THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL...
Friday, Nov. 23 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
South Dakota Mines (2-2) vs Alaska Anchorage (3-3)
Saturday, Nov. 24 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
South Dakota Mines vs Alaska Anchorage
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
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. (9.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.7 apg, .400 FG, .346 3FG)
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, So. (8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg, .487 FG, .833 FT)
or—Travis Adams, 5-10, Fr. (3.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, .438 FG)
F—Tyler Brimhall, 6-5, Jr. (19.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, .480 FG, .425 3FG, .839 FT)
F—Niko Bevens, 6-6, Jr. (14.3 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, .455 FG, .392 3FG, 6-10 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Sr. (5.2 ppg, 5.2 apg, 0.8 bpg, .438 FG)
SCOUTING REPORT: South Dakota Mines started its season with home wins in Rapid City over Texas A&M Kingsville (80-71) and Texas A&M International (68-42), before losing at Augustana (70-51) and vs. Northern State (75-67) last week ... coming off an 8-19 record and picked to finish 14th in the 16-team Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Hardrockers are led by 6-7 Jr. F Logan Elers (11.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, .581 FG) and 5-11 Jr. G Allec Williams (11.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, .929 FT).
ALL-TIME VS. S.D. MINES: First meetings
NO JOY IN JAMBOREE: UAA came up shy in comeback attempts against a pair of Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opponents in last week’s Seawolf Jamboree at the Alaska Airlines Center, falling 83-77 to Northwood and 67-58 to Lake Superior State ... on Friday, Jr. G/F Tyler Brimhall had 23 points (9-16 FG, 3-6 3FG), 10 rebounds and 3 assists, but the Seawolves came up shy after rallying to tie the game 71-71 ... Fr. G Travis Adams got the start and delivered his first career double-digit effort with 13 points (4-5 FG, 5-6 FT), while Sr. C Brian Pearson had seven points and a team-high 8 rebounds aginst the Timberwolves ... on Saturday, So. G Brennan Rymer came off the bench for a career-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3FG), plus 4 assists as the Aussie was named to the Jamboree all-tournament team ... Fr. G Tobin Karlberg also had an effective outing off the bech with a personal-best 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3FG), 2 assists and no turnovers in the loss.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have shown more of a vintage three-point shooting touch again in 2018-19, with their .376 3FG% thus far ranking as the program’s best since 2013-14 when they shot .413 ... UAA’s offense has shown vast improvement in all categories over last season as well, with the 82 points against Antelope Valley and the 83 against Hawaii Pacific already surpassing its 2017-18 season high ... the Seawolves are seeking the program’s 14th straight winning season and the 36th in 42 years ... the Seawolves have earned eight straight winning GNAC records and qualified for the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011.
PAW PRINTS: Jr. G/F Tyler Brimhall was UAA’s lone representative on the Preseason All-GNAC Team and so far the North Idaho College transfer has not disappointed, ranking 2nd in the league in scoring (21.5 ppg), 7th in rebounding (7.5 rpg) and 9th in FT% (.839) ... the Utah native has scored at least 23 points in four games thus far, while grabbing at least seven rebounds in five of six contests ... UAA’s other impact transfer, Jr. F Niko Bevens has tallied double digits in four of six games, including a UAA season-high 28 points in the 83-79 road win over Hawaii Pacific ... Bevens’ seven first-half treys against HPU were the most ever for a Seawolf before the break and his eight 3FGs in the victory tied for 7th on UAA’s single-game list ... Bevens ranks 11th in scoring (14.3 ppg) and 1st in 3FGs per game (3.3) in the early GNAC stats ... UAA’s most experienced player, Sr. C Brian Pearson is 9th on UAA’s career list for blocks (61) and 6th in blocks per game (0.8), needing just one more swat to move up to 8th in total blocks ... So. Brennan Rymer is showing improvement from his rookie season, averaging 8.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg and a team-high 4.0 apg ... the Aussie made the all-tournament team at the Seawolf Jamboree after scoring a career-high 19 points against Lake Superior State, and he holds GNAC ranks of 6th in assists and 15th in steals (1.3 spg).
TRUST IN RUSTY: Now in his 15th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (268-155) 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).