Thur., Feb. 7 — 6:30 pm AST Marcus Pavilion — Lacey, WA Alaska Anchorage (14-5, 7-4 GNAC)
at Saint Martin’s (6-12, 2-8 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 9 — 3:15 pm AST New P.E. Building — Monmouth, OR Alaska Anchorage
at Western Oregon (9-9, 4-6 GNAC [2/7 vs UAF])
RADIO: Live on FM-93.7 KAFC
ONLINE: Live video and live stats for both games will be available through 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: Saint Martin’s has dropped four straight and six of its last seven, but will be returning home after a three-game road swing … the Saints, whose GNAC wins came at home over Western Oregon and Simon Fraser, are led by 6-5 Sr. F Roger O’Neill (15.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, .422 3FG) and 6-8 Jr. F Rei Jensen (9.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, .416 FG) … Western Oregon has split its last four games, including a near-upset of then-No. 5 Seattle Pacific on the road two weeks ago … the Wolves, who enter Thursday’s game against UAF with a 4-1 GNAC home record, are led by 6-5 Fr. F Andy Avgi (15.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, .588 FG) and 6-1 Fr. G Devon Alexander (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.6 spg, .829 FT).
ALL-TIME vs SMU: UAA leads 24-6 (7-5 in Lacey) Last Meeting: UAA 74-71 (1/12/13 at UAA) Streak: UAA 4 / Notes: UAA has won 13 of the last 17 meetings overall … the Seawolves are going for their second straight season sweep … UAA leads 17-6 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … first meeting as Div. II programs came in 1977-78.
ALL-TIME vs WOU: UAA leads 16-8 (7-5 in Monmouth) Last Meeting: UAA 82-56 (1/10/13 at UAA) Streak: UAA 6 / Notes: UAA has won 10 of the last 11, including six in a row in Monmouth … WOU’s last home win came 81-76 on Feb. 16, 2006 … WOU’s last win came 76-67, Jan. 23, 2010 in Anchorage … UAA’s current 6-game streak is the longest by either team … UAA leads 16-7 in GNAC meetings … first meeting as Div. II programs came in 1998-99.
LAST TIME VS SMU, WOU: UAA began its current 6-1 run with victories over Western Oregon (82-56) and Saint Martin’s (74-71), Jan. 10 & 12 … in the first game, Jr. G Kyle Fossman scored 21 points (8-12 FG, 5-7 3FG) as UAA won its sixth straight against the Wolves … the Seawolves also got 11 points (5-8 FG) and career-high 5 assists from So. G Teancum Stafford, plus 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3FG) from Sr. F Abebe Demissie … Sr. C Liam Gibcus grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds – including 10 on the offensive end – as six different Seawolves scored 9 points or more … the Seawolves’ 11 team steals were their most against a fellow Div. II opponent this season, and they outrebounded the Wolves 45-18, matching the 10th-fewest rebounds allowed in program history … on Saturday, Jr. G Colton Lauwers scored 15 points (4-5 3FG, 3-3 FT) and Jr. G Mike MacKelvie delivered a big second half off the bench … MacKelvie, who scored all 12 of his points (4-6 FG, 4-5 FT) after halftime, was fouled on a jumper with 18 seconds to go and made one of two at the line, and UAA’s tight defense forced the Saints to miss a pair of shots in the final five seconds … UAA earned the win despite a rough shooting night from Fossman (8 pts, 3-18 FG), but the Haines product did plenty of other things to help, with his 8 rebounds and 6 assists both one shy of matching career-highs; he also had three of UAA’s five steals.
HARD HOME SWEEP: The Seawolves won a lopsided showdown for third place against Central Washington, 98-69, and followed with the narrowest of victories over Northwest Nazarene, 73-72, to sweep its home series last week … on Thursday, Jr. G Kyle Fossman scored 26 points (8-15 FG, 4-6 3FG, 6-6 FT) and grabbed a career-high 9 rebounds as UAA pulled away from CWU midway through the first half … So. G/F Teancum Stafford had 18 points (7-12 FG, 4-6 3FG), Sr. F Abebe Demissie matched his career-high with 18 points (6-8 FG, 3-6 3FG), along with 7 rebounds and a career-best 4 assists, and Fr. PG Jalen Little had 9 points and equaled his UAA season-best with 9 assists … UAA shot a season-best .565 (13-23) from long range to score 49 points in each half … on Saturday, Sr. C Liam Gibcus had 17 points (5-8 FG, 7-7 FT) and 9 rebounds as UAA survived a last-second attempt by NNU … Stafford scored 17 points (6-12 FG, 3-5 3FG), including the game-winning three-point play with just over a minute left, while Fossman tallied all 15 of his points after halftime … Fr. F Christian Leckband had his best game against D-II competition with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals, and Jr. G Colton Lauwers dished a career-high 9 assists.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves’ win over Northwest Nazarene clinched their eighth straight winning season and the 30th in the program’s 36 years … UAA leads the GNAC in a pair of categories — 3FGs made per game (9.8) and assists per game (19.2) — while ranking 2nd in 3FG% (.409), asst.-turnover ratio (1.4), rebounds allowed (30.9), offensive rebounds per game (12.5) and offensive rebound pct. (.386) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves are in the top 15 in four categories — 7th in assists and 3FGs per game, 10th in assist-TO ratio and 13th in 3FG% — while improving to 44th in rebound margin (+4.8) … the Seawolves are 9-1 when outrebounding their opponent and 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better … the CWU game marked UAA’s 23rd straight victory when scoring 80 points or more, dating to start of the 2011-12 season … the Seawolves have won 27 of their last 29 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: Jr. G Kyle Fossman continued his outstanding season by sharing his first career GNAC Red Lion Player of the Week award for his performances against CWU and NNU … the Preseason All-GNAC selection leads UAA and ranks 5th in the league with 15.8 ppg, along with 3.6 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.4 spg … in the other GNAC stats, Fossman is 2nd in both 3FGs per game (2.9) and minutes (36.7), 3rd in FT% (.875), 8th in 3FG% (.451) and 8th in steals … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, he is 10th in 3FG%, plus 20th in both 3FGs per game and FT% … last week, the Haines product increased his streak to 27 straight games with at least one 3FG, tying him with Mark Drake (1/20/02-1/18/03) for the 3rd-longest at UAA … Fossman holds UAA career top-20 ranks of 4th in 3FG% (.463), 4th in FT% (.864) and 14th in 3FGs made (134) … on the single-season lists, he is on pace for 3rd in 3FGs per game, 2nd in minutes per game, 7th in FT% and 13th in 3FG% … Fossman made the all-tournament teams at both the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and the AT&T Jamboree.
A-PLUS AUSSIE: Already having his best season on the court, Sr. C Liam Gibcus added a major academic achievement to his resume last week when he earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors … now a candidate for Academic All-America honors, Gibcus owns a 3.80 overall GPA in civil engineering … on the hardwood, the Aussie is averaging 11.4 ppg and team-highs of 6.3 rpg and .593 FG% … in the GNAC stats, the Aussie now leads the league in FG%, along with ranks of 10th in rebounding, 2nd in offensive rebounding (2.9 orpg) and 12th in FT% (.763), sinking 22 of his last 23 charities … he ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .570, while the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands tied for 11th in games played (104) — set to move into the top 10 this week (106 GP, Chris Hamey, 1995-00) — and 6th in games won (75), just one shy of Seawolf Hall-of-Famer Hansi Gnad (76 games won, 1983-87) … during UAA’s current 6-1 stretch, Gibcus is averaging 12.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg and 1.7 apg, while shooting .576 FG and .917 FT (22-24).
MORE PLAYER NOTES: After missing the UAF game with an injury, So. G Teancum Stafford has returned with four straight double-digit scoring efforts, including 35 points in a pair of wins last week … the transfer from Snow (Utah) College, is averaging 13.1 ppg (14th in GNAC), 4.2 rpg and 2.3 apg … on UAA’s current 3-game win streak, he is putting up 16.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 2.3 apg, while shooting .545 FG and .571 3FG … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in 14 of 18 games so far, was the MVP of the season-opening AT&T Jamboree, and 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 12.4 ppg, 7.7 apg, .402 3FG and .792 FT, while both ranking in the top 40 nationally in assist-turnover ratio … Little has twice dished a UAA season-high 9 assists — in wins over LMU and CWU — and currently ranks 7th in the GNAC in assists (3.8 apg) and 6th in asst.-TO ratio (2.4) … the Colorado native is already No. 3 on UAA’s freshman assists list with 73, needing just three more to catch Jim Hajdukovich (76, 1995-96) … Lauwers dished a career-high 9 assists against NNU to catch Little for 7th in the league at 3.8 apg, while the Dimond High product is also 7th in FT% (.816), 7th in asst.-TO ratio (2.2) and 12th in 3FG% (.414) … Fr. F Christian Leckband missed his career-high by one point when he tallied 12 in Saturday’s win over NNU … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome has started 14 of 19 games this year, currently the 8th-most starts for a Seawolf freshman … currently No. 2 in the GNAC with .500 3FG shooting (22 of 44), he is on pace to break that UAA freshman record (.440, Travis Thompson, 2010-11), while his .518 FG% is 3rd among rookies … Sr. F Abebe Demissie has scored 5 or more points in 13 straight appearances and has tallied double figures eight 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 (4.4 rpg) and ranks 15th in the GNAC with 1.6 3FGs per game … Fr. F Collin Spickerman is 6th in the GNAC with 1.1 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 … Sr. C Chris Weitzel had his most productive performances last week, scoring 8 points on 4-of-4 shooting against CWU, followed by two key rebounds and a steal in the NNU squeaker … the Oregon native had just three field goals on the season prior to Thursday.
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