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Sophomore transfer Brian McGill averaged 17.3 points per game in UAA's three exhibition contests.
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Release: 11/05/2013
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL ...

at CCA Division II Tip-Off Classic
Anaheim Convention Center — Anaheim, Calif.
(Times AST)
Friday, Nov. 8 — 5:15 pm
Alaska Anchorage (0-0) vs Lindenwood (0-0)
Saturday, Nov. 9 — 8 am
Alaska Anchorage vs #5 Minnesota State
Sunday, Nov. 10 — 7:30 pm
Alaska Anchorage vs Cal State Dominguez Hills

RADIO: Live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC

LIVE STATS: Find links on the Men’s Basketball schedule page at GoSeawolves.com

ONLINE: All UAA home games feature free live video and live stats. Surf to GoSeawolves.com and follow the links in the upper right-hand corner … follow Seawolf Athletics as well on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves).

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (stats/notes)
G—Brian McGill, 6-2/185, So. (4.2 ppg, 1.8 apg, .450 3FG, .800 FT in ‘11-12 at W. Oregon)
G—Travis Thompson, 6-1/185, Jr. (11.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.9 apg, .476 3FG, .846 FT in ’11-12)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (14.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 36.2 mpg, .445 3FG, .854 FT)
F—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, .467 FG, .410 3FG, .762 FT)
C—Brad Mears, 6-9/230, Jr. (transfer from Snow [UT] College)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Lindenwood, from St. Charles, Mo., returns eight letterwinners from last year’s 19-7 team that finished third in the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletic Association … the Lions are led by Jr. F Garrett Reeg (10.9 ppg, 6.0 rpg, .589 FG) and Sr. G Tyler Ressel (8.6 ppg, .404 3FG) … nationally 5th-ranked Minnesota State, located in Mankato, returns four starters and eight total letterwinners from a squad that went 28-5, won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title and advanced to the ‘Sweet 16’ … the Mavericks are led by Jr. F Assem Marei (13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg, .556 FG) and 6-3 Jr. G Zach Monaghan (11.8 ppg, 5.6 apg, .824 FT) … West Region foe Cal State Dominguez Hills is picked fifth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association preseason poll … coming off a 16-14 campaign, the Toros feature All-CCAA 2nd Team Sr. F DeShaun Freeman (10.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, .461 FG) and Sr. F Givon Crump (11.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, .838 FT).

ALL-TIME vs LINDENWOOD: First meeting
ALL-TIME vs MINN. ST.: UAA leads 2-0 (0-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: UAA 71-62 (12/14/85 at UAA) / Notes: UAA swept a back-to-back set vs MSU, Dec. 13-14, 1985 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … UAA won the first meeting 73-66.
ALL-TIME vs CSUDH: UAA leads 2-1 (1-0 neutral)
Last Meeting: UAA 68-65, 2OT (3-6-87 at Billings, MT) / Notes: The last meeting came in the first round of the 1987 NCAA Tournament … the teams split a back-to-back series in Anchorage, with UAA winning 87-80 on Jan. 14, 1979, and CSUDH prevailing 83-82 the next night.

BRIEF SEASON PREVIEW: The Seawolves return four letterwinners, including four starters, from last season’s 18-9 squad … UAA will feature a trio of preseason all-conference performers with Sr. G Kyle Fossman, Jr. G Travis Thompson and Jr. G/F Teancum Stafford, while So. PG Brian McGill is expected to make a major impact after sitting last year as a transfer form Western Oregon … also back are Sr. G Colton Lauwers and So. F Christian Leckband, while Jr. G Boomer Blossom returns to the program after at year of JC ball … Jr. C Brad Mears (Snow [Utah] College) leads a group of four newcomers who hope to make an impact.

EXHIBITION RECAP: UAA finished the preseason with a 1-2 exhibition record, beating the Seawolf Alumni 120-91 on Oct. 25, before suffering road defeats at Div. I Brigham Young (99-68) on Nov. 2 at NAIA The Master’s (90-78) on Nov. 4 … against the alumni, Jr. G Travis Thompson scored 34 points and So. PG Brian McGill debuted with 23 points and 9 assists as UAA pulled away early in the second half … UAA also got 20 points, 8 assists and no turnovers from Sr. G Kyle Fossman … against the Div. I Cougars — picked second in the West Coast Conference — UAA held an early 10-4 lead but could not maintain its momentum … Thompson again led the way with 14 points, while Sr. G Colton Lauwers and McGill scored 11 points apiece, and Fossman added 10 points and 4 rebounds … at NAIA foe The Master’s, McGill led the way with 18 points and Lauwers had 14 points and a team-high 7 rebounds, but the Seawolves played catchup most of the night …  Jr. G/F Teancum Stafford and Jr. C Brad Mears posted identical lines of 8 points and 5 rebounds in the final warm-up game.

2012-13 SEASON RECAP: UAA earned its eighth straight winning season with an 18-9 overall record in 2012-13, just missing its third straight NCAA Tournament berth … the Seawolves finished third — behind two teams ranked top-5 nationally — in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference standings with an 11-7 mark … UAA equaled its best-ever finish in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout in fourth place, defeating Div. I programs UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount, while posting season sweeps of longtime rivals Alaska Fairbanks and Montana State Billings … Jr. G Kyle Fossman was a First Team All-GNAC selection, So. G/G Teancum Stafford was Second Team All-GNAC, and Sr. C Liam Gibcus earned honorable mention status.

ALL-CONFERENCE TRIO: Sr. G Kyle Fossman, Jr. G/F Teancum Stafford and Jr. G Travis Thompson were among 16 players named Oct. 17 to the 2013-14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team … Fossman and Stafford were both unanimous selections in balloting by the league’s 10 head coaches, while Thompson’s inclusion gave UAA a tie for the most honorees, along with three apiece from Seattle Pacific and Central Washington … Fossman was a First Team All-GNAC performer last season, leading the Seawolves with 14.8 points per game … the Haines native posted top-5 GNAC ranks in 3FGs/gm (2.6, 2nd), minutes/gm (36.2, 3rd), 3FG% (.445, 5th) and FT% (.854, 5th)  … Stafford was a Second Team All-GNAC pick in his first season as a Seawolf, tallying 14.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.2 apg, scoring double figures in 22 of his 26 appearances, including a streak of 12 straight games to end the season … Thompson earned Second Team All-GNAC honors as a sophomore in 2011-12 before redshirting last season … the local Dimond High School product led the GNAC with 47.6 percent three-point shooting and a 2.7-to-1 assist-turnover ratio two years ago, while helping that squad to a 23-7 record and a second-round NCAA berth.

TEAM NOTES: The 2012-13 Seawolves registered their eighth straight winning season and the 30th in the program’s 36 years … UAA also finished with a plus-.500 league record for the 25th time in 31 years of conference membership … the Seawolves secured their eighth straight top-5 GNAC finish, including the 2007-08 title and runner-up showings in 2010-11 and 2011-12 … UAA went 5-3 in one-possession games and 8-5 in games decided by 6 points or less … the Seawolves extended their streak of 23 straight wins when scoring 80 points or more, covering the entire 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons … UAA has won 28 of its last 31 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the only losses coming to 2012 NCAA champ Western Washington (twice) and then-No. 13 Seattle Pacific … UAA led the GNAC in a pair of categories — 3FGs made per game (9.1) and assists per game (17.7) — while ranking 2nd in 3FG% (.405), asst.-turnover ratio (1.4), scoring defense (68.3) and rebounds allowed per game (30.9) … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves were in the top 15 in four categories — 8th in A-T ratio, 9th in assists per game, 11th in 3FG% and 13th in 3FGs per game … UAA went 5-0 when shooting 50 percent or better … UAA’s 7-1 start equaled the best 8-game record in program history, joining the 1986-87 squad that started 12-1 … the 71-69 win over UAF on Feb. 16 gave the program its longest streak against any opponent with 15 straight (since 2/25/06); the previous mark was 14 in a row, also against UAF, from 1/20/90 to 2/25/96 … with wins over UC Riverside and Loyola Marymount in the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, UAA’s last three Div. I victories have now come over teams from Southern California (UC Irvine in 2011-12).

PLAYER NOTES: Sr. G Kyle Fossman was an First Team All-GNAC pick in voting by the league’s coaches last year ... UAA’s team MVP ranked 7th in the GNAC with 14.8 ppg, along with 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.2 spg … the Haines product produced other league ranks of 2nd in 3FGs per game (2.6), 3rd in minutes (36.2 mpg), 5th in FT% (.854), 5th in 3FG% (.445) and 12th in steals … in the NCAA Div. II national stats, he placed in the top 50 in three categories — 12th in 3FG%, 44th in FT% and 50th in 3FGs/gm … Fossman ran his streak to 31 straight games with a three-pointer — the 3rd-longest such streak in program history — before suffering a hand injury and going 0-for-3 at MSU Billings to end the regular season … after three years, Fossman holds UAA career top-20 ranks of 4th in 3FG% (.457), 6th in FT% (.851), 12th in 3FGs made (144) and 32nd in scoring (726 pts) … on the single-season lists in 2012-13, he placed 3rd in minutes per game, 10th in 3FG/gm and 3FG%, 12th in FT% and 17th in 3FGs made (65) … Fossman made the all-tournament teams at both the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout and the AT&T Jamboree, helping UAA to a 4-1 record in those contests, and he also took home the team’s Jim Hajdukovich (iron man) Award at the season-ending banquet in April … Jr. G/F Teancum Stafford earned All-GNAC Second Team honors last year after averaging 17.7 ppg over the second half of the conference slate in 2012-13 … the Snow (UT) College transfer finished 10th in the GNAC scoring race at 14.2 ppg and ranked 2nd on the team in rebounding (4.5 rpg) … in the last 10 regular-season games he shot 59 of 115 (.513) from the field, 26 of 50 (.520) from the 3FG stripe and 28 of 35 (.800) at the FT stripe … the Auburn, Wash., native scored double figures in 22 of his 26 appearances, ending the season with 12 straight such performances … he also ended with a current streak of 14 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 Travis Thompson returns from a redshirt season, having averaged 11.8 points and 3.9 assists as a sophomore in 2011-12, when he captured 2nd Team All-GNAC honors … the Dimond HS product goes into the season with UAA career ranks of 2nd in 3FG% (.463), 17th in 3FGs made (107) and 9th in FT% (.839) … another Dimond grad, Sr. G Colton Lauwers finished 11th in the league at 3.4 apg last year … he also was 8th in asst.-TO ratio (2.0) and 12th in 3FG% (.417) … Lauwers ranks 19th on UAA’s career 3FG% list at .388 … boosted by a career-high 16 points in the 71-69, regular-season finale win at MSUB, So. F Christian Leckband also rose up the UAA freshman charts, placing 2nd in games started (22), 3rd in 3FG% (.431), 6th in FG% (.492) and 7th in 3FGs made (28) … the former Alaska 3A Player of the Year from Nome ranked 8th in the GNAC in 3FG% as a redshirt rookie.

UAA PEGGED FOR SECOND: UAA was picked to finish runner-up by the league’s 10 head coaches in the 2013-14 Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason poll, released Oct. 15. Here’s a look at the poll, with actual finish denoted on the right:

2013-14 GNAC Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Rk Team                   2012-13 Recs., Pl. Pts
1. Seattle Pacific (9)    27-4 (16-2, 2nd)   99
2. Alaska Anchorage (1)   18-9 (11-7, 3rd)   86
3. Western Washington     31-3 (17-1, 1st)   80
4. Central Washington     15-13 (8-10, 6th)  70
5. Alaska Fairbanks       16-12 (10-8, 4th)  62
6. Western Oregon         10-16 (5-13, 9th)  44
7. Montana State Billings 16-14 (9-9, 5th)   41
8. Northwest Nazarene     13-13 (7-11, 7th)  30
9. Simon Fraser           6-20 (1-17, 10th)  20
10. Saint Martin’s        10-16 (6-12, 8th)  18

NATIONAL RANKINGS: UAA received 16 votes in the NABC’s NCAA Div. II Preseason Top 25 poll, placing the Seawolves 34th in the rankings … the Seawolves have five games scheduled against three opponents in the top 10 — Saturday vs. #5 Minnesota State and two apiece against GNAC foes #2 Seattle Pacific and #10 Western Washington … 7th-ranked Cal Poly Pomona is the only other West Region team to crack the top 25.

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