'Nooks come south for Saturday showdown
Sat., Feb. 16 — 7 pm AST
Wells Fargo Sports Complex — Anchorage, AK
Alaska Fairbanks (13-8, 8-5 GNAC)
at Alaska Anchorage (15-6, 8-5 GNAC)
MEDIA DETAILS …
RADIO: Live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC
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UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Colton Lauwers, 6-3/215, Jr. (6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.6 apg, .414 3FG, .824 FT)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (15.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 36.5 mpg, .447 3FG, .868 FT)
G—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (13.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, .471 FG, .402 3FG, .722 FT)
F—Christian Leckband, 6-7/205, Fr. (6.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, .489 FG, .460 3FG)
C—Liam Gibcus, 6-10/245, Sr. (11.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, .576 FG, .750 FT)
SCOUTING THE NANOOKS: Alaska Fairbanks has been a streaky squad, sandwiching a 6-game winning streak (Dec. 1-Jan. 12) between two 3-game losing skids (Nov. 23-29, Jan. 19-26) … last week, the Nanooks swept Western Oregon and Saint Martin’s by a combined four points to improve their road record to 4-2 and pull into a 3rd-place tie with UAA in the GNAC standings … UAF is led by a trio of double-digit scorers, with 6-2 Sr. G Dominique Brinson (13.1 ppg, 2.6 apg, .398 3FG, .860 FT), 5-11 Jr. PG Pat Voeut (12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.5 spg, .470 FG, .836 FT) and 6-11 Jr. C Sergej Pucar (10.7 ppg, 7.3 rpg, .453 3FG).
ALL-TIME vs UAF: UAA leads 71-21 (40-5 at UAA)
Last Meeting: UAA 65-60 (1/19/13 at UAF) / Streak: UAA 14 / Notes: UAA has matched the longest streak in series history at 14 (accomplished first by the Seawolves from Jan. 20, 1990 to Feb. 25, 1995), although the last three games have been decided by six points or less … UAA has won nine straight at home (68-62 last year) since a 73-70 loss, Feb. 22, 2003 … UAF’s last win overall was 76-73, in Fairbanks, Jan. 28, 2006 … … UAA leads 18-5 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) and 41-9 since 1990 … teams have met at least twice each year since both becoming NCAA Div. II programs in 1977-78.
LAST TIME VS UAF: Powered by big nights from seniors Sr. C Liam Gibcus (18 pts, 6 rebounds, career-high 6 assists) and Sr. F Abebe Demissie (17 pts, career-high-tying 10 rebounds, 4-8 FG, 2-4 3FG, 7-8 FT), UAA rallied for a 65-60 victory over Alaska Fairbanks at the Patty Center on Jan. 19 … the Seawolves also got 11 points from Jr. G Kyle Fossman — who played 40 minutes for the fifth time this season — as they won despite the absence of injured So. G Teancum Stafford, the team’s 2nd-leading scorer … UAA trailed 32-25 at halftime before rallying for a 14th straight victory in the rivalry … Gibcus scored 14 of his points after the break, outscoring the Nanooks 8-1 in a two-minute span that gave UAA the lead for good … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie provided a spark off the bench with 7 points (3-5 FG) and 7 rebounds as UAA won its 7th straight in Fairbanks.
SMU/WOU RECAP: The Seawolves earned a split of their GNAC road series last week, losing 60-52 at Saint Martin’s (Feb. 7) and winning 79-73 Western Oregon (Feb. 9) in a pair of games that were both decided in the last 5 minutes … on Thursday, So. G Teancum Stafford tallied his first career double-double with 20 points (6-14 FG, 5-6 3FG, 3-4 FT) and 10 rebounds, along with 3 blocks, but the Seawolves were outscored 12-2 down the stretch by the Saints … Jr. G Kyle Fossman had 13 points, while Sr. C Liam Gibcus had 6 points and a game-high 11 rebounds in the loss … on Saturday, UAA bounced back with a solid 2nd half as Stafford had 17 points (6-14 FG, 3-5 FT) and 4 rebounds, and the Seawolves finished the game with a 14-5 run to win for the seventh straight time over WOU … Fossman was nearly perfect with 15 points (4-5 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-4 FT), 3 assists and just one turnover, and Sr. F Abebe Demissie tallied 15 points (5-8 FG, 4-7 3FG) — including the go-ahead three-pointer with 3:39 left — and dished 3 steals with no turnovers … Fr. PG Jalen Little got his first career starting assignment and spearheaded the offense with 6 points, 5 assists, no turnovers and 2 steals.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves have 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 (9.7) and assists per game (18.6) — while ranking 2nd in 3FG% (.408), asst.-turnover ratio (1.4) and rebounds allowed per game (31.8) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves are in the top 15 in four categories — 7th in assists and 3FGs per game, 11th in assist-TO ratio and 13th in 3FG% … the Seawolves are 9-2 when outrebounding their opponent and 4-0 when shooting 50 percent or better … with the WOU win, UAA also improved to 6-2 in games decided by 6 or fewer points … the CWU home 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 leads UAA and ranks 6th in the GNAC with 15.6 ppg, along with 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.4 spg … in the other GNAC stats, the preseason all-league pick is 2nd in both 3FGs per game (2.8) and minutes (36.5), 3rd in FT% (.869), and 9th in both 3FG% (.447) and steals (1.4) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, he is 11th in 3FG%, 27th in FT% and 29th in 3FGs per game … last week, the Haines product increased his streak to 29 straight games with at least one 3FG, bringing him three shy of Jim Hajdukovich (32, 11/8/96-11/27/97) for the 2nd-longest at UAA … Fossman holds UAA career top-20 ranks of 4th in 3FG% (.458) and FT% (.861), and tied for 13th in 3FGs made (138); he needs eight more treys to move into the top 10 … on the single-season lists, he is on pace for 3rd in 3FGs per game, 2nd in minutes per game, 10th in FT% and 15th 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 recently 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 11.0 ppg and team-highs of 6.5 rpg and .576 FG% … in the GNAC stats, the Aussie leads the league in FG%, along with ranks of 10th in rebounding, 2nd in offensive rebounding (2.9 orpg) and 13th in FT% (.750), sinking 25 of his last 28 charities … he ranks No. 7 on UAA’s career FG% list at .563, while the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands tied for 10th in games played (106), and tied for 5th in games won (76) — just one shy of former teammate and fellow Australian Steve White (77 games won, 2008-12) for 4th.
MORE PLAYER NOTES: After missing the first UAF game with an injury, So. G Teancum Stafford has returned with six straight double-digit scoring efforts, including 72 points in the last four games … the Snow (UT) College transfer has moved up to 11th in the GNAC scoring race and ranks 2nd on the team in rebounding (4.2 rpg), while dishing 2.3 assists per game … on UAA’s current 4-1 stretch, he is putting up 17.0 ppg and 6.0 rpg, and shooting .519 (14 of 27) on 3FGs … the Auburn, Wash., native has scored double figures in 16 of 20 games so far and has a current streak of eight straight games with at least one 3FG … Stafford 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 11.7 ppg, 7.3 apg, .398 3FG and .794 FT, … 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 5th in asst.-TO ratio (2.4) … with 5 assists in the win at WOU, the Colorado native moved up last week to No. 2 on UAA’s freshman assists list with 79, while his .765 FT% is also currently ranks 2nd … Lauwers matched Little with a career-high 9 assists against NNU and now sits 10th in the league at 3.5 apg … the Dimond High product is also 7th in the GNAC in FT% (.824), 7th in asst.-TO ratio (2.1) and 12th in 3FG% (.414) … Fr. F Christian Leckband is also rising up the UAA freshman charts, currently on pace to set the rookie record for 3FG% at .460 … on the other freshman lists, the redshirt is 6th in FG% (.489), t-8th in 3FGs made (23) and tied for 5th in games started (16) … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome ranks 5th in the GNAC with his .489 3FG% … Sr. F Abebe Demissie tallied double figures for the ninth time this season when he scored 15 points in UAA’s win at WOU, matching his career-high with four 3FGs … the Seattle (Rainier Beach HS) product had his second career double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds at UAF on Jan. 29, and he is currently working on a string of 15 straight games with at least one 3FG … Demissie is UAA’s 2nd-leading rebounder (4.5 rpg) and ranks 14th in the GNAC with 1.7 3FGs per game … Fr. F Collin Spickerman is 6th in the GNAC with 1.0 blocks per game, having paced the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with 8 swats … the Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS) product is 3rd on UAA’s freshman list for blocks with 20, putting him just one behind Hansi Gnad (21, 1983-84) for 2nd place.
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