THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL...
Saturday, Dec. 1 — 5 pm AST — Alterowitz Gymnasium — Billings, Montana
Alaska Anchorage (5-3, 0-0 GNAC) at Montana State Billings (4-3, 1-0 GNAC)
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
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PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, Jr. (9.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, .435 FG, .324 3FG, .643 FT)
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, So. (9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg, .400 3FG, .889 FT)
F—Tyler Brimhall, 6-5, Jr. (18.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, .500 FG, .489 3FG, .833 FT)
F—Niko Bevens, 6-6, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, .482 FG, .419 3FG, .667 FT)
F—Sjur Berg, 6-7, Jr. (6.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .500 FG, .583 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Following an 0-2 start, Montana State Billings has won four of five, including a 79-76 win over UAF in the GNAC season-opener on Tuesday in Billings … the Yellowjackets feature four double-digit scorers, led by Tyler Green (15.0 ppg, 4.1 apg, .500 FG, .521 3FG) and Melvin Newberg Jr. (13.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, .636 FG).
ALL-TIME VS. MSUB: UAA leads 45-31 overall
In Billings: MSUB leads 24-13
Last: UAA 59-52 (2/24/18 at MSUB)
Streak: UAA 3
Notes: Teams have split last six meetings in Billings ... MSUB’s last victory came by a 69-68 score, Jan. 12, 2017 in Billings ... UAA leads 16-6 in GNAC regular-season meetings since MSUB joined the league in 2007-08 … MSUB is UAA’s 2nd-most common opponent … teams met at least twice per season each year between 1981-82 and 2000-01 as members of the Great Northwest and Pacific West conferences ... first meeting was in 1977-78 ... in 19 games from 1994-2001, teams combined to score 90-plus a total of 31 times ... in 24 games since teams resumed series in 2008, neither has scored more than 90 points.
ROCKERS BLOCKED: UAA got back in the win column as it concluded its non-conference slate with a home sweep of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference foe South Dakota Mines, Nov. 23-24 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... in the first game, Jr. G/F Tyler Brimhall had 26 points (10-16 FG, 6-7 3FG), 9 rebounds and 3 assists to power a 75-55 victory, while Jr. PF Sjur Berg had his first double-double with career highs of 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds and 4 blocks ... the Seawolves also got 16 points (5-8 FG, 3-6 3FG, 3-3 FT) from Jr. F Niko Bevens and 9 points (3-3 3FG), 2 assists and no turnoves from Jr. G Jack Macdonald as they outrebounded the Hardrockers 34-23 and shot a season-best .591 (13 of 22) from long range ... in the rematch, So. PG Brennan Rymer had a career-high 20 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3FG, 6-6 FT) and 6 rebounds, plus 2 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers in 35 minutes, to power a 73-68 victory ... Bevens chipped in 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-5 3FG) and a career-high 5 assists, Macdonald had 12 points (2-4 3FG) and Berg added 10 points (4-5 FG) and 5 rebounds to help UAA fend off several late rallies by the visitors from Rapid City.
TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks in the top 30 of the NCAA national stats in both assists per game (19th, 18.9 apg) and 3FG% (29th, .415) ... the Seawolves have shown more of a vintage three-point shooting touch again in 2018-19, with their .415 3FG% thus far ranking as the program’s best since 2011-12 when they shot the same percentage ... 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 3rd in the league in scoring (18.4 ppg), 6th in rebounding (7.4 rpg) and 9th in FT% (.833) ... the Utah native has scored at least 23 points in five games thus far, while grabbing at least seven rebounds in six of eight contests ... UAA’s other impact transfer, Jr. F Niko Bevens has tallied double digits in six of eight 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 6th in scoring (14.8 ppg) and 2nd in 3FGs per game (3.3) in the early GNAC stats ... UAA’s most experienced player, Sr. C Brian Pearson is 7th on UAA’s career list for blocks (65) and 5th in blocks per game (0.8), needing just five more swats to move up to 6th in total blocks ... So. Brennan Rymer is showing improvement from his rookie season, averaging 9.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg and a team-high 4.0 apg ... the Aussie made the all-tournament team at the Seawolf Jamboree and has scored career highs – 19 vs. Lake Superior State and 20 vs. S.D. Mines – in two of the last three games ... Rymer holds GNAC ranks of 4th in assists and 17th in steals (1.3 spg).
TRUST IN RUSTY: Now in his 15th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (270-155) 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).