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Men look to bounce back vs. WOU, SMU

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 01/08/2013
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL…

Thur., Jan. 10 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Western Oregon (7-4, 2-1 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (8-4, 1-3 GNAC)
&
Sat., Jan. 12 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Saint Martin’s (5-6, 1-2 GNAC [1/10 @UAF])
at Alaska Anchorage

MEDIA DETAILS … 
TV: Catch the delayed telecast at 11 p.m. each night on KCFT (GCI Ch. 19)
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).

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Colton Lauwers, 6-3/215, Jr. (7.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, .362 3FG, .824 FT)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (16.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 36.3 mpg, .493 3FG, .895 FT)
G—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (13.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, .471 FG, .346 3FG, .737 FT)
F—Christian Leckband, 6-7/205, So. (5.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, .521 FG, .545 3FG)
C—Liam Gibcus, 6-10/245, Sr. (10.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 0.8 bpg, .605 FG, .676 FT)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Western Oregon put together a 6-game winning streak from Nov. 16-Dec. 1, finishing with a 118-113 3OT home win over Central Washington … the Wolves have played only one game since Dec. 13, losing a 71-59 road contest to Saint Martin’s last week … WOU features four double-digit scorers, led by 6-5 Fr. F Andy Avgi (19.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, .634 FG, .754 FT) and 6-1 Fr. G Devon Alexander (12.4 ppg, 2.1 apg, 2.8 spg, .880 FT) … Saint Martin’s has not had a winning or losing streak longer than two games this year … the Saints, who are playing their first GNAC road series, are led by 6-5 Sr. F Roger O’Neill (15.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.6 apg, .500 FG) and 6-8 Jr. F Rei Jensen (11.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .467 FG).

ALL-TIME vs WOU: UAA leads 15-8 (8-3 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 83-70 (2/18/12 at UAA)
   Streak: UAA 5 / Notes: UAA has won nine of the last 10 overall … the current streak is the longest by either team … WOU’s last win came 76-67, Jan. 23, 2010 in Anchorage …  UAA leads 15-7 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) … first meeting as Div. II programs came in 1998-99.

ALL-TIME vs SMU: UAA leads 23-6 (16-1 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 81-59 (2/16/12 at UAA)
   Streak: UAA 3 / Notes: UAA has won 12 of the last 16 meetings overall … UAA has won eight straight in Anchorage since SMU’s only win (79-76) on Jan. 15, 2005 … UAA leads 16-6 in GNAC regular-season meetings … first meeting as Div. II programs came in 1978-79.

ROUGH ROAD: The Seawolves took to the road for the first time this season, losing a pair of games in the final 30 seconds at Northwest Nazarene (61-60) and Central Washington (81-72), Jan. 3 and Jan. 5 … in the first game, Sr. C Liam Gibcus had team-highs of 15 points (5-6 FG, 5-7 FT) and 7 rebounds, but Jr. G Kyle Fossman’s three-pointer was blocked at the buzzer as UAA came up one point short … the Seawolves also got 10 points apiece from Fossman and Jr. G Colton Lauwers as their 4-game winning streak over NNU came to an end … So. F Christian Leckband added 8 points (3-4 FG), while Lauwers had a career-best 3 steals … on Saturday,  Fossman scored a game-high 24 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3FG, 6-6 FT), but the 25th-ranked Seawolves could not complete a huge rally against the Wildcats at Nicholson Pavilion … UAA also got a career-high 9 points (3-3 FG), plus 5 rebounds and 3 blocks from Fr. F Collin Spickerman as they erased a 20-point second-half deficit, only to have CWU record the final nine points … Sr. F Abebe Demissie and Leckband added 8 points apiece.

TEAM NOTES: UAA leads the GNAC in 3FGs made per game with 9.3 per contest, while ranking 2nd in assists (18.6 apg) and asst.-turnover ratio (1.4) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves are in the top 50 in four categories — 13th in assists, 12th in asst.-TO ratio, 14th in 3FGs per game and 35th in blocks (4.1 bpg)  …UAA’s 7-1 start equaled the best 8-game record in program history, joining the 1986-87 squad that started 12-1 … UAA was a perfect 7-0 when leading at halftime before its loss Thursday at NW Nazarene (led 30-28 at half) … the 111-81 win over Northwest Indian on Dec. 15 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 16.1 ppg (.495 FG, .493 3FG, .895 FT), 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg and 1.4 spg … Fossman is maintaining a razor-thin lead over former All-GNAC performer Kemmy Burgess (.475, 2003-06) as UAA’s career 3FG% leader, currently at .486 … he has also moved up to 16th in 3FGs made with 115, needing just four more to move into the top 15 … he is also 4th on UAA’s career FT% list at .874 … with 51 of 57 free-throw shooting, the Haines product has already easily surpassed his career production from his first two seasons (32 of 38) … Fossman is tied for the GNAC lead with 3.0 3FGs made per game, plus 4th in scoring, 3rd in FT%, 6th in 3FG%, 2nd in minutes played (36.3) and 9th in steals … after backing up All-American Taylor Rohde the past two seasons, Sr. C Liam Gibcus has come into his own as a starter, averaging 10.6 ppg and team-highs of 5.8 rpg and .605 FG% … in the GNAC stats, the Aussie is 4th in FG%, 13th in blocks (0.8 bpg), 15th in rebounding and 5th in offensive rebounding (2.6 orpg) … he ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .568, while the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands 16th in games played (95) and is 9th in games won (69), needing just two more victories to reach No. 7 … So. G Teancum Stafford has made an big impact since transferring from Snow (Utah) College, averaging 13.2 ppg (15th in GNAC), 4.0 rpg and 2.1 apg … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in nine of 12 games so far, shooting .471 from the field and .346 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 12.8 ppg, 7.2 apg, .359 3FG and .783 FT … Little dished a UAA season-high 9 assists in the win over Loyola Marymount and currently ranks 9th in the GNAC in assists (3.8 apg) and 5th in asst.-TO ratio (2.4) … Lauwers is 10th in the GNAC in FT% (.824) and ranks 7th in asst.-TO ratio (2.2) and 12th in assists (3.4 apg) … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie has shown a  well-rounded arsenal since donning a Seawolf uniform, averaging 7.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, ranking among the top four on the team in all three categories … the Eastern Arizona transfer has dished at least two assists in seven of his 11 games played … Fr. F Collin Spickerman leads 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 3rd on UAA’s freshman list for blocks with 19, putting him just two behind Hansi Gnad (21, 1983-84) for 2nd place and on pace to challenge the program’s rookie record (51 by Stefan Arntz, 1991-92) … Sr. F Abebe Demissie has scored 6 or more points in six straight appearances and has tallied double figures four times this year … the Seattle (Rainier Beach HS) product had his best effort of the season with 12 points and 5 rebounds in UAA’s win over LMU in the Shootout … 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 5.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.4 apg over the last nine contests … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome has also proven one of UAA’s top shooters at .521 from the field and .545 (12 of 22) from long range … Leckband is making his debut this season after missing his rookie campaign with a hand injury.

INJURY REPORT: The Seawolves have no major injuries.

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
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
All-AT&T Jamboree Team, 11/10
Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game vs UC Riverside, 11/23
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

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