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Senior center Liam Gibcus is shooting better than 60 percent through UAA's first four games.
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UAA, Belmont clash on CBS Sports Net

Courtesy: UAA Media Relations
Release: 11/19/2012
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THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF MEN’S BASKETBALL…

35th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout
Nov. 21-24, 2012 — Sullivan Arena (8,700)
Anchorage, Alaska (All times AST)

Wednesday, Nov. 21 (First Round)
7:30 pm - UC Riverside (1-3) vs Northeastern (2-1)
10 pm - Belmont (3-0) vs Alaska Anchorage (4-0), CBSSN
Thursday, Nov. 22 (First Round)
5 pm - Loyola Marymount (2-1) vs Oral Roberts (1-1, Mon. @UOP), CBSSN
7:30 pm - Texas State (2-1) vs Charlotte (3-0), CBSSN
Friday, Nov. 23 (Consolation Semis & Semifinals)
1 pm - Belmont/UAA loser vs NU/UCR loser
3 pm - ORU/LMU loser vs Charlotte/TXST loser
7 pm - Belmont/UAA winner vs NU/UCR winner, CBSSN
9:30 pm - ORU/LMU winner vs Charlotte/ TXST winner, CBSSN
Saturday, Nov. 24 (Placing Round)
Noon - 7th/8th-place game
2 pm - 4th/6th-place game
6 pm - 3rd/5th-place game, CBSSN
8:30 pm - Championship game, CBSSN

MEDIA DETAILS …
RADIO: All three UAA games will air live locally on FM-93.7 KAFC.
TV: CBS Sports Network will air seven games — including UAA’s first-round contest against Belmont — to a live national audience, with Brent Stover and Pete Gillen calling the action.
LIVE STATS: Find live stats for all 12 Shootout games at GoSeawolves.com/Shootout
SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow Seawolf Athletics and the Shootout on Facebook (Alaska Anchorage Seawolves) and Twitter (@UAASeawolves, #AlaskaShootout )

UAA PROBABLE STARTERS (2012-13 stats)
G—Mike MacKelvie, 6-4/190, Jr. (5.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg)
G—Kyle Fossman, 6-0/180, Jr. (18.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 36.0 mpg, .571 3FG)
G—Teancum Stafford, 6-5/205, So. (13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, .462 FG, .846 FT)
G—Colton Lauwers, 6-3/215, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, .462 3FG)
C—Liam Gibcus, 6-10/245, Sr. (9.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 bpg, .607 FG)

SCOUTING THE BRUINS: Coming off a 27-win season and an NCAA Tournament berth, Belmont has gotten off to a fast start again with three straight victories, including a 70-62 road upset of Stanford on Sunday night … entering its first season in the Ohio Valley Conference, the Nashville, Tenn., program is led by 6-1 Sr. G Kerron Johnson (17.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.3 apg, 2.0 spg) and 6-3 Sr. G Ian Clark (17.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, .514 FG, .500 3FG).

UAA ALL-TIME SERIES VS...
Belmont: First Meeting
Loyola Marymount: LMU leads 1-0 (1-0 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: LMU 69-58 (11/22/06 at Sullivan Arena)
   Notes: LMU beat UAA in the opening round of the 2006 Shootout.
Texas State: UAA leads 2-0 (2-0 in Anchorage)
   Last Meeting: UAA 80-59 (11/28/03 at Sullivan Arena)
   Notes: Both meetings came in the Shootout consolation semifinals, with UAA prevailing in 1987 (90-84) and 2003.
Charlotte/Northeastern/Oral Roberts/UC Riverside: Never met

SEAWOLVES HANDLE SHOCK: The Seawolves stayed perfect on the young season with a pair of wins over NCAA Div. II independent Washington Adventist, beating the Shock 71-58 on Nov. 15 and 87-56 on Nov. 17 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex … in the first game, Jr. G Colton Lauwers scored 11 of his career-high 16 points (4-6 3FG) in the first half as UAA built a 20-point halftime lead and hung on … the Seawolves also got 14 points on perfect shooting (4-4 FG, 3-3 3FG, 3-3 FT) from Jr. G Kyle Fossman, while Sr. F Abebe Demissie tallied 12 points (4-8 FG) … Lauwers also dished a career-high 5 assists, and So. G Teancum Stafford reached double figures for the third straight game with 10 points … on Saturday, Fossman and Sr. C Liam Gibcus combined for 41 points as UAA outshot the visitors from Maryland 62 percent to 29 percent … Fossman had 21 points (6-7 FG, 3-4 3FG, 6-6 FT), 3 assists and a career-high 3 steals, while Gibcus scored 20 points (9-12 FG) and dished a pair of assists with no turnovers in 28 minutes … Demissie was the only other Seawolf to reach double figures with 10 points, although six others tallied at least five … Fr. PG Jalen Little dished a UAA season-best 8 assists, while Fr. F Collin Spickerman had 3 blocks for the second straight game.

TEAM NOTES:
UAA’s 9 blocks in Thursday’s win were the most for a Seawolf squad since Dec. 20, 2005 (vs Walla Walla) and just two shy of the program single-game record … Saturday’s 87-56 win over Washington Adventist marked UAA’s 18th straight victory when scoring 80 points or more, dating to start of the 2011-12 season … the Seawolves have now won 21 of their last 22 at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, with the only loss coming to eventual NCAA champ Western Washington last season.

PLAYER NOTES: A Preseason All-GNAC selection, Jr. G Kyle Fossman has responded to expectations with 4-game averages of 18.0 ppg (.600 FG, .571 3FG, .889 FT), 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.8 spg … with 24 of 27 free throws made, the Haines product has already nearly equaled his 27-of-31 production from last year … by going 6 of 7 last week, Fossman has overtaken former all-conference performer Kemmy Burgess (.474, 2003-06) as UAA’s career 3FG% leader, currently at .479 … he is also tied for 22nd in 3FGs made (91), needing three more to move into UAA’s top 20 … after backing up All-American Taylor Rohde the past two seasons, Sr. C Liam Gibcus is coming into his own as a starter, averaging 9.5 ppg and 4.8 rpg, while shooting a team-high .607 FG% ... the Aussie shot 11 of 16 last week to move up to No. 8 UAA’s career FG% list at .558 … the team’s only 4th-year senior also stands 22nd in games played (87) and tied for 11th in games won (65), needing two more victories to reach the top 10 … So. G Teancum Stafford has made an immediate impact since transferring from Snow (Utah) College, averaging 13.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 2.5 apg … Stafford was the MVP of the season-opening AT&T Jamboree after scoring 23 points and grabbing 7 rebounds against CSU-Pueblo … Jr. G Colton Lauwers and Fr. G Jalen Little have complemented each other well at the point, combining to average 15.3 ppg, 6.0 apg, .421 3FG and .833 FT … Jr. G Mike MacKelvie is the only Seawolf averaging at least 5.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, leading the team with 5.0 rpg … the Eastern Arizona transfer is second on the squad in both assists (3.8 apg) and steals (1.3 spg).

INJURY REPORT: The Seawolves enter the Shootout with no significant 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


NATIONAL RANKINGS: The Seawolves, who finished No. 16 in the final 2011-12 NABC Division II Top 25 poll, are unranked to start this year … fellow GNAC squads Western Washington (No. 6) and Seattle Pacific (No. 9) are in the top 10, while West Region foes Chico State (No. 20) and Cal Poly Pomona (No. 25) are also in the rankings … get the complete poll at NABC.com.

2011 SHOOTOUT RECAP: The Seawolves won at least one game in their own Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout for the fourth straight year, knocking off UC Irvine, 77-63 on Nov. 26, after losing to eventual tourney champ Murray State (64-62) and Dartmouth (64-52) at Sullivan Arena … in the first game, UAA hung tough with the eventual Ohio Valley Conference champions behind 19 points and 6 rebounds from Taylor Rohde, plus 5 assists and a career-high 14 points from Steve WhiteTravis Thompson added 8 points and a career-high 4 assists, while then-Jr. F Abebe Demissie had 8 points in his Seawolf debut … after going to the half tied at 25 against Dartmouth, the Seawolves shot just 27.3 percent in the second half and lost their first-ever game against an Ivy League school … on Saturday, UAA overcame a 44-42 halftime deficit to outscore UC Irvine 35-19 over the final 20 minutes … Thompson had 13 points (3-6 3FG), 4 assists and 4 steals, Demissie delivered 13 points (4-6 FG, 3-5 3FG), 9 rebounds and 3 assists, and Lonnie Ridgeway had 11 points (5-8 FG).

LOOK OUT, GOLIATH: Entering this year’s Shootout, Division II UAA owns a 53-134 all-time record against Division I opponents (regular season only) … 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 ... with the UC Irvine win in 2011-12, UAA has now beaten at least one Division I school in 25 of the last 27 seasons.

SEAWOLVES IN THE SHOOTOUT:
The Seawolves, the only Division II team and the only school to appear in every Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout, sport a 33-69 (.324) all-time mark in the tournament, including 11-19 since 2002 … the Seawolves have won at least one game in 28 of the 34 Shootouts, including a current string of four straight … UAA won at least one game in 13 straight Shootouts from 1985-97 … UAA’s best finish has been 4th place, accomplished six times (1986, 1987, 1991, 2003, 2009, 2010), although the 2009 finish came in a 6-team field … UAA has pulled first-round upsets four times (Maine 1996, Wake Forest 1993, Texas Tech 1990, and Pacific 1979) … UAA’s other Shootout victims are Auburn (1989), Ball State (2010), Canisius (2003), Dayton (1992), Grambling State (1999), High Point (2004), Houston Baptist (2010), Idaho (1991), Iona (1988), Jackson State (1994), Louisiana Tech (2008), Miami, Fla. (1987), Missouri (1985), Missouri-Kansas City (2006), Montana (2002), New Mexico (1983), Nicholls State (1980, 2009), Notre Dame (1998), Penn State (1978), Rhode Island (2000), Santa Clara (1991), Southern Illinois (2005), Texas State (1987, 2003), Texas (1986), TCU (1995), UC Irvine (2011) and Washington (1986).
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