THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Thur., Feb. 1 — 6 pm AST — Brougham Pavilion — Seattle, Wash.
Alaska Anchorage (9-11, 5-7 GNAC) at Seattle Pacific (12-7, 7-5 GNAC)
Sat., Feb. 3 — 6 pm AST — Marcus Pavilion — Lacey, Wash.
Alaska Anchorage at Saint Martin’s (15-5, 8-4 GNAC [2/1 vs UAF])
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: Both games free at GNAC.tv ... Thursday’s game also available on SPU’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe1iS12FsEzoRas8fmcWzaA/live
LIVE STATS: Thursday at http://www.sidearmstats.com/spu/mbball/ ... Saturday at GNAC.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @UAAMBB Twitter feed for in-game updates.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, So. (6.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, .339 3FG, .769 FT)
G—Drew Peterson, 6-4, Sr. (4.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.0 apg, .323 3FG, .871 FT)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (12.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, .473 FG, .761 FT)
F—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (7.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg, .789 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (5.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 bpg, .512 FG, .744 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Seattle Pacific has won six of its last nine to put itself in contention for a playoff spot, including a big 92-88 road win over previously first-place Western Washington on Saturday ... the Falcons are led by Tony Miller (18.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and Gavin Long (12.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, .550 FG, .805 FT) ... Saint Martin’s is in position for its best-ever GNAC finish, currently standing in a three-way tie for third place with SPU and UAF ... winners of five straight heading into Thursday’s showdown in Fairbanks, the Saints are led by Luke Chavez (17.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.0 apg, 2.2 spg, .512 FG, .392 3FG, .867 FT) and EJ Boyce (11.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, .422 3FG, .952 FT).
ALL-TIME vs SPU: UAA leads 38-36
In Seattle: SPU leads 24-10
Last Meeting: SPU 57-54 (1/6/18 at UAA)
Streak: SPU 1
Notes: UAA has won three of the last five, following a 7-game losing streak from 2012-15 ... UAA has won two straight in Seattle, including 83-81 in OT last year; the Seawolves have not won three straight at SPU since taking six in a row from 1986-91 ... five of the last six meetings have been decided by 3 points or fewer, including two overtime contests ... 17 of the last 23 games have been decided by 11 points or fewer … SPU leads 22-11 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02), with six games going to overtime … SPU is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (73 meetings) ... series started in UAA’s first year of Div. II competition in 1977-78.
ALL-TIME vs SMU: UAA leads 31-9
In Lacey: UAA leads 11-6
Last Meeting: SMU 71-66 (1/4/18 at UAA)
Streak: SMU 1
Notes: UAA has won seven of the last nine and 10 of the last 13 meetings ... the Seawolves won 67-63 in Lacey last season ... the last four games have all been decided by 6 points or fewer ... UAA leads 24-9 in GNAC regular-season meetings … teams met twice as members of the Pac West (in 1999 and 2001) and four times between 1977-80.
LAST TIME VS SPU, SMU: The Seawolves saw their 12-game GNAC homecourt win streak snapped with narrow losses to Saint Martin’s (71-66) and Seattle Pacific (57-54) on Jan. 4 & 6 at the Alaska Airlines Center ... down three regular starters in the first game, Fr. PG Brennan Rymer delivered personal bests of 14 points and 10 assists, along with 3 steals, but the Saints outshot the Seawolves .519 to .351 ... along with Rymer’s 10 assists – the most for a Seawolf against a D-II foe since Feb. 22, 2014 – UAA got 13 points from Sr. G Drew Peterson, plus then-career highs of 11 points from Jr. G Malik Clements and 9 points and 5 rebounds from So. G Jack Macdonald ... on Saturday, starting Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery returned from a one-game injury absence to score a UAA season-high 23 points (10-15 FG), but the Falcons edged the hosts in the final minutes ... Macdonald delivered a career high for the second game in a row with 12 points (4-9 FG), while Jr. C Brian Pearson had then-career highs of 9 rebounds and 4 blocks in the loss.
CONCORDIA/WOU RECAP: The Seawolves survived a test from last-place Concordia-Portland and took No. 6 Western Oregon down to the final minutes last week to earn a split of their games at the Alaska Airlines Center ... against the Cavs, Sr. G D.J. Ursery scored a game-high 20 points (9-12 FG) and grabbed 6 rebounds to help UAA shoot 45.5 percent in a 62-57 victory to sweep the season series ... the Seawolves also got 9 points from Sr. G Drew Peterson (3-7 3FG), 8 points and 5 assists from So. G Jack Macdonald, 4 points and 7 rebounds from Jr. F Josiah Wood, plus 6 points and career highs of 6 rebounds and 2 blocks from So. F Curtis Ryan ... on Saturday, Peterson’s career-high 15 points (4-5 3FG) were not enough to outduel the first-place Wolves, despite another 45 percent shooting effort ... Jr. G Malik Clements scored 14 points and dished 3 assists, while Ursery and Jr. C Brian Pearson tallied 10 points apiece in the 72-62 loss.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 11th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense, allowing just 64.2 points per game ... UAA also ranks 2nd in the league in FT% at .753, plus 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.3, 43rd nationally) and blocks per game (4.0, 51st nationally); the Seawolves’ 11.7 turnovers per game also rank 47th 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 (12.1 ppg) and rebounder (5.6 rpg), as well as the team’s top steals man (1.1 spg) and 2nd-leading shot blocker (0.7 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 7.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.7 bpg in 12 league contests, with shooting number of .552 FG and .769 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 six of the last eight games, including a career-high 19 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3FG, 4-5 FT) and 3 assists at NNU ... the North Dakota State transfer leads the GNAC with a 2.5-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 8.8 ppg over the last 12 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 last week’s 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 5.5 ppg in all 20 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 (259-149) 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