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#25 UAA hosts NW Indian for a pair

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 12/11/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL…

Sat., Dec. 15 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Northwest Indian College
at #25 Alaska Anchorage (7-2, 1-1 GNAC)

&
Sun., Dec. 16 — 5 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Northwest Indian College
at Alaska Anchorage (exhibition)


MEDIA DETAILS …
RADIO: Live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC
TV: Catch the delayed telecast at 11 p.m. each night on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19)
LIVE STATS: GoSeawolves.com
ONLINE: All UAA home games feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner … follow Seawolf Athletics as well on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves).

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Colton Lauwers, 6-3/215, Jr. (6.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.2 apg, .364 3FG, .826 FT)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (14.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg, 36.0 mpg, .522 3FG, .891 FT)
G—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.3 apg, .479 FG, .366 3FG)
F—Christian Leckband, 6-7/205, So. (4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, .500 3FG)
C—Liam Gibcus, 6-10/245, Sr. (9.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.8 bpg, .565 FG)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Northwest Indian College is a 4-year college located in Bellingham, Wash. … the Eagles play as an unaffiliated independent against teams from a variety of affiliations, from NCCAA to NCAA Div. I.

ALL-TIME vs NWIC: First meeting

GNAC OPENS WITH HOME SPLIT: The No. 25 Seawolves took on a pair of their oldest rivals to begin the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with a  home split, beating Montana State Billings 79-65 on Nov. 29 and losing to No. 13 Seattle Pacific 85-79 on Dec. 1 … in the first game, So. G Teancum Stafford led four Seawolves in double figures with 16 points and 8 rebounds, along with a team-high 4 assists … Sr. C Liam Gibcus posted his second career double-double with 15 points (6-10 FG, 3-3 FT) and a career-high 13 rebounds, while Jr. G Kyle Fossman added 12 points (4-8 3FG) and Jr. G Mike MacKelvie had 10 points (4-7 FG, 2-3 3FG) … Sr. F Abebe Demissie and Fr. F Collin Spickerman also combined for 13 boards as UAA outrebounded the Yellowjackets 48-25, including 25 on the offensive glass … Stafford led UAA with 19 points (8-14 FG) in the loss to SPU as the Falcons earned their first win in Anchorage since 2007 … Fossman had 15 points (7-7 FT), 3 assists and no turnovers, while MacKelvie recorded 11 points on perfect shooting (3-3 FG, 5-5 FT).

TEAM NOTES: UAA’s 7-1 start equaled the best 8-game record in program history, joining the 1986-87 squad that started 12-1 …  UAA leads the early GNAC stats with 5.1 blocks per game and ranks second in FG% defense (.369), 3FGs per game (9.1), assists per game (19.1) and assist-turnover ratio (1.2) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves are in the top 50 in six categories, including 16th in assists, 21st in asst.-TO ratio and 26th in blocks … the 83-77 win over Loyola Marymount marked UAA’s 19th straight victory when scoring 80 points or more, dating to start of the 2011-12 season … the Seawolves have won 22 of their last 24 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the only losses coming to eventual NCAA champ Western Washington last season and 13th-ranked SPU this year … UAA’s last three Div. I victories have come over teams from Southern California — UC Irvine, UC Riverside and LMU … the 15 3FGs made against LMU tied for the 10th-most in program history and were the most ever against a D-I opponent … the 9 blocks Nov. 15 against Washington Adventist were the most for a Seawolf squad since Dec. 2005 and just two shy of the program single-game record.

PLAYER NOTES: A Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. G Kyle Fossman has responded to expectations with averages of 14.6 ppg (.500 FG, .522 3FG, .891 FT), 3.3 rpg and 2.0 apg … Fossman is maintaining a slight lead over former All-GNAC performer Kemmy Burgess (.474, 2003-06) as UAA’s career 3FG% leader, currently at .479 … he has also moved up to 18th in 3FGs made with 103, needing just four more to catch currently redshirting teammate Travis Thompson for 16th … with 41 of 46 free-throw shooting, the Haines product has already surpassed his career production from his first two seasons (32 of 38) … in the GNAC stats, Fossman is 11th in scoring, 6th in 3FG%, 4th in 3FGs per game (2.7) and 2nd in minutes played (36.0) … after backing up All-American Taylor Rohde the past two seasons, Sr. C Liam Gibcus is coming into his own as a starter, averaging 9.2 ppg and a team-high 5.2 rpg, while shooting a team-high .565 FG% ... the Aussie ranks No. 10 on UAA’s career FG% list at .554 … the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands tied for 17th in games played (92) and is 10th in games won (68), needing just three more victories to reach No. 7 … So. G Teancum Stafford has made an immediate impact since transferring from Snow (Utah) College, averaging 14.1 ppg (12th in GNAC), 4.1 rpg and 2.3 apg … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in eight of nine games so far, shooting 48 percent from the field and 37 percent from long range … Stafford was the MVP of the season-opening AT&T Jamboree after scoring 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds against CSU-Pueblo, and he joined Fossman as a Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team pick  … Jr. G Colton Lauwers and Fr. G Jalen Little have complemented each other well at the point, combining to average 13.3 ppg, 7.2 apg, .391 3FG and .820 FT … Little dished a UAA season-high 9 assists in the win over Loyola Marymount and currently ranks 5th in the GNAC with 4.0 apg and 7th with a .818 FT% … Lauwers is 10th in the GNAC in FT% at .826 and ranks 6th in assist-turnover ratio at 2.1 … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie has shown an incredibly well-rounded game arsenal since donning a  Seawolf uniform, averaging at least 8.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, with solid shooting percentages of .460 FG, .444 3FG and .750 FT … the Eastern Arizona transfer is averaging 11.5 ppg in his last four appearances, and he has dished at least two assists in seven of his eight games played … Fr. F Collin Spickerman is 2nd in the GNAC with 1.7 blocks per game after pacing the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with 8 swats … the Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS) product is already tied for 5th on UAA’s freshman list for blocks with 15, putting him on early pace to break the program’s rookie record (51 by Stefan Arntz, 1991-92) … Sr. F Abebe Demissie broke out for his best all-around effort of the season with 12 points and 5 rebounds in UAA’s win over LMU in the Shootout … the Seattle (Rainier Beach HS) product has scored double figures in four contests so far … after averaging just 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 0.7 assists over the first 3 games, So. F Christian Leckband has picked up his cumulative numbers to 4.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.1 apg over the last 6 contests … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome has also proven one of UAA’s top long-range shooters, connecting on 7 of 14 treys … Leckband is making his debut this season after missing his rookie campaign with a hand injury.

INJURY REPORT: Jr. F Stephan Heard missed the MSUB and SPU games due to a foot injury; he is doubtful to return for the NWIC games.

NATIONAL RANKINGS: Despite being idle last week, the Seawolves broke back into the top 25 in the fourth regular-season NABC Division II Top 25 poll, joining fellow GNAC squads Western Washington (No. 6) and Seattle Pacific (No. 9) … Cal Poly Pomona (No. 8) is the only other West Region team in the rankings … get the complete poll at NABC.com.

NABC Division II Top 25 — Nov. Dec. 11, 2012
(UAA & opponents in bold; West Region teams in italics)
Rk Team (1st pl. votes)      Rec.  Pts  Last
 1 West Liberty (12)         8-0   393  1
 2 Washburn (1)              7-0   377  2
 3 Metro State (1)           7-0   361  3
 4 Alabama-Huntsville (1)    7-1   344  4
 5 Bellarmine (1)            6-0   340  5
 6 Western Washington        7-0   333  6
 8 Cal Poly Pomona           7-0   285  9
 9 Seattle Pacific           8-1   276  8

25 ALASKA ANCHORAGE          7-2    32  —
Other West Region teams receiving votes: 36) Cal State San Bernardino 7, 45) Grand Canyon 1.
Full poll at nabc.org/coaches_corner/divII


STERLING SHOOTOUT: The Seawolves equaled their best-ever finish with a 4th-place showing at the 35th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 21-24 at Sullivan Arena … after a nationally televised 74-60 loss to Belmont in the opening round, UAA bounced back with a 66-65 victory over UC Riverside in the consolation semifinals and then beat Loyola Marymount 83-77 in the 4th/6th-place contest … in the UCR game, Fr. PG Jalen Little came off the bench for a career-high 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3FG, 4-6 FT), plus 5 assists and just 1 turnover to earn Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game honors … Jr. G Kyle Fossman played 40 minutes for the second straight game and also tallied 14 points (4-10 3FG), while So. G/F Teancum Stafford had 10 points and a team-high 5 rebounds … against LMU, Stafford was player-of-the-game with 19 points (8-13 FG, 3-5 3FG), 6 rebounds and 4 assists, nailing three straight field goals in the final five minutes … Jr. G Colton Lauwers had 14 points (4-8 3FG) and 5 assists, Fossman tallied 12 points (2-3 3FG, 6-8 FT), and Sr. F Abebe Demissie came off the bench for 12 points (3-7 3FG, 3-4 FT), 5 rebounds and 3 assists … Stafford and Fossman were both selected to the All-Tournament Team, while Fr. F Collin Spickerman led the entire tourney with 8 blocked shots.

LOOK OUT, GOLIATH: After this year’s Shootout, Division II UAA owns a 55-135 all-time record against Division I opponents (regular season only) … the Seawolves’ biggest upset came during the 1988-89 campaign when they beat then-No. 2 and undefeated Michigan, 70-66, at the Utah Seiko Classic; the Wolverines went on to win the NCAA title that year ... with the UC Irvine win in 2011-12, UAA has now beaten at least one Division I school in 26 of the last 28 seasons.

SEAWOLVES IN THE SHOOTOUT: The Seawolves, the only Division II team and the only school to appear in every Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, now sport a 35-70 (.333) all-time mark in the tournament, including 13-20 since 2002 … the Seawolves have won at least one game in 29 of the 35 Shootouts, including a current string of five straight … UAA won at least one game in 13 straight Shootouts from 1985-97 … UAA’s best finish has been 4th place, accomplished seven times (1986, 1987, 1991, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012), although the 2009 finish came in a 6-team field … UAA has pulled first-round upsets four times (Maine 1996, Wake Forest 1993, Texas Tech 1990, and Pacific 1979) … UAA’s other Shootout victims are Auburn (1989), Ball State (2010), Canisius (2003), Dayton (1992), Grambling State (1999), High Point (2004), Houston Baptist (2010), Idaho (1991), Iona (1988), Jackson State (1994), Louisiana Tech (2008), Loyola Marymount (2012), Miami, Fla. (1987), Missouri (1985), Missouri-Kansas City (2006), Montana (2002), New Mexico (1983), Nicholls State (1980, 2009), Notre Dame (1998), Penn State (1978), Rhode Island (2000), Santa Clara (1991), Southern Illinois (2005), Texas State (1987, 2003), Texas (1986), TCU (1995), UC Irvine (2011), UC Riverside (2012) and Washington (1986).

SEAWOLVES PICKED 4TH IN GNAC: UAA has been picked to finish 4th in the 10-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference coaches’ poll, released Oct. 23:

2012-13 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll

2012-13 GNAC Coaches Poll  2011-12 Recs., Pl.  Pts    
 1. Seattle Pacific (8)    23-8 (13-5, 3rd)    97
 2. Western Washington (2) 31-5 (16-2, 1st)    90
 3. Central Washington     15-13 (8-10, 6th)   79
 4. Alaska Anchorage       23-7 (15-3, 2nd)    70
 5. Montana State Billings 18-12 (10-8, 5th)   49
 6. Western Oregon         18-10 (11-7, 4th)   41
 7. Northwest Nazarene     12-14 (6-12, 7th)   34
 8. Alaska Fairbanks       5-23 (2-16, 10th)   31
    Saint Martin’s         10-17 (6-12, 8th-T) 31
10. Simon Fraser           8-18 (3-15, 10th)   28

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