THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thursday, Jan. 31 — 6 pm AST — LCEF Court — Portland, OR
Alaska Anchorage (11-7, 6-4 GNAC) at Concordia-Portland (7-11, 2-8 GNAC)
Saturday, Feb. 2 — 2 pm AST — New P.E. Building — Monmouth, OR
Alaska Anchorage at Western Oregon (14-5, 7-3 GNAC [1/31 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games free at gnac.tv or portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa
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PROBABLE UAA STARTERS (2018-19 stats)
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, Jr. (11.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, .442 FG, .358 3FG, .829 FT)
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, So. (9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.9 apg, .480 FG, .484 3FG, .816 FT)
F—Tyler Brimhall, 6-5, Jr. (17.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, .466 FG, .435 3FG, .809 FT)
F—Niko Bevens, 6-6, Jr. (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, .429 FG, .387 3FG, .733 FT)
F—Sjur Berg, 6-7, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 0.6 bpg, .598 FG, .551 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Concordia-Portland snapped a 6-game losing skid Saturday with a 65-63 win at Central Washington ... the Cavs, whose other GNAC win came at UAF (87-84), are led by Jarrett Gray (15.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, .452 3FG, .889 FT) and Hunter Sweet (10.7 ppg, 3.7 ppg, .500 FG, .478 3FG, .729 FT) ... defending GNAC champ Western Oregon has won six of its last eight as it prepares to host UAF on Thursday ... the Wolves, who have suffered all of their losses by 10 points or less, are led by Riley Hawken (12.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, .497 FG, .389 3FG, .673 FT) and Kaleb Warner (11.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .325 3FG, .763 FT).
ALL-TIME VS. CU: UAA leads 6-3 overall, 2-1 in Portland
Last: UAA 75-66 (1/5/19 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 3
Notes: UAA has won six of the first seven meetings as GNAC opponents ... the last five meetings have been decided by nine points or less ... UAA won 62-57 last season in Portland ... CU’s last win was a 68-67 OT decision, Feb. 16, 2017 in Portland ... first meeting was a 79-74 CU win in the inaugural men’s basketball game at the Alaska Airlines Center, Nov. 7, 2014 – the year before the Cavs joined the GNAC.
ALL-TIME VS. WOU: UAA leads 22-16 overall; tied 9-9 in Monmouth
Last: UAA 61-57 (1/3/19 at UAA)
Streak: UAA 1
Notes: Seven of the last nine meetings have been decided by 10 points or less ... UAA has lost four straight in Monmouth since a 92-58 victory on Jan. 23, 2014 ... WOU has won eight of the last 11 after UAA won nine straight from 2010-14 ... UAA leads 22-13 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … first and only non-GNAC meeting came when programs were Pac West foes, with WOU winning 91-81, Jan. 28, 1999.
BORDER SUCCESS: The Seawolves got in the GNAC road win column with a pair of victories last week, knocking off Simon Fraser 74-53 with a season-best defensive effort Thursday and defeating Western Washington 70-63 on Saturday … in Canada, Jr. G/F Tyler Brimhall scored a career- and UAA season-high 31 points (13-20 FG, 5-9 3FG) and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Jr. F Sjur Berg had 7 points (3-6 FG) and 13 rebounds to help keep UAA unbeaten all-time against the Clan … Jr. G Jack Macdonald added 12 points (3-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 4-5 FT) and 4 assists, and Jr. PG Brennan Rymer had 11 points, 4 assists and no turnovers as the Seawolves outshot the hosts .450 to .350 overall and .391 to .182 from long range … in Bellingham, Macdonald scored all 17 of his points in the final 24 minutes and Fr. PG Travis Adams tallied 6 points (3-4 FG), a career-high 8 assists and just one turnover off the bench … Jr. F Niko Bevens had 12 points (4-8 3FG), Brimhall added 11 points, and Rymer shot 6 of 6 from the foul line in the final 37 seconds, finishing with 14 points … Berg led the way with 8 rebounds as UAA broke a tie with WWU in the league standings.
TEAM NOTES: Over its 4-game winning streak, the Seawolves are holding their opponents to 23.0 points per game under their scoring averages; UAA held Simon Fraser, which came in at 85 ppg, to a season-low 53 points ... UAA ranks in the top 50 of the NCAA national stats in assist/turnover ratio (29th, 1.37), assists per game (32nd, 16.8 apg) and 3FG% (41st, .391) ... in the GNAC stats, the Seawolves in 3FG% (.391) and rank 2nd in assists per game (16.8), scoring defense (69.4) and rebounding defense (32.6), along with 3rd in FT% (.735), FG% defense (.435) and 3FG% defense (.329) ... UAA is 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.
KILLER B’s: The Seawolves have gotten a predictably large impact from its two players with Div. I experience, getting a nearly 30 points per game from the combo of Jr. Fs Tyler Brimhall (Idaho) and Niko Bevens (Montana) ... Brimhall, who transfered directly from North Idaho College, was UAA’s representative on the Preseason All-GNAC Team and currently ranks 4th in the league in scoring (17.3 ppg) and 7th in rebounding (6.5 rpg), plus 4th in 3FGs per game (2.8), 8th in minutes per game (29.8), 12th in FT% (.809) and 11th in 3FG% (.435) ... the Utah native has scored at least 21 points in nine games thus far, while grabbing at least seven rebounds in 10 of 18 contests ... Brimhall captured his first GNAC Player of the Week award for his performance against CWU and NNU, tallying 43 points (12-21 FG, 8-11 3FG, 11-14 FT), 14 rebounds and 5 assists in the home sweep ... meanwhile, Bevens has tallied double digits in 12 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 ... in the GNAC stats, he ranks 18th in scoring (12.6 ppg), 2nd in 3FGs per game (3.0), 18th in 3FG% (.391) and 3rd in minutes per game (32.4).
INTERIOR EXPERIENCE: The Seawolves’ most experienced player with 85 career games, Sr. C Brian Pearson has swatted 10 shots over the last four games to climb to 4th on UAA’s career blocks list, now with 86 ... the Nevada native needs just four more blocks to catch Seawolf Hall-of-Famer Peter Bullock (90 blks, 2000-04) for 3rd, and he stands 5th in blocks per game with 0.9 ... with 20 blocks in the last seven games, Pearson leads the GNAC and ranks 45th nationally with 1.6 bpg ... after a slow start following a season away from basketball, Jr. F Sjur Berg has come on strong with .500-or-better shooting in the last 15 games and double-figure scoring in six of the last 12 contests ... the Norwegian had career-highs of 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-4 FT), 14 rebounds and 4 blocks in the Nov. 23 win over South Dakota Mines, and he bettered his top scoring effort with 18 points in the win over defending GNAC champ Western Oregon ... Berg has grabbed at least five rebounds in 11 of the last 16 games – including 21 in two games last week – to ranking 9th in the league (6.2 rpg), along with 5th in FG% (.598) and 8th in offensive rebounds per game (2.1) ... a regular in the lineup since his arrival at UAA in 2014, Berg ranks 12th on the program’s career FG% list at .553.
AUSSIE, AUSSIE: The ninth and tenth Australians to suit up for the Seawolves in the past 15 seasons, So. PG Brennan Rymer and Jr. G Jack Macdonald have established themselves as regulars in the starting lineup in their second seasons at UAA ... Rymer has shown improvement from his rookie season in all categories, averaging 9.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg and a team-high 3.9 apg ... the Sydney native has scored double figures in nine of the last 13 games, and dished at least four assists in six of the last seven contests ... Rymer recently moved up to 2nd in the GNAC in assists per game, along with 11th in FT% (.816) and 20th in FG% (.480), shooting an impressive .484 from long range as well ... meanwhile, Macdonald (Melbourne) has raised his scoring average from 8.7 to 11.2 ppg in the last five games, producing his best GNAC scoring totals with 18 points (8-11 FG) at SPU, a career-high 23 points (9-15 FG) against CWU, 18 points (3-7 3FG, 9-10 FT) in the win over NNU and a team-high 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3FG, 2-2 FT) at WWU ... the Melbourne native also dished a career-high 6 assists against the Nighthawks and now holds GNAC ranks of 10th in assist-turnover ratio (2.4), 10th in FT% (.833) and 17th in assists (2.6 apg).
MORE PLAYER NOTES: Fr. G Travis Adams took the team lead and rose to 9th in the GNAC in A/T ratio (2.5) with his 8-assist, 1-turnover performance at WWU on Saturday ... the first Seawolf ever from Juneau’s Thunder Mountain High School, Sr. G Matt Seymour has committed just one turnover in 68 total minutes this season, while dishing five assists.
TRUST IN RUSTY: Now in his 15th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (276-158) 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).