Thur., Jan. 31 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Central Washington (11-6, 5-4 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (12-5, 5-4 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 2 — 7 pm AST Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK Northwest Nazarene (9-8, 3-6 GNAC [1/31 @UAF])
at Alaska Anchorage
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SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Central Washington is back on the road for the first time in three weeks, having won 2 of 3 on its recent homestand … the Wildcats feature five double-digit scorers, including 6-6 Jr. G Mark McLaughlin (23.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg, .468 FG, .820 FT), who leads the GNAC in scoring by nearly six points per game … the Ellensburg, Wash., squad is also getting a boost from 6-1 Sr. G Jordan Coby (11.0 ppg, .375 3FG, .829 FT) and 6-4 Sr. G/F Brandon Magee (10.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, .491 FG) … Northwest Nazarene has dropped four straight since an 85-75 win at Simon Fraser on Jan. 10 … the Crusaders, from Nampa, Idaho, are led by 6-2 Sr. G Kenny Jones (15.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.8 apg) and 6-3 Sr. G Jonathan Hawkins (12.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, .369 3FG, .938 FT).
ALL-TIME vs CWU: UAA leads 15-13 (8-4 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: CWU 81-72 (1/5/13 at CWU) Streak: CWU 1 / Notes: This will be the 8th meeting in the last three seasons, including a pair of GNAC Tournament contests … CWU has not swept the regular-season series since 2005-06 … CWU has won 2 of the last 3 in Anchorage … the Seawolves won 99-62 at home last season … UAA leads 13-10 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … series started in 1978-79 (82-70 UAA win) but did not resume until 1999-00.
ALL-TIME vs NNU: UAA leads 14-10 (8-4 in Anchorage) Last Meeting: NNU 61-60 (1/3/13 at NNU) / Streak: NNU 1 / Notes: NNU snapped a 4-game losing streak against UAA with its win in Idaho on Jan. 3 … UAA has won 2 straight at home vs NNU, including an 85-62 decision last season … UAA leads 13-10 in GNAC meetings … first Div. II meeting between schools was Feb. 3, 2001 as members of the Pac West.
LAST TIME VS CWU/NNU: In their first road games of the season, the Seawolves lost 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 … Fr. F Christian Leckband added 8 points (3-4 FG), while Lauwers had a career-best 3 steals … in Ellensburg, Fossman scored a game-high 24 points (7-13 FG, 4-9 3FG, 6-6 FT), but then-No. 25 UAA 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
ROAD TRIP RECAP: The Seawolves forged a split on the road last week, challenging defending NCAA champion Western Washington in a 75-62 loss on Jan. 24 and defeating Simon Fraser 86-66 on Jan. 26 … on Thursday, Sr. C Liam Gibcus scored 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-3 FT) and grabbed 7 rebounds as UAA forged a 32-25 halftime lead before falling to the 2nd-ranked Vikings … So. G Teancum Stafford had 11 points, Jr. G Kyle Fossman tallied 10 points and dished 4 assists, and Jr. G Colton Lauwers tied for game-high honors with 5 assists … two days later in Canada, Gibcus and Fossman led a balanced scoring attack with 16 points apiece to pull away against the Clan … the Seawolves also got 13 points each from Lauwers and Stafford as they pulled into a tie for 3rd place tie at the midway point of the GNAC schedule … UAA’s starters outscored their counterparts 63-35, led by hot shooting from Lauwers (4-4 FG, 3-3 3FG, 2-2 FT) and Stafford (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), who tied Gibcus with 7 rebounds … Gibcus also shot 6 of 6 at the FT stripe to lead UAA to season-best .889 FT% (16-18) … UAA also got a big lift off the bench from Sr. F Abebe Demissie and Fr. F Collin Spickerman, who scored 8 points apiece and combined for 9 boards … UAA remains unbeaten in eight all-time meetings against SFU, including all five since the Clan joined the GNAC in 2010-11.
TEAM NOTES: UAA leads the GNAC in 3FGs made per game with 9.6 per contest, while ranking 2nd in assists (18.6 apg), asst.-turnover ratio (1.4), rebounds allowed (31.2) and offensive rebounds (12.8) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves are in the top 20 in four categories — 10th in assists and 3FGs per game, 11th in assist-TO ratio and 19th in 3FG% — while improving to 46th in rebound margin (+4.8) … with the win at SFU, UAA improved to 10-2 when leading at halftime and 6-1 when outrebounding its opponent … it also marked UAA’s 22nd straight victory when scoring 80 points or more, dating to start of the 2011-12 season … the Seawolves have won 25 of their last 27 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the only losses coming to eventual NCAA champ Western Washington last season and then-No. 13 SPU this year … UAA’s 7-1 start equaled the best 8-game record in program history, joining the 1986-87 squad that started 12-1 … 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 18 opponent rebounds by both WOU (Jan. 10) and SFU (Jan. 26) tied for the 10th-fewest allowed by a Seawolf club … 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.
FOSS EVERY DAY: A Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. G Kyle Fossman has responded to expectations with averages of 15.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.4 spg … in the GNAC rankings, Fossman ranks 8th in scoring, 2nd in both 3FGs per game (2.8) and minutes (36.4), 4th in FT% (.864), 9th in 3FG% (.440) and 11th in steals … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, he is 16th in 3FG%, 29th in 3FGs per game and 35th in FT% … last week, the Haines product increased his streak to 25 straight games with at least one 3FG, bringing him within two games of Mark Drake (1/20/02-1/18/03) for 3rd place on the Seawolf list … Fossman holds several UAA career top-20 ranks of 4th in 3FG% (.457), 4th in FT% (.856) and 14th in 3FGs made (127) … on the single-season lists, he is on pace for 3rd in 3FGs per game, 2nd in minutes per game, 11th in FT% and 18th in 3FG% … Fossman made the all-tournament teams at both the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and the AT&T Jamboree.
ACCURATE AUSSIE: After backing up All-American Taylor Rohde the past two seasons, Sr. C Liam Gibcus has come into his own as a starter, averaging 11.3 ppg and team-highs of 6.3 rpg and .595 FG% … in the GNAC stats, the Aussie is 2nd in FG%, 12th in rebounding, 2nd in offensive rebounding (3.0 orpg) and 18th in FT% (.735) … he ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .570, while the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands 13th in games played (102) and tied for 6th in games won (73), catching former teammate Lonnie Ridgeway (2007-09, 10-12) on Saturday … during UAA’s current 4-1 stretch, Gibcus is averaging 13.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 2.2 apg, while shooting .565 FG and .867 FT (13-15).
MORE PLAYER NOTES: After missing the UAF game with an injury, So. G Teancum Stafford returned with double-digit scoring efforts at WWU and SFU … the transfer from Snow (Utah) College, is averaging 12.6 ppg (16th in GNAC), 4.1 rpg and 2.3 apg … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in 12 of 16 games so far, shooting .468 from the field … 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 Jr. G Kyle 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 12.9 ppg, 7.0 apg, .409 3FG and .774 FT, while both ranking in the top 40 nationally in assist-turnover ratio … Little, who dished a UAA season-high 9 assists in the win over Loyola Marymount, currently ranks 10th in the GNAC in assists (3.6 apg) and 5th in asst.-TO ratio (2.3) … Lauwers is 9th in the GNAC in FT% (.822) and ranks 7th in asst.-TO ratio (2.2), 11th in assists (3.4 apg) and 3FG% (.426), and 13th in 3FGs per game (1.7) … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie has shown a well-rounded arsenal since donning a Seawolf uniform, averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game … the Eastern Arizona transfer has scored double figures five times, including 12 points (4-6 FG) in the win over St. Martin’s … Fr. F Collin Spickerman is 4th in the GNAC with 1.4 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 20, putting him just one behind Hansi Gnad (21, 1983-84) for 2nd place on the program’s rookie list … Spickerman’s per-game average also ranks 10th on UAA’s single-season list … Sr. F Abebe Demissie has scored 5 or more points in 11 straight appearances and has tallied double figures seven times this year … the Seattle (Rainier Beach HS) product had his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at UAF on Jan. 29, setting a career-high for boards against a D-II opponent … Demissie is UAA’s 2nd-leading rebounder (4.3 rpg) and ranks 17th in the GNAC with 1.6 3FGs per game.
LECKBAND GRANTED YEAR: The Seawolves got good news recently when as the Great Northwest Athletic Conference granted a medical hardship redshirt to forward Christian Leckband, whose eligibility now reverts back to freshman status … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome has started 12 of 17 games this year and currently leads the GNAC in 3FG% at .528 (19 of 36) … after averaging just 1.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg and 0.7 assists over the first 3 games, Leckband has picked up his cumulative numbers to 5.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 1.4 apg … he is the team’s 2nd-best FG% shooter (.537), while his current 3FG% has him on pace to threaten Chris Hamey’s school-record of .560 (28-50) from 1997-98.
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