THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Thur., Jan. 11 — 6 pm AST — Nicholson Pavilion — Ellensburg, Wash.
Alaska Anchorage (7-7, 3-3 GNAC) at Central Washington (7-6, 2-4 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 13 — 5 pm AST — Johnson Sports Center — Nampa, Idaho
Alaska Anchorage at Northwest Nazarene (7-5, 3-3 GNAC [1/11 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: Both games free at GNAC.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAMBB Twitter feed for in-game updates.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, Fr. (3.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, .733 FT)
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, So. (4.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 22/8 A/T ratio)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (12.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg, .522 FG, .783 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg, .844 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (4.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .422 FG, .778 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Central Washington has gone 4-6 against NCAA Div. II compeition, getting its 4-game winning streak snapped last week with road losses to Simon Fraser and Western Washington) ... the Wildcats are led by 6-1 Fr. G Khalil Shabazz (14.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.5 spg, .759 FT) and 6-11 Sr. C Fuquan Niles (10.8 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 bpg, .628 FG) ... Northwest Nazarene snapped a 3-game skid Saturday with an 82-81 victory at Simon Fraser when 6-5 Sr. G/F Maurice Jones (19.4 ppg, 9.8 rpg, .531 FG, .484 3FG, .738 FT) made a free throw with one second remaining ... along with the GNAC’s leading scorer in Jones, the Nighthawks feature 6-0 Jr. G Obi Megwa (18.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, .489 FG) and 5-10 Jr. G Khalil Thompson (14.1 ppg, .355 3FG, .848 FT).
ALL-TIME vs CWU: UAA leads 20-18
In Ellensburg: CWU leads 11-8
Last Meeting: UAA 84-72 (2/25/17 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 2
Notes: UAA swept the Wildcats last year for the first time since 2011-12, including a 98-92 victory in Ellensburg ... teams have split the last eight meetings in Ellensburg ... UAA leads 18-14 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02), while CWU has a 2-1 edge in GNAC Tourney affairs ... first meeting was in Feb. 1979, although programs did not play again until Jan. 2000.
ALL-TIME vs NNU: UAA leads 21-12 overall
In Nampa: Tied 8-8
Last Meeting: UAA 81-73 (2/23/17 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 1
Notes: Teams split last year’s season series, with NNU winning 71-67 in Nampa ... NNU has not swept UAA since 2009-10 ... the last 10 meetings have all been decided by 13 points or less ... UAA leads 20-12 in GNAC meetings ... first and only meeting as non-GNAC members was a 93-66 UAA home win, Feb. 3, 2001, when both teams were in the Pac West Conference.
SAINTS, FALCONS END HOME STREAK: The Seawolves saw their 12-game GNAC homecourt win streak snapped with narrow losses to Saint Martin’s (71-66) and Seattle Pacific (57-54) last week at the Alaska Airlines Center ... down three regular starters in the first game, Fr. PG Brennan Rymer delivered personal bests of 14 points and 10 assists, along with 3 steals, but the Saints outshot the Seawolves .519 to .351 ... along with Rymer’s 10 assists – the most for a Seawolf against a D-II foe since Feb. 22, 2014 – UAA got a season-high 13 points from Sr. G Drew Peterson, plus career highs of 11 points from Jr. G Malik Clements and 9 points and 5 rebounds from So. G Jack Macdonald ... on Saturday, starting Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery returned from a one-game injury absence to score a UAA season-high 23 points (10-15 FG), but the Falcons edged the hosts in the final minutes ... Macdonald delivered a career high for the second game in a row with 12 points (4-9 FG), while Jr. C Brian Pearson had career highs of 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the loss.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 7th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense, allowing just 63.4 points per game ... UAA also paces the league and ranks 18th nationally in FT% at .768 ... 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 SIDEILNED: With seven double-doubles in 10 games, Sr. F Jacob Lampkin showed why he was a Preseason All-GNAC selection and All-America candidate before suffering a foot injury in mid-December ... 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.
BE MORE PACIFIC: With Sr. F Jacob Lampkin sidelined, Jr. G/F D.J. Ursery is now UAA’s leading active scorer (12.5 ppg), rebounder (5.2 rpg) and FG% shooter (.522), along with a team-best 1.1 steals per game ... prior to his UAA season-high 23 points in the loss to Seattle Pacific last week, 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 joined Lampkin as the only non-returning GNAC player to make the Preseason All-GNAC Team.
MORE TO HOWL ABOUT: Jr. F Josiah Wood has been the only Seawolf to make at least 13 starting assignments this year, leading the team in 3FGs made (14) and ranking second in FTs made (27) and third in scoring (8.2 ppg) ... the Reno native and Butte (Calif.) College transfer has tallied at least 8 points in nine of 14 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 ... another Nevada native (Elko), Pearson also had personal bests of 9 rebounds and 4 blocks last week against SPU ... Peterson leads the Seawolves in FT% at .917 (22-24), putting him on pace to challenge the UAA single-season record.
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (257-145) 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.
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 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