2017-18 SEASON RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team used a late-season surge to finish with the program’s 13th consecutive winning record, going 15-14 overall ... UAA also made it eight straight years with a winning Great Northwest Athletic Conference record -- going 11-9 and finishing tied for 4th -- and kept alive its streak of qualifying for every GNAC Tournament since it was founded in 2011 ... in addition to season sweeps of longtime rivals Alaska Fairbanks, MSU Billings, the Seawolves closed their 40-year GCI Great Alaska Shootout history with another win over a Div. I program, beating Santa Clara in an overtime thriller.
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TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves led the GNAC and ranked 4th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense at 62.6 points per game, crushing the program record of 65.6 ppg allowed in 2006-07 ... UAA also led the league in FG% allowed (.419) and ranked 2nd in FT% (.746) ... this year’s team earned the program’s 13th straight winning season and the 35th in 41 years ... the Seawolves have earned eight straight winning GNAC records and qualified to the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011 ... UAA’s 44-43 win over UAF on Feb. 20 marked the fewest points ever scored by the Seawolves in a victory, topping the 45-38 thriller from Dec. 1999 at Western New Mexico.
SENIOR SURGE: With Jacob Lampkin sidelined, Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery led UAA in scoring (12.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg), holding GNAC top-20 ranks in each category ... along with his UAA season-high 23 points in the loss to Seattle Pacific, the L.A. native twice earned GNAC Player of the Week honors, for his double-double in the win at Concordia in December and his performances in the February 20 & 24 wins over UAF (14 pts/10 rebs/3 stls, GW jumper) and MSUB (16 pts) ... Ursery scored double figures a team-high 16 times, and grabbed at least eight rebounds on eight occasions ... 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 ... after averaging just 2.8 ppg through the first eight games, Sr. G Drew Peterson got healthy and hit his stride, tallying six of his seven double-digit outputs after Jan. 4, and leading the Seawolves in scoring in three times, including a pair of 13-point efforts in wins over NNU and SFU ... the San Diego native paced UAA with an .897 FT% and he was one of the league’s hottest long-range shooters, canning 25 of 57 3FG attempts (.439) after Jan. 11 ... having never played more then 30 minutes in a game through Feb. 3, Peterson logged 32, 37, 35 and 33 minutes in the five contests from Feb. 8-20, starting each and helping UAA go 4-1.
MORE TO HOWL ABOUT: Jr. C Brian Pearson stepped up his game at the start of the GNAC campaign, averaging 8.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 1.5 bpg in league contests, with shooting numbers of .526 FG and .756 FT ... Pearson crushed his previous career highs with his 16-point, 8-rebound effort at Western Oregon on Dec. 17, 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, and he propeled UAA’s 66-64 win at Simon Fraser with 18 points (8-13 FG), 7 rebounds and 3 blocks ... the Nevada native finished 9th in blocks per game (1.34) and 11th in blocks (39) on UAA’s single-season lists, and he will enter his final season 7th in bpg (0.77) and 9th in blocks (53) on the career lists ... Jr. G Malik Clements scored at least 8 points in 14 of the last 17 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 ... in addition to the game-winning jumper at Simon Fraser, Clements’s 14-point effort also marked his first three-game streak in double figures ... the North Dakota State transfer was 8th in the GNAC with a 1.9-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, and he owned a pair of games with double-digit rebounds, including his first double-double with 13 points/12 boards in the win over CWU ... following a midseason lull, Jr. G/F Josiah Wood responded impressively over the last eight games of the regular season, averaging 8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.1 spg ... the Reno native and Butte (Calif.) College transfer shot 10 of 18 from long range over the last four regular-season games, highlighted by a 4-of-5 effort in his career-high 19-point performance against NNU ... Wood also led the Seawolves and finished 19th in the GNAC with 2.3 assists per game.
LAMPKIN, HAYNES OUT: Head coach Rusty Osborne announced Jan. 16 that the Seawolves would 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, 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 14 years at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (265-152) has now led the Seawolves to 13 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 was assisted in 2017-18 by 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 TABBED 4TH: UAA began 2017-18 as a darkhorse candidate for the GNAC title, picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, released Oct. 31.
2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team (1st-place votes) 2016-17 Records Pts
1. Western Washington (7) 25-6,17-3 (1st) 116
2. Western Oregon (3) 18-13,13-7 (3rd) 108
3. Central Washington (1) 14-12,9-11 (t6th) 91
4. Alaska Anchorage 21-8,15-5 (2nd) 90
5. Seattle Pacific 12-16,8-12 (9th) 85
6. Saint Martin’s 17-13,10-10(t4th) 53
7. Alaska Fairbanks 13-16,8-12(10th) 48
8. Northwest Nazarene 12-16,9-11 (t6th) 42
9. Concordia-Portland 14-14,10-10(t4th) 41
10. Montana St. Billings 14-15,9-11 (t6th) 34
11. Simon Fraser 4-24,2-18 (11th) 18
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
GNAC All-Academic Team
GNAC All-Academic Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team
GNAC Player of the Week, Dec. 19-25
GNAC Player of the Week, Feb. 19-25
Second Team All-GNAC