THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 4 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Saint Martin’s (9-3, 2-2 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (7-5, 3-1 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 6 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Seattle Pacific (7-4, 2-2 GNAC [1/4 @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games live statewide on GCI Channel 907 (hd) & Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: Both games free at GNAC.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAMBB Twitter feed for in-game updates.
TICKETS: $10 general admission, $8 discounted, UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... visit GoSeawolves.com or call 907-786-1562 for all ticket info.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Maleke Haynes, 5-10, Sr. (6.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, .789 FT)
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, So. (4.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.5 apg, 18/7 A/T ratio)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (11.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg, .504 FG, .789 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (8.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, .833 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (3.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .429 FG, .739 FT)
—or Jacob Lampkin, 6-9, Sr. (15.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 bpg, .606 FG, .679 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Saint Martin’s has lost two of its last three against Div. II competition following a 6-1 start that included an impressive road win (93-88) over Cal Baptist ... from Lacey, Wash., the Saints are led by 6-4 Jr. G Luke Chavez (16.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.3 spg, .526 FG, .455 3FG, .861 3FG) and 6-1 Jr. G EJ Boyce (12.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 3.1 apg, .442 3FG, .941 FT) ... Seattle Pacific has played its last seven games within a 12-point margin, including a pair of overtime victories (84-83 at CWU and 98-93 vs. SFU) ... the Falcons are led by 6-6 So. F Tony Miller (18.1 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .373 3FG) and 6-5 So. G Gavin Long (12.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .542 FG, .957 FT).
ALL-TIME vs SMU: UAA leads 31-8 overall, 20-2 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: UAA 67-63 (1/26/17 at SMU)
Streak: UAA 2
Notes: UAA has won seven of the last eight and 10 of the last 12 meetings ... UAA has taken two of three meetings at the Alaska Airlines Center, including 67-63 last season ... the last three games have all been decided by 6 points or fewer, including SMU’s 73-70 win in Anchorage, Jan. 28, 2016 ... UAA leads 24-8 in GNAC regular-season meetings … teams met twice as members of the Pac West (in 1999 and 2001) and four times between 1977-80.
ALL-TIME vs SPU: UAA leads 38-35 overall, 28-10 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 2
Last Meeting: UAA 83-81, OT (1/28/17 at SPU)
Notes: UAA has won three of the last four, following a 7-game losing
streak from 2012-15 ... four of the last five meetings have been decided by 3 points or fewer, including two overtime contests ... 16 of the last 22 games have been decided by 11 points or fewer … SPU leads 21-11 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02), with six games going to overtime … SPU is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (72 meetings) ... series started in UAA’s first year of Div. II competition in 1977-78.
SEAWOLVES SPLIT IN OREGON: The Seawolves managed to split a difficult road series at the Oregon schools to finish the 2017 calendar, losing 82-50 to No. 16 Western Oregon on Dec. 17 and earning a 59-55 win over Concordia-Portland on Dec. 19 ... Jr. C Brian Pearson had career highs of 16 points (5-9 FG, 6-6 FT) and 8 rebounds at WOU, but the hosts shot 66 percent from the field and 6 of 13 from long range ... two days later, Sr. G D.J. Ursery matched UAA’s individual season high with 22 points (10-12 FG) and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds, along with 3 assists, 2 steals and a block, to power a comeback against the Cavs ... UAA erased a 29-22 halftime deficit as Sr. G Maleke Haynes had 10 points, 3 assists and 4 steals, and So. G Jack Macdonald tied his career high with 8 points, including a pair of timely three-pointers in the second half.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 10th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense, allowing just 63.2 points per game ... UAA is also 2nd the GNAC and 43rd nationally in FT% at .753 ... the wins over UAF and MSU Billings marked UAA’s 11th and 12th consecutive GNAC home wins ... UAA is chasing its third straight 20-win season ... the Seawolves have 16 20-win seasons in 40 years of program history ... this year’s team is also 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.
LAMPKIN LIT: With seven double-doubles in 10 games, Sr. F Jacob Lampkin has already shown why he was a Preseason All-GNAC selection before even suiting up for the Seawolves ... a one-year transfer from Div. I University of the Pacific, Lampkin is 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 holds ranks of 3rd in rebounding, 12th in scoring (15.1 ppg), 11th in blocks (1.2 bpg) and 7th in FG% ... 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 ... a starter in 39 of 83 career games at UOP, Lampkin was a high school teammate of former UAA All-American Suki Wiggs at Seattle’s O’Dea HS and is the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Tom Lampkin.
BE MORE PACIFIC: Along with Jacob Lampkin, fellow Pacific transfers Sr. PG Maleke Haynes and Sr. G D.J. Ursery comprise 60 percent of UAA’s starting lineup this year ... Ursery has been UAA’s second-leading scorer (11.6 ppg), rebounder (5.1 rpg) and shot blocker (0.7 bps, 19th in GNAC), posting season highs 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 joined Lampkin as the only non-returning GNAC player to make the Preseason All-GNAC Team ... one of a trio of NCAA Basketball-playing siblings and a 52-game veteran in two years at Pacific, Haynes made a splash in Green & Gold by hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 2 seconds left in the season-opener at Antelope Valley and showed more clutch marksmanship with the buzzer-beating trey to send the Santa Clara game to OT ... boosted by 8 assists in the first victory over Holy Names and 5 assists against UAF, he is 7th in the GNAC in both assists per game (3.8) and A/T ratio (1.8), plus 14th in FT% (.789).
MORE TO HOWL ABOUT: Jr. F Josiah Wood has been one of two Seawolves to start all 12 games this season, leading the team in 3FGs made (13) and ranking second in FTs made (25) and third in scoring (8.8 ppg) ... the Reno native and Butte (Calif.) College transfer has tallied at least 8 points in nine of 12 games, aiding the Santa Clara victory with 11 points and 5 assists ... this year’s team features just one player who suited up in 2016-17 (So. F. Curtis Ryan) and two others with previous experience in Green & Gold – Sr. G Drew Peterson and Jr. F Brian Pearson, both of whom redshirted last year ... Pearson crushed his previous career highs with his 16-point, 8-rebound effort at Western Oregon on Dec 17 and grabbed 8 rebounds again at Concordia on Dec. 19 ... Peterson leads the Seawolves in FT% at .905 (19-21).
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (257-143) 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).
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