THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL...
Tuesday, Nov. 6 — 6 pm AST — Save Mart Center — Fresno, Calif.
Alaska Anchorage (2-0) at Fresno State (0-0)
Friday, Nov. 9 — 1 pm AST — McCabe Gymnasium — Honolulu, Hawaii
Alaska Anchorage (2-0) at Hawaii Pacific (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 10 — 3:30 pm AST — McCabe Gymnasium — Honolulu, Hawaii
Alaska Anchorage at Chaminade (0-0 [11/9 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO: None
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAMBB Twitter feed for in-game updates & final scores.
PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, Jr. (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, .529 FG, .500 3FG, 2-2 FT)
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, So. (5.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.5 spg, .556 FG)
F—Tyler Brimhall, 6-5, Jr. (26.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg, .517 FG, .421 3FG, .875 FT)
F—Niko Bevens, 6-6, Jr. (15.0 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, .458 FG, .278 3FG, 3-6 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Sr. (5.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, 1.0 apg, .400 FG, 2-2 FT)
ALL-TIME VS. ...
FRESNO STATE: FSU leads 2-0 overall, 1-0 in Fresno
Last: FSU 82-79 (11/26/98 at UAA) / Notes: Teams’ last meeting came in the 1998 Great Alaska Shootout in Anchorage ... first meeting was a 71-45 FSU win, Jan. 2, 1982 in Fresno.
HAWAII PACIFIC: UAA leads 10-6 overall; tied 5-5 at HPU
Streak: HPU 2 / Last: HPU 65-51 (11/10/17 at UAA) / Notes: This marks the fourth straight year the teams will meet in a non-conference, regular-season game ... UAA had won seven straight vs. the Sharks until HPU’s current two-game streak ... first meeting was a 101-86 UAA road win, Jan. 21, 1980 in Honolulu.
CHAMINADE: UAA leads 19-13 overall, 11-7 in Honolulu
Streak: CU 2 / Last: CU 71-65 (11/11/18 at UAA) / Notes: This marks the fourth straight year the teams will meet in a non-conference, regular-season game ... UAA’s last win came by a 92-90 score, Nov. 13, 2015 in Fairbanks ... series dates to UAA’s first year of Div. II competition in 1977-78.
IT KINDA COUNTS: Tuesday’s game will be played as a ‘discretionary’ contest under NCAA rules, meaning it will be counted as a regular-season game for Fresno State, but as an exhibition for UAA.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Picked for 5th in the Mountain West Conference preseason poll, Fresno State had no trouble in its opening exhibition, knocking off D-II program Humboldt State 78-50 ... the Bulldogs are led by Preseason All-MWC Sr. G Deshon Taylor (17.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, .833 FT) and Sr. F Sam Bittner (5.3 ppg, .481 3FG) ... Chaminade has put a scare into a pair of heavyweight D-I opponents in exhibition action, losing 68-63 at San Diego State and 75-64 at Arizona ... picked to finish 4th in the Pacific West Conference preseason poll, the Silverswords are led by their lone returning starter in 6-10 Sr. F Erik Scheive (13.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .539 FG) ... Hawaii Pacific played its lone exhibition against local rival Hawaii, falling to the D-I program 81-45 ... picked for 5th in the Pac West, the Sharks are led by the Pac West Preseason Player of the Year, 6-9 Sr. F Jonathan Janssen (13.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg).
SEAWOLVES SWEEP PIONEERS: The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team opened the campaign with a pair of hard-fought victories over NAIA Div. I program Antelope Valley on Nov. 2 & 3 ... in Friday’s opener, Jr. F Tyler Brimhall premiered with 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-9 3FG), 7 rebounds and 4 assists, while Jr. G Jack Macdonald scored a career-high 20 points (7-12 FG, 4-7 3FG) in the 82-73 win ... Jr. F Niko Bevens added 16 points in his Seawolf debut, and So. PG Brennan Rymer tallied 6 points (3-4 FG), 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals ... in Saturday’s rematch, Brimhall accumulated 27 points (7-15 FG, 9-9 FT) and 8 rebounds to spark a 73-65 win ... Bevens scored all 14 of his points in the final 7:30, and So. G Keenan Dowell had 7 points, 2 assists and 3 steals.
TEAM NOTES: The 2017-18 Seawolves led the GNAC and ranked 4th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense at 62.6 points per game, crushing the old program record of 65.6 ppg allowed in 2006-07 ... UAA also led the league in FG% allowed (.419) and ranked 2nd in FT% (.746) ... last year’s team earned the program’s 13th straight winning season and the 35th in 41 years ... the Seawolves have earned eight straight winning GNAC records and qualified to the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011.
LOOK WHO’S BACK: With four letterwinners returning, the Seawolves have just 27 percent of their scoring and 30 percent of their rebounding back from last year’s 15-14 squad ... Sr. F/C Brian Pearson is the most experienced Seawolf, with 63 career appearances and 23 starts ... Pearson had a breakout season last year, posting 7.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg and ranking 6th in the GNAC with 1.3 bpg ... Pearson currently ranks 9th on UAA’s career blocks list with 58 ... Jr. G Jack Macdonald, So. G Brennan Rymer and So. F Eric Jenkins are all back for their second seasons in Green & Gold ... Rymer ranked 14th in the GNAC with a 1.7 assist/turnover ratio and 20th with 2.1 apg as a freshman ... UAA also gets a lift on the interior with the return of Jr. F Sjur Berg, who is back with the Seawolves after spending a sabbatical year at home in Norway ... with career averages of 3.0 ppg and 3.5 rpg, Berg has seen action in 58 games.
NEW KIDS ON THE SPOT: The Seawolves will look for big production from their cast of newcomers this season, led by a pair of players with Div. I experience ... Jr. G/F Tyler Brimhall is UAA’s representative on the Preseason All-GNAC Team and the lone newcomer to make that squad, coming north after helping North Idaho College to the NWAC title in 2017-18 ... Brimhall also spent two seasons at D-I Idaho, where he redshirted in 2015-16 ... Jr. F Niko Bevens took a similar path to UAA after playing as a freshman on North Idaho’s NWAC East Division title team and transfering to D-I Montana as a sophomore ... Bevens shot nearly 50 percent (110 of 221) from 3FG range as a freshman at NIC ... So. G Keenan Dowell is the latest international addition to UAA’s program, with the Canadian combo guard transfering from Sheridan (Wyo.) College, where he helped his team to a 28-5 mark as a true freshman ... after serving as team manager last year, Sr. G Matt Seymour has gained full playing eligibility and will suit up for the first time since playing at Whatcom (Wash.) CC from 2014-16 ... Seymour was his team’s 2nd-leading scorer and shot .436 from long range as a sophomore ... three freshmen also get their first shot at college ball, including the last two Alaska Gatorade Players of the Year with redshirt Fr. F Austin White (Ninilchik) and true Fr. G Tobin Karlberg (Anchorage/Grace Christian) ... Fr. G Travis Adams is just the second player from Barrow ever to suit up for the Seawolves, having helped the Whalers to three state titles in his four prep seasons.
TRUST IN RUSTY: Now in his 15th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (267-152) has led the Seawolves to 13 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 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 by Ryan Orton (5th season) and Shane Rinner (7th season).
PICKED FOR 5TH: The Seawolves were predicted to finish 5th in the annual GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll, released Oct. 23:
2018-19 GNAC PRESEASON MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES POLL
Rk Team (1st Place Votes) Last Yr ’18 GNAC (Pl.) Pts.
1. Saint Martin’s (9) 25-8 15-5 (3rd) 118
2. Seattle Pacific 17-12 11-9 (tie 4th) 105
3. Western Oregon (2) 31-2 19-1 (1st) 94
4. Western Washington 21-8 16-4 (2nd) 83
5. Alaska Anchorage 15-14 11-9 (tie 4th) 76
6. Montana State Billings 13-18 5-15 (9th) 68
7. Northwest Nazarene 13-13 9-11 (tie 7th) 55
8. Central Washington 15-13 10-10 (6th) 40
9. Alaska Fairbanks 11-15 9-11 (tie 7th) 37
10. Concordia-Portland 5-23 1-19 (11th) 31
11. Simon Fraser 10-18 4-16 (10th) 19
2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team