THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL...
Thursday, Feb. 7 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Seattle Pacific (11-6, 8-4 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (12-8, 7-5 GNAC)
Saturday, Feb. 9 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
#19 Saint Martin’s (17-3, 10-2 GNAC [2/5 @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
LIVE VIDEO & STATS: Both games free 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. (11.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, .463 FG, .400 3FG, .827 FT)
G—Brennan Rymer, 6-0, So. (9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, .460 FG, .432 3FG, .836 FT)
F—Tyler Brimhall, 6-5, Jr. (18.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, .461 FG, .418 3FG, .815 FT)
F—Niko Bevens, 6-6, Jr. (12.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, .440 FG, .411 3FG, .743 FT)
F—Sjur Berg, 6-7, Jr. (7.7 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 0.5 bpg, .602 FG, .527 FT)
SCOUTING REPORT: Seattle Pacific snapped a 3-game losing skid with 16-point home victories last week over Simon Fraser and Western Washington, keeping the Falcons in fourth place in the GNAC standings ... SPU features four double-digit scorers among its nine-man rotation, led by veterans Gavin Long (13.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, .546 FG, .406 3FG, .750 FT) and Coleman Wooten (11.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, .503 FG) ... ranked 19th nationally by the coaches and 18th in the media poll, GNAC preseason favorite Saint Martin’s had its 7-game winning streak snapped in stunning fashion Saturday with a 61-59 home loss to Simon Fraser ... coming off the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth last year, the Saints are led by EJ Boyce (12.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, .358 3FG, .781 FT) and Chandler Redix (12.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg, .537 FG, .431 3FG).
ALL-TIME VS. SPU: UAA leads 39-33 overall, 28-12 in Anchorage
Last: SPU 87-74 (1/12/19 at SPU)
Streak: SPU 2
Notes: The road team has won eight of the last 11 meetings ... ... SPU has won two straight and six of the last seven in Anchorage, including a 64-51 win in the GNAC Tournament quarterfinals and a 57-54 regular-season win last season ... six of the last nine meetings have been decided by five points or fewer, including two overtime contests ... 18 of the last 26 games have been decided by 11 points or fewer … SPU leads 23-12 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02), with six games going to overtime … SPU is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (77 meetings) ... series started in UAA’s first year of Div. II competition in 1977-78.
ALL-TIME VS. SMU: UAA leads 31-11 overall, 20-3 in Anchorage
Last: SMU 70-68 (1/10/19 at SMU)
Streak: SMU 3
Notes: SMU’s current 3-game streak is it longest against UAA ... SMU has won four of the last six meetings, sweeping the season series from UAA last year for the first time in 17 years of GNAC play ... the Seawolves’ last win came by a 67-63 score, Jan. 26, 2017 in Lacey ... five of the last six games have been decided by six points or fewer, including a 71-66 SMU win in Anchorage last year ... UAA leads 24-11 in GNAC regular-season meetings … teams met twice as members of the Pac West (in 1999 and 2001) and four times between 1977-80.
OREGON TALE: The Seawolves earned a split at their Oregon opponents last week to finish with a 3-1 record on their 4-game road swing, beating Concordia-Portland 99-94 in overtime and falling at Western Oregon by an 81-61 count ... on Thursday, Jr. F Tyler Brimhall scored a career- and UAA season-high 34 points (12-22 FG, 4-10 3FG, 6-7 FT) and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Seawolves overcome a 10-point halftime deficit and sweep the season series from the Cavs ... Jr. F Niko Bevens had 19 points (5-8 3FG), Jr. G Jack Macdonald added 17 points (6-10 FG, 2-3 3FG) and So. PG Brennan Rymer delivered 11 points (6-6 FT), 8 assists and 5 rebounds, helping to seal the victory at the free-throw line ... on Saturday in Monmouth, Brimhall scored 15 points and had 8 rebounds and Bevens notched 11 points but the Seawolves fell victim to 17 turnovers and 60 percent free-throw shooting as the Wolves pulled away throughout the second half ... So. G Keenan Dowell notched a career-high 8 points and Jr. F Sjur Berg had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in the loss.
TEAM NOTES: UAA ranks in the top 40 of the NCAA national stats in assist/turnover ratio (32nd, 1.34), assists per game (30th, 16.6 apg) and 3FG% (34th, .391) ... the Seawolves lead the GNAC in 3FG% (.391) and assists, and rank 2nd in rebounding defense (32.3) and A/T ratio, along with 3rd in scoring defense (71.2), FT% (.731) and 3FG% defense (.334) ... 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 (18.0 ppg) and 6th in rebounding (6.8 rpg), plus 5th in 3FGs per game (2.8), 6th in minutes per game (30.5), 12th in FT% (.815) and 13th in 3FG% (.418) ... sporting a team-high four double-doubles, the Utah native has scored at least 21 points in 10 games thus far, while grabbing at least seven rebounds in 12 of 20 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 14 games, including 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 17th in scoring (12.8 ppg), 2nd in 3FGs per game (3.1, 31st nationally), 16th in 3FG% (.411) and 3rd in minutes per game (32.2).
INTERIOR EXPERIENCE: The Seawolves’ most experienced player with 89 career games, Sr. C Brian Pearson has climbed to 4th on UAA’s career blocks list, now with 87 ... the Nevada native needs just three 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 0.98 ... with 20 blocks in the last seven games, Pearson leads the GNAC and ranks 63rd nationally with 1.5 bpg ... following a season away from basketball, Jr. F Sjur Berg has come on strong with .500-or-better shooting in the last 17 games and double-figure scoring in seven of the last 14 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 12 of the last 18 games to rank 9th in the league (6.1 rpg), along with 4th in FG% (.602) and 6th in offensive rebounds per game (2.3) ... a regular in the lineup since his arrival at UAA in 2014, Berg ranks 10th on the program’s career FG% list at .556.
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 9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg and a team-high 4.0 apg ... the Sydney native has scored double figures in 10 of the last 15 games and dished at least four assists in seven of the last nine contests ... Rymer has risen to 3rd in the GNAC in assists per game, along with 8th in FT% (.836), shooting an impressive .432 from long range as well ... meanwhile, Macdonald (Melbourne) has raised his scoring average from 8.7 to 11.3 ppg in the last seven 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, a team-high 17 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3FG, 2-2 FT) at WWU and 17 points (6-10 FG) at Concordia ... the Melbourne native also dished a career-high 6 assists against NNU and now holds GNAC ranks of 28th in scoring, 10th in assist-turnover ratio (2.5), 10th in FT% (.827) and 20th in 3FG% (.400), 3FGs per game (1.6) and assists per game (2.5).
TRUST IN RUSTY: Now in his 15th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (277-160) 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).
2018-19 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Alaska/Hawaii Challenge All-Tournament Team
GNAC Player of the Week, Jan. 14-20
Seawolf Jamboree All-Tournament Team