THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
8th annual Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships
Mar. 1-3 — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
(All times listed as Alaska Standard Time)
Thursday, Mar. 1 – Quarterfinals
Noon: #6 seed Central Washington (15-12, 10-10) vs #3 seed Saint Martin’s (22-6, 15-5)
2:15 pm: #5 seed Alaska Anchorage (15-13, 11-9) vs #4 seed Seattle Pacific (16-11, 11-9)
Friday, Mar. 2 – Semifinals
Noon: CWU/SMU winner vs #2 seed Western Washington (21-7, 16-4)
2:15 pm: UAA/SPU winner vs #1 seed Western Oregon (27-1, 19-1)
Saturday, Mar. 3 – Championship Game
5:15 pm: Semifinal winners
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: Quarterfinals and semifinals on GNAC.tv ... title game on ESPN3
LIVE STATS: All games at GNAC.tv
SOCIAL MEDIA: Check the @gnacsports Twitter feed for in-game updates from all GNAC tourney games, plus @UAAMBB for updates from UAA games.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Jack Macdonald, 6-0, So. (6.3 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, .358 3FG, .441 FG, .750 FT)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (11.6 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg, .456 FG, .781 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (7.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, .329 3FG, .787 FT)
F—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg, .674 FT)
C—Brian Pearson, 6-9, Jr. (7.0 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .506 FG, .741 FT)
GNAC TITLE, NCAA PLAYOFF AT STAKE: Without a spot in the regional top 10 as of last week, the Seawolves almost certainly need to win this week’s tournament and accompanying automatic bid for the West Regional Championships to reach the NCAA Tournament ... the winners of the GNAC, Pac West and CCAA tournaments, along with the next five teams in the West Region rankings, will participate in the NCAA West Regional Championships, Mar. 9-12.
KNOW THE FOES: Like the Seawolves, Seattle Pacific lost its leading scorer (6-6 So. F Tony Miller, 18.0 ppg) before the midpoint of the season, but rallied for an upper-half GNAC finish nonetheless ... the Falcons won three of their last five games to tie UAA for fourth in the final league standings and earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker ... SPU is led by 6-5 So. G Gavin Long (12.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.9 apg, .530 FG, .817 FT) and 6-5 Jr. F Coleman Wooten (11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.1 apg, .551 FG, .491 FT) ... should the Seawolves beat the Falcons, they would face top-seeded Western Oregon in Friday’s quarterfinals ... the Wolves are riding a 20-game winning streak into GNACs, posting double-digit margins in all but one contest since Jan. 18 ... WOU is led by 6-4 Sr. F Tanner Omlid (13.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.2 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.9 bpg, .515 FG, .682 FT) and 6-2 Sr. G Ali Faruq-Bey (11.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg, .443 FG, .353 3FG, .828 FT).
ALL-TIME vs SPU: UAA leads 39-36 overall, 28-11 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: UAA 67-62 (2/1/18 at SPU)
Streak: UAA 1
Notes: UAA has won four of the last six, following a 7-game losing streak from 2012-15 ... UAA has won three straight in Seattle, although SPU has won five of the last six in Anchorage ... this marks teams’ first neutral-court meeting since an 80-67 SPU win in the 2012 NCAA West Regional semifinals in Bellingham, Wash. ... teams have played just once in GNAC Tournament, with UAA winning 72-67 in a home game in the 2011 semifinals ... five of the last seven meetings have been decided by 3 points or fewer, including two overtime contests ... 18 of the last 24 games have been decided by 11 points or fewer … SPU leads 22-12 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02), with six games going to overtime … SPU is UAA’s 3rd-most common opponent (74 meetings) ... series started in UAA’s first year of Div. II competition in 1977-78.
ALL-TIME vs WOU: UAA leads 21-16 overall, 12-5 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: WOU 72-62 (1/27/18 at UAA)
Streak: WOU 4
Notes: UAA’s 4-game losing streak is its only current multi-game skid against a GNAC opponent and its longest ever against WOU ... last year’s triple-overtime loss in the GNAC Tournament Semifinals in Lacey, Wash., tied for the longest game in Seawolf history ... six of the last eight games have been decided by 10 points or less ... WOU has won eight of the last nine after UAA won nine straight from 2010-14 ... WOU leads 2-0 in the GNAC Tournament (2017 semis, 2014, quarterfinals) ... UAA leads 21-13 in GNAC regular-season meetings (since 2001-02) … first and only non-GNAC meeting came when programs were Pac West foes, with WOU winning 91-81, Jan. 28, 1999.
THIS YEAR VS. SPU: The Seawolves earned a critical split of their season series against SPU with a 67-62 comeback victory Feb. 1 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 ....in the first game, 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 ... So. G Jack Macdonald delivered a then-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.
UAA AT GNACs: The Seawolves are 3-7 all-time at the GNAC Tournament, participating each year since the event was founded in 2011 … UAA was runner-up the first two tourneys, losing to Central Washington in 2011 and MSU Billings in 2012 … the Seawolves are 2-4 in the quarterfinals, trying to snap a 4-game losing skid in that round Thursday ... UAA is 2-1 in the semifinals, beating Seattle Pacific in 2011 and CWU in 2012, and losing in the 2017 semifinals to Western Oregon in a 91-84, triple-OT contest that equaled the longest game in program history.
GNAC Tournament At A Glance
Year Champion UAA Finish Location
2011 Cent. Wash. 2nd (2-1) Campus Sites
2012 MSU Billings 2nd (1-1) Lacey, WA
2013 Seattle Pacific Qtrs (0-1) Lacey, WA
2014 Seattle Pacific Qtrs (0-1) Lacey, WA
2015 Seattle Pacific Qtrs (0-1) Billings, MT
2016 Western Oregon Qtrs (0-1) Lacey, WA
2017 Western Wash. Semis (0-1) Lacey, WA
NCAA ANNOUNCEMENT SUNDAY: Men’s Div. II college basketball teams around the country will learn their NCAA Tournament fates on Sunday, Mar. 4, when the 64-team national playoff field is unveiled at 6:30 p.m. AST on ncaa.com.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves lead the GNAC and rank 4th in NCAA Div. II in scoring defense at 62.5 points per game, on pace to crush the program record of 65.6 ppg allowed in 2006-07 ... UAA also leads the league in FG% allowed (.419) and ranks 2nd in FT% (.740) and 3FG% defense (.336), plus 3rd in assist/turnover ratio (1.2) ... this year’s team has 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.
SENIORS SURGING: With Jacob Lampkin sidelined, Sr. G/F D.J. Ursery leads UAA in scoring (11.6 ppg), rebounding (6.0 rpg) and steals (1.1 spg), 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 has twice earned GNAC Player of the Week honors, earning the award for his double-double in the win at Concordia in December and his performances last week in the wins over UAF (14 pts/10 rebs/3 stls, GW jumper) and MSUB (16 pts) ... Ursery has scored double figures a team-high 15 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 has finally gotten healthy and hit his stride, tallying six of his seven double-digit outputs since Jan. 4, and leading the Seawolves in scoring in three times, including a pair of 13-point efforts in recent wins over NNU and SFU ... the San Diego native paces UAA with an .897 FT% and he has been one of the league’s hottest long-range shooters recently, canning 25 of 54 3FG attempts (.463) since Jan. 11 ... having never played more then 30 minutes in a game through Feb. 3, Peterson logged 32, 37, 35 and 33 minutes in his five contests since then, 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 ... with last week’s performance, Pearson also moved into the top 10 on UAA’s career blocks list, now in 9th place with 53 ... Jr. G Malik Clements has scored at least 8 points in 13 of the last 16 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 is 5th in the GNAC with a 2.2-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, and he owns 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 has responded impressively since rejoining the starting lineup eight games ago, averaging 8.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.5 apg and 1.1 spg ... the Reno native and Butte (Calif.) College transfer has shot 10 of 18 from long range over the past four games, highlighted by a 4-of-5 effort in his career-high 19-point performance against NNU.
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 (265-151) 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 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.
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