th, 2.3) and assists per game (20th, 2.6) last year ... the Haines product averaged 11.7 ppg on .489 3FG shooting in GNAC play and led the Seawolves with overall with a .871 FT% (27 of 31) ... Fossman scored double figures on 16 occasions, including career highs of 26 points (9-10 FG, 6-7 3FG, 2-2 FT) and 6 rebounds in UAA’s road win over Northwest Nazarene ... he averaged 13.8 ppg during 5-game win streak from Feb. 11-Mar. 2 ... Fossman’s 3FG% of .462 was 8th on the UAA all-time list, along with other season ranks of 14th in 3FGs made (67) and 17th in 3FGs per game (2.23) ... he enters his junior year with career ranks of 2nd in 3FG% (.467) and 25th in 3FGs made (79) ... Jr. G Colton Lauwers posted a 2.35 assist-turnover ratio and was 3rd on the team with 34 3FGs made in his first year after transferring from Adams State … a former Dimond High School star, Lauwers committed just 7 turnovers in the final 14 games … with 2.4 rebounds per contest, Lauwers was one of nine Seawolves to average between 2.0 and 3.6 rpg … Sr. F Abebe Demissie was UAA’s 6th-leading scorer (5.9 ppg) and 3rd-leading rebounder (3.2 rpg) in 2011-12 … with Travis Thompson, Fossman and Demissie (10th, .425), the Seawolves featured three of the top 10 3FG% shooters in the GNAC … Sr. C Liam Gibcus produced his two best offensive showings against a fellow D-II opponents last year with 10 points (5-5 FG) Feb. 16 win a win over Saint Martin’s and in with 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT) in the NCAA 2nd Round loss to Seattle Pacific … a career .556 FG shooter, Gibcus shot 9-for-9 over a 5-game stretch before missing his final attempt at UAF in the regular-season finale … previously the primary back-up to All-American and D-II Player-of-the-Year Taylor Rohde, Gibcus will see his workload increase as the team’s only 4th-year senior.
THOMPSON TAKES REDSHIRT: Jr. G Travis Thompson has chosen to take a redshirt season in 2012-13 to concentrate on his 5-year program in civil engineering, UAA head coach Rusty Osborne announced Nov. 5 … the Dimond High grad, who is an All-GNAC Academic Team performer with a 3.35 GPA, will have two years of eligibility left, beginning in 2013-14 … last year, Thompson became just the second sophomore in program history to earn 1st- or 2nd-team all-conference honors when he was named a 2nd Team All-GNAC pick … UAA’s second-leading scorer (11.8 ppg) led the GNAC and ranked 9th nationally in assist-turnover ratio (2.7), along with other GNAC top-5 ranks of 1st in 3FG% (.476), 4th in FT% (.846), and 5th in assists (3.9 apg) and 3FGs per game (2.3) … Thompson will be one of two redshirts on this year’s roster, along with So. G Brian McGill, who comes to UAA as a transfer from GNAC rival Western Oregon.
INJURY REPORT: UAA begins the 2012-13 season with no one sidelined.
SEAWOLVES PICKED 4TH IN GNAC: UAA has been picked to finish 4th in the 10-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches’ poll, released Oct. 23:
2011-12 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
2011-12 GNAC Coaches Poll 2011-12 Recs., Pl. Pts
1. Seattle Pacific (8) 23-8 (13-5, 3rd) 97
2. Western Washington (2) 31-5 (16-2, 1st) 90
3. Central Washington 15-13 (8-10, 6th) 79
4. Alaska Anchorage 23-7 (15-3, 2nd) 70
5. Montana State Billings 18-12 (10-8, 5th) 49
6. Western Oregon 18-10 (11-7, 4th) 41
7. Northwest Nazarene 12-14 (6-12, 7th) 34
8. Alaska Fairbanks 5-23 (2-16, 10th) 31
Saint Martin’s 10-17 (6-12, 8th-T) 31
10. Simon Fraser 8-18 (3-15, 10th) 28
Note: Points awarded on 11-9-8-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis.
NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves, who finished No. 16 in the final 2011-12 NABC Division II Top 25 poll, are unranked to start this year … fellow GNAC squads Western Washington (No. 6) and Seattle Pacific (No. 9) are in the top 10, while West Region foes Chico State (No. 20) and Cal Poly Pomona (No. 25) are also in the rankings … get the complete poll at NABC.com.