THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
UAA hosts Alaska/Hawaii Challenge
Alaska Airlines Center – Anchorage, Alaska
Friday, Nov. 10
5:30 pm: Chaminade (0-0) vs Alaska Fairbanks (0-0)
8:00 pm: Hawaii Pacific (0-0) vs Alaska Anchorage (1-0)
Saturday, Nov. 11
5:30 pm: Hawaii Pacific vs Alaska Fairbanks
8:00 pm: Chaminade vs Alaska Anchorage
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Maleke Haynes, 5-10, Sr. (10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 4-9 FG)
G—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (9.0 ppg, 4.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (4.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (18.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.0 spg, 6-10 FG, 4-6 3FG)
C—Jacob Lampkin, 6-9, Sr. (15.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 bpg, 6-10 FG, 3-3 FT)
2017-18 SEASON PREVIEW: The Seawolves have probably experienced more roster turnover than any team in NCAA Div. II this year, returning just one active player -- So. F Curtis Ryan – and no starters from its 2016-17 club ... UAA’s other two veterans, Sr. G Drew Peterson and Jr. F Brian Pearson, are each coming off redshirt campaigns ... among the 12 newcomers on this year’s roster, four are Div. I transfers -- Sr. F Jacob Lampkin, Sr. G Maleke Haynes and Sr. G D.J. Ursery all join UAA from the University of the Pacific, while Jr. G Malik Clements comes north from North Dakota State ... JC transfers Josiah Wood and Jack Macdonald are also expected to play key roles, while six true freshmen will try to make an impact as well.
SCOUTING THE HAWAIIANS: Defending Pacific West Conference champion Hawaii Pacific unloaded a lot of talent from last year’s team, which went 29-3 overall, 18-2 in the PWC and reached the West Regional semifinals ... picked seventh in the PWC preseason poll, the Sharks don’t return any of last year’s starters, but they did add three transfers from NCAA Div. I programs ... Chaminade is picked sixth in the preseason poll after going 18-11 overall and 13-7 (t-4th) in conference play last year ... the Silverswords’ lone returning starter is forward Austin Pope (12.1 ppg, 8.8 rpg), who is on the Preseason All-PacWest team ... both HPU and Chaminade are located in Honolulu.
vs. Hawaii Pacific: UAA leads 10-5 overall, 3-0 in Anchorage
Last: HPU 77-71 (11-12-16 at Honolulu)
Streak: HPU 1
Notes: HPU’s victory last year in Honolulu snapped a 7-game UAA win streak against the Sharks ... teams have not played in Anchorage since UAA took an 80-67 decision, Nov. 23, 2003 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex ... series started in 1980.
vs. Chaminade: UAA leads 19-12 overall, 7-4 in Anchorage
Last: CU 92-81 (11/11/16 at Honolulu)
Streak: CU 1
Notes: After meeting twice yearly as conference rivals from 1991-98, UAA and CU will meet for just their fifth time in the last 11 years when they clash Saturday ... teams haven’t played in Anchorage since a 75-53 UAA win on Dec. 20, 2009 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex ... CU’s last victory in Anchorage came by an 88-84 tally, Feb. 14, 1998 ... series started in 1985.
BRIEF 2016-17 SEASON RECAP: UAA posted its second consecutive 21-win campaign and the program’s 12th straight winning record with a 21-8 overall mark and a runner-up finish (15-5) in the GNAC standings in 2016-17 ... the Seawolves posted their first perfect mark at the Alaska Airlines Center by going 16-0 on their home court, and recorded yet another victory over a Div. I club, beating Drake in the GCI Great Alaska Shootout ... the Seawolves were regionally ranked in all three West Region polls at the end of the regular season but fell just shy of earning an NCAA Tournament berth.
SEAWOLVES PUSH ANTEATERS, ESCAPE PIONEERS: The Seawolves played their final exhibition game and started the regular season with a thrilling victory last week in Southern California ... on Nov. 3, Sr. G Maleke Haynes scored 13 points on 13-of-14 free-throw shooting and UAA sliced it to two-possession game with under 2 minutes remaining before falling 73-66 at Div. I opponent UC Irvine ... Sr. G D.J. Ursery and Jr. G Malik Clements had 12 points each and Sr. F Jacob Lampkin added 11 points as all four Seawolf D-I transfers reached double figures in the exhibition ... one night later in Lancaster, Calif., the Seawolves dug out of a 16-point 1st-half hole against NAIA Div. II program Antelope Valley to prevail 70-69 on Haynes’ corner three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining ... Jr. F Josiah Wood led the comeback with 18 points (6-10 FG, 4-6 3FG, 2-3 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 steals, Lampkin had 15 points (6-10 FG), 7 rebounds and 3 assists, and Haynes tallied 10 points and 3 assists to help UAA win despite being outshot .480 to .406 ... Fr. G Brennan Rymer also aided the comeback in his collegiate debut with 5 points, 3 assists and no turnovers in 15 minutes off the bench.
TEAM NOTES: UAA is coming off its first back-to-back 20-win seasons since 2010-11 and 2011-12 ... the Seawolves have 16 20-win seasons in 40 years of program history ... this year’s team will be 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.
SEAWOLVES TABBED 4TH: UAA begins 2017-18 as a darkhorse candidate for the GNAC title, picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, released Oct. 31.
2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team (1st-place votes) 2016-17 Records Pts
1. Western Washington (7) 25-6,17-3 (1st) 116
2. Western Oregon (3) 18-13,13-7 (3rd) 108
3. Central Washington (1) 14-12,9-11 (t6th) 91
4. Alaska Anchorage 21-8,15-5 (2nd) 90
5. Seattle Pacific 12-16,8-12 (9th) 85
6. Saint Martin’s 17-13,10-10(t4th) 53
7. Alaska Fairbanks 13-16,8-12(10th) 48
8. Northwest Nazarene 12-16,9-11 (t6th) 42
9. Concordia-Portland 14-14,10-10(t4th) 41
10. Montana St. Billings 14-15,9-11 (t6th) 34
11. Simon Fraser 4-24,2-18 (11th) 18
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (251-138) has now 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).