Thur., Jan. 3 — 5 pm AST Johnson Sports Center — Nampa, ID #25 Alaska Anchorage (8-2, 1-1 GNAC)
at Northwest Nazarene (7-3, 1-1 GNAC)
Sat., Jan. 5 — 6 pm AST Nicholson Pavilion — Ellensburg, WA #25 Alaska Anchorage
at Central Washington (7-3, 1-1 GNAC [1/3 vs UAF])
MEDIA DETAILS … RADIO: Live on FM-93.7 KAFC ONLINE: Both games will feature free live video and live stats via Stretch Internet. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and click on the ‘Live Video’ link in the upper right-hand corner … follow Seawolf Athletics as well on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves).
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Northwest Nazarene split its initial GNAC encounters on the road, losing 92-84 at Western Oregon and beating Saint Martin’s 66-65 in overtime … the Crusaders, who are 3-3 against Div. II competition, are led by 6-2 Sr. G Kenny Jones (17.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.8 apg, 2.0 spg, .792 FT) — a UCLA transfer — and 6-3 Sr. G Jonathan Hawkins (13.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, .379 3FG, .970 FT) … Central Washington has suffered all three of its losses in heartbreaking fashion, including overtime decisions to Azusa Pacific and at Western Oregon (3OT), plus an 86-84 neutral-court setback to Central Oklahoma … the Wildcats, who have West Region wins at BYU-Hawaii and Saint Martin’s, are led by 6-6 Jr. G Mark McLaughlin (23.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 spg, .831 FT) and 6-4 Sr. G/F Brandon Magee (12.3 ppg, 6.9 rpg, .520 FG).
ALL-TIME vs NNU: UAA leads 14-9 (6-5 in Nampa) Last Meeting: UAA 81-64 (1/26/12 at NNU) / Streak: UAA 4 / Notes: UAA is trying to match its longest winning streak in the series, accomplished twice before … NNU won 4 in a row prior to UAA’s current 4-game streak … UAA leads 13-9 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … first Div. II meeting between schools was Feb. 3, 2001 as members of the Pac West.
ALL-TIME vs CWU: UAA leads 15-12 (CWU leads 8-6 in Ellensburg) Last Meeting: UAA 93-81 (3/2/12 at SMU) / Streak: UAA 3 / Notes: UAA earned the regular-season sweep over CWU last year and went on to beat the Wildcats in the GNAC Tournament semifinals in Lacey, Wash. … the teams have met for 3 games in each of the past two seasons, thanks to the addition of the GNAC Tourney … UAA has won 3 straight regular-season games in Ellensburg, including 82-65 last season … UAA leads 13-9 in GNAC regular-season meetings … series started in 1978-79 (82-70 UAA win) but did not resume until 1999-00.
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA NNU CWU*
Overall Record 8-2 7-3 7-3
Conference Record 1-1 1-1 1-1
UAA Road/Opp. Home 0-0 4-0 2-0
Points per Game 78.7 73.6 93.6
Points Allowed/Game 69.2 68.5 84.5
Rebounding Diff. +2.7 +6.5 +2.9
Assists per Game 19.8 13.6 13.7
Turnovers per Game 14.3 16.8 14.0
Steals per Game 5.5 8.4 9.8
Blocks per Game 4.4 4.4 2.3
FG% .465 .447 .463
3-pt FG% .398 .350 .355
FT% .723 .750 .740
*Plays Thursday vs UAF
SEAWOLVES DOWN EAGLES: The Seawolves played their final non-conference game Dec. 15 when they beat Northwest Indian College 111-81 in at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … Jr. G Kyle Fossman had career-highs of 28 points, 9 rebounds and 7 steals as UAA got 12 or more points from all of its starters … Fossman tied for the 4th-most steals in program history, coming two shy of Tyrone Jones’ school record of 9 in a game; it marked the most steals for a Seawolf since Jim Hajdukovich had 7 on Jan. 31, 1998 against Seattle Pacific … So. G Teancum Stafford added 22 points and the Seawolves also got double-doubles from Sr. C Liam Gibcus (career-high 25 pts, 10-15 FG, 11 reb) and So. F Christian Leckband (13 pts, 10 reb).
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 is tied for the GNAC lead in 3FGs per game with Western Washington, averaging 9.4 per contest … the Seawolves rank 2nd in assists (19.8 apg), asst.-turnover ratio (1.4), blocks (4.4 bpg) and offensive rebound percentage (.370) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats (last updated Dec. 16), the Seawolves are in the top 50 in six categories, including 16th in assists, 21st in asst.-TO ratio and 26th in blocks … UAA is a perfect 7-0 when leading at halftime this year and holds the rare distinction of winning 5 of 6 games when being outrebounded … the 111-81 win over Northwest Indian marked UAA’s 20th straight victory when scoring 80 points or more, dating to start of the 2011-12 season … the Seawolves have won 23 of their last 25 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 15.9 ppg (.524 FG, .526 3FG, .878 FT), 3.9 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.7 spg … Fossman is maintaining a slight lead over former All-GNAC performer Kemmy Burgess (.474, 2003-06) as UAA’s career 3FG% leader, currently at .482 … he has also moved up to 16th in 3FGs made with 109, recently passing currently redshirting teammate Travis Thompson … he is also 4th on UAA’s career FT% list at .862 … with 43 of 49 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 6th in scoring and FT%, 5th in 3FG%, and 2nd in 3FGs per game (3.0) minutes played (36.2) … after backing up All-American Taylor Rohde the past two seasons, Sr. C Liam Gibcus is coming into his own as a starter, averaging 10.8 ppg and team-highs of 6.1 rpg and .584 FG … in the GNAC stats, the Aussie is 6th in FG%, 13th in blocks (0.8 bpg), 16th in rebounding and 3rd in offensive rebounding (2.9 orpg) … he ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .561, while the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands 17th in games played (93) and is 9th in games won (69), needing just two more victories to reach No. 7 … So. G Teancum Stafford has made an immediate impact since transferring from Snow (Utah) College, averaging 14.9 ppg (10th in GNAC), 4.4 rpg and 2.3 apg … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in nine of 10 games so far, shooting .495 from the field and .375 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 13.1 ppg, 7.5 apg, .363 3FG and .814 FT … Little dished a UAA season-high 9 assists in the win over Loyola Marymount and currently ranks 7th in the GNAC in both assists (4.0 apg) and asst.-TO ratio (2.2) … Lauwers is 7th in the GNAC in FT% at .862 and ranks 7th in assist-turnover ratio (2.5) and 12th in assists (3.5 apg) … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie has shown an incredibly well-rounded game arsenal since donning a Seawolf uniform, averaging 7.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, with solid shooting percentages of .429 FG, .417 3FG and .773 FT … the Eastern Arizona transfer is averaging 9.4 ppg in his last five appearances, and he has dished at least two assists in seven of his nine games played … Fr. F Collin Spickerman is 2nd in the GNAC with 1.7 blocks per game, having paced the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with 8 swats … the Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS) product is already 5th on UAA’s freshman list for blocks with 15, putting him on early pace to challenge 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 5.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.5 apg over the last seven contests … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome has also proven one of UAA’s top shooters, connecting at 50 pct. overall (19 of 38) and 3FG range (8 of 16) … Leckband is making his debut this season after missing his rookie campaign with a hand injury.
INJURY REPORT: Jr. F Stephan Heard has missed the last three games with a foot injury; he is questionable for this week to return for the NWIC games … Sr. F Abebe Demissie missed the NW Indian game with a minor injury; he is probable for this week.
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
2012-13 SEAWOLF INDIVIDUAL HONORS Kyle Fossman
Preseason All-GNAC Team, 10/23
AT&T Jamboree Player of the Game vs Colorado Christian, 11/9
All-AT&T Jamboree Team, 11/10
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, 11/24 Liam Gibcus
All-AT&T Jamboree Team, 11/10 Jalen Little
Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game vs UC Riverside, 11/23 Teancum Stafford
AT&T Jamboree Player of the Game vs CSU-Pueblo, 11/10
AT&T Jamboree Most Outstanding Player, 11/10
Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game vs Loyola Marymount, 11/24
Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team, 11/24