THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Thur., Feb. 8 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Northwest Nazarene (11-9, 7-7) at Alaska Anchorage (10-12, 6-8 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 10 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Central Washington (13-8, 8-6 GNAC [2/8 @UAF]) at Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games live statewide on GCI Channel 907 (hd) & Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: Both games free at GNAC.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAMBB Twitter feed for in-game updates.
TICKETS: $10 general admission, $8 discounted, UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... visit GoSeawolves.com or call 907-786-1562 for all ticket info.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, So. (6.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, .333 3FG, .750 FT)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (12.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg, .477 FG, .769 FT)
F—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (8.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, .672 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (7.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, .780 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (6.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .515 FG, .738 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Northwest Nazarene enters the homestretch in a five-way race for the last three berths in the GNAC Tournament, along with UAA ... the Nighthawks (formerly Crusaders), from Nampa, Idaho, are led by 6-5 Sr. F Maurice Jones (18.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, .507 FG, .480 3FG, .726 FT) and 6-0 Jr. G Obi Megwa (18.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, .491 FG, .670 FT) ... winners of five straight, Central Washington is in the driver’s seat to earn the No. 4 or 5 seed for the GNAC Tournament, with big tests coming this week at UAF and UAA ... the Wildcats, from Ellensburg, Wash., are led by 6-1 Fr. G Khalil Shabazz (15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.5 spg, .443 3FG, .771 FT) and 6-4 Sr. G Jawan Stepney (13.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, .370 3FG, .694 FT).
ALL-TIME vs NNU: UAA leads 21-13
In Anchorage: UAA leads 13-4
Last Meeting: NNU 79-78, OT (1/13/18 at NNU)
Streak: NNU 1
Notes: Teams split last year’s season series, with UAA winning 81-73 at home ... NNU has not swept UAA since 2009-10 ... the last 11 meetings have all been decided by 13 points or less ... UAA leads 20-13 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) ... first and only meeting as non-GNAC members was a 93-66 UAA home win, Feb. 3, 2001, when both teams were in the Pac West Conference.
ALL-TIME vs CWU: UAA leads 20-19
In Anchorage: UAA leads 11-6
Last Meeting: CWU 72-71, OT (1/11/18 at CWU)
Streak: CWU 1
Notes: UAA has won the last two at home, including 84-72 last year (also in ‘senior night’) ... UAA leads 18-15 in GNAC regular-season meetings, while CWU has a 2-1 edge in GNAC Tourney affairs ... first meeting was in Feb. 1979, although programs did not play again until Jan. 2000.
LAST TIME VS NNU, CWU: The Seawolves battled throughout but came up one point shy in overtime each night, Jan. 11 and Jan. 13 in losses at Central Washington (72-71) and Northwest Nazarene (79-78) ... in the first game, So. G Jack Macdonald delivered a career-high 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-7 3FG) and Sr. G Drew Peterson had 12 points (4-6 3FG) to help the Seawolves shoot a season-best 48 percent (12-25) from long range ... Jr. G Malik Clements chipped in 11 points and Jr. F Josiah Wood dished a career-high 8 assists in the loss ... in Nampa, the Seawolves got a trio of career highs from Jr. C Brian Pearson with 19 points (9-11 FG), 10 rebounds and 6 blocks, only to see the Nighthawks tie it at the end of regulation and hold on in the final seconds of overtime ... Clements scored a career-high 19 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-5 FT) and Sr. G D.J. Ursery dished 5 assists as the Seawolves lost their fourth straight game by a combined total of 10 points.
SPU/SMU RECAP: The Seawolves earned a critical split of their road series at Seattle Pacific and Saint Martin’s last week, beating the Falcons in comeback fashion, 67-62, before falling at the 3rd-place Saints, 79-67 ... in Seattle, Jr. G Malik Clements scored 12 of his 18 points after halftime to help UAA erase a 14-point deficit with 5:55 remaining in the first half ... Sr. G D.J. Ursery had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, and Jr. F Josiah Wood notched 9 points and 6 rebounds as UAA held the hosts to just 20 points in the last 26 minutes ... at SMU, Sr. G Drew Peterson scored 11 points and Ursery had 9 points and 10 rebounds, but the Saints shot 56 percent overall and 52 percent from long range to pull away ... Jr. C Brian Pearson had 10 points for UAA as the Saints earned their first-ever regular-season sweep of the Seawolves.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 12th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense, allowing just 64.7 points per game ... UAA also ranks 2nd in the league in FT% at .743, plus 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.3, 41st nationally) and blocks per game (3.9); the Seawolves’ 11.5 turnovers per game also rank 37th nationally ... the Jan. 4 loss to Saint Martin’s snapped UAA’s 12-game GNAC home winning streak ... this year’s team is aiming for the program’s 13th straight winning season and the 35th in 41 years ... the Seawolves have earned seven straight winning GNAC records and qualified to the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011.
D.J. ON THE SPOT: With Sr. F Jacob Lampkin sidelined, Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery is UAA’s leading active scorer (12.0 ppg) and rebounder (6.0 rpg, 13th in GNAC), as well as the team’s top steals man (1.0 spg, 18th in GNAC) and 2nd-leading shot blocker (0.6 bpg) ... prior to his UAA season-high 23 points in the loss to Seattle Pacific, the L.A. native posted bests of 22 points and 12 rebounds at Concordia-Portland, 4 assists against Santa Clara, and 3 steals against UAF ... a 6.0 ppg scorer in 71 career contests with the Tigers, Ursery was one of just two non-returning GNAC players to make the Preseason All-GNAC Team.
MORE TO HOWL ABOUT: Jr. C Brian Pearson has stepped up his game in since the start of the GNAC campaign, averaging 7.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 1.7 bpg in 14 league contests, with shooting number of .550 FG and .759 FT ... Pearson crushed his previous career highs with his 16-point, 8-rebound effort at Western Oregon on Dec 17, and he set or tied his career bests in all five major stats categories (19 pts, 10 rebs, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 2 steals) in the OT setback at Northwest Nazarene ... Jr. G Malik Clements has scored at least 8 points in eight of the last 10 games, including a career-high 19 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-5 FT) at NNU and 18 points (6-9 FG, 3-4 3FG) in the win at SPU ... the North Dakota State transfer leads the GNAC with a 2.4-to-1 assist-turnover ratio ... after averaging just 2.8 ppg through the first eight games, So. G Jack Macdonald has been one of the Seawolves’ top offensive threats, producing 8.6 ppg over the last 14 games ... one of three Australians on the squad, Macdonald scored a career-high 17 points (6-10 FG, 4-7 3FG) at Central Washington and tallied 8 points in the win over Simon Fraser ... this year’s team features just one player who suited up in 2016-17 (So. F. Curtis Ryan) and two others with previous experience in Green & Gold – Pearson and Sr. G Drew Peterson ... Peterson leads the Seawolves in FT% at .871 (27-31) and is averaging 5.1 ppg in all 22 games, with seven starting assignments.
LAMPKIN, HAYNES OUT: Head coach Rusty Osborne announced Jan. 16 that the Seawolves will be without a pair of key players for the rest of the season, losing Sr. F Jacob Lampkin to a mid-December injury and Sr. G Maleke Haynes to academic ineligibility ... with seven double-doubles in 10 games, Sr. F Jacob Lampkin had shown why he was a Preseason All-GNAC selection and All-America candidate before his bad break ... at the time of his injury, the one-year transfer from Div. I University of the Pacific, Lampkin was 3rd in NCAA Div. II in double-doubles, along with top-50 ranks in rebounding (28th, 9.7 rpg), defensive rebounding (36th, 7.0 drpg) and FG% (44th, .606) ... in the GNAC stats, the Bellevue, Wash., native ranked among the top 20 in rebounding (9.7 rpg), scoring (15.1 ppg), blocks (1.2 bpg) and FG% (.606) ... Lampkin made the all-tournament teams at both the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout, where he posted 22 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks and no turnovers in UAA’s 78-73 overtime win over Santa Clara ... meanwhile, fellow Pacific transfer Haynes had started all 12 contests prior to the holidays, averaging 6.9 points and ranking among the league leaders with 3.9 assists per game.
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (260-150) has led the Seawolves to 12 straight winning seasons, along with five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2008 NCAA D-II Semifinals … the longest tenured coach in program history and currently with the second-longest tenure in the GNAC, he became the first UAA basketball coach to reach 200 career victories when the Seawolves beat Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 10, 2015 … Osborne captured his first career GNAC and NABC West District coach-of-the-year awards in 2008 after becoming the second coach to lead UAA to three consecutive NCAA berths (2006-08), and in 2011-12 his Seawolves posted a 24-10 record to equal the 2nd-most victories in program history; Osborne’s 2007-08 club holds that record with a 29-6 mark … before taking over the head job in 2004-05, the Texas native previously served 13 seasons (1991-04) as a UAA assistant, including 11 years as the top assistant … the Seawolves have won over 60 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and eight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament ... Osborne is assisted Ryan Orton (4th season), former Seawolf guard Jesse Brown (2nd season) and volunteer assistant Daniel Vernon (1st season).
THE FINAL SHOOTOUT RECAP: UAA earned 6th place in the 8-team, all-Div. I GCI Great Alaska Shootout, Nov. 22-25 – the 40th and final edition of one of college basketball’s most prestigious tournaments ... despite a rough opener in a 59-39 loss to CSU Bakersfield, the Seawolves bounced back for a dramatic 78-73 overtime win over Santa Clara in the consolation semifinals ... Sr. PG Maleke Haynes had 22 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 4-6 FT) – including the game-tying three-pointer at the regulation buzzer – and 3 assists, and Sr. F Jacob Lampkin tallied 22 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as UAA outrebounded the Broncos 32-25 and committed a season-low 11 turnovers ... UAA got solid efforts from its other three starters in the victory, with Jr. F Josiah Wood tallying 11 points and a career-high 5 assists ... in the 120th and final Seawolf game in Shootout history, UAA fought hard before falling to mid-major power College of Charleston, 55-46 ... Lampkin had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks against the Cougars and earned a spot on the all-tournament team, while Jr. G Malik Clements had his best efforts as a Seawolf with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
SEAWOLVES IN THE SHOOTOUT: The Seawolves – the only Division II team and the only school to appear in every GCI Great Alaska Shootout – finished with a 39-81 all-time mark in the tournament, including 17-31 since 2002 … the Seawolves won at least one game in 33 of 40 Shootouts.
UAA VS. D-I: Division II UAA owns a 56-141 all-time record against Division I opponents (not counting exhibitions) after completing last week’s 3-game gauntlet with a 1-2 mark … the Seawolves’ biggest upset came during the 1988-89 campaign when they beat then-No. 2 and undefeated Michigan, 70-66, at the Utah Seiko Classic; the Wolverines went on to win the NCAA title that year ... including discretionary exhibition wins in the Shootout against Rice in 2014, Drexel in 2015 and Drake in 2016, UAA has now beaten at least one Division I school in 31 of the last 34 seasons.
2017-18 Seawolf Individual Honors
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Santa Clara
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Alaska/Hawaii Challenge All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC Player of the Week, Dec. 19-25