Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Dec. 16, 2014 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 / www.gnacsports.com After Busy Week, Conference Play Will Ring In the New Year GNAC Western Oregon Central Washington Simon Fraser Seattle Pacific Saint Martin’s Alaska Anchorage Northwest Nazarene Western Washington Alaska MSU Billings Conf. W L 2 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 2 All W 8 6 5 7 3 3 2 6 2 1 L 2 2 3 3 6 7 8 3 7 9 H 4-1 4-0 4-0 3-1 2-2 2-4 1-3 6-0 1-2 1-3 Conference Play Resumes on New Year’s Day A N 3-1 1-0 0-1 2-1 1-3 0-0 2-2 2-0 1-1 0-3 1-2 0-1 0-2 1-3 0-3 0-0 0-2 1-3 0-4 0-2 PORTLAND, Ore. - After a busy 21-game week and then a 10-day break for the holidays, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball race resumes on Jan. 1 with four conference games. Perhaps the biggest Jan. 1 contest will be at Brougham Pavilion where Western Oregon (8-2, 2-0) will take on defending champion Seattle Pacific (7-3, 1-1). The Wolves have won seven in a row and will likely take a nine-game win streak into the contest. Pre-season favorite Western Washington (6-3, 1-1), meanwhile, will be in Fairbanks to take on the Alaska Nanooks. LAST WEEK: Thursday – Northwest Nazarene 51 at Boise State 91 (exh). Friday – Seawolf Jamboree (BYU-Hawaii 81, Alaska 62; Humboldt State 87, Alaska Anchorage 83); Quest 49 at Central Washington 82; Montana Western 72 at MSU Billings 62; George Fox 67 at Seattle Pacific 100. Saturday – Seawolf Jamboree (Humboldt State 84, Alaska 66; BYU-Hawaii 90, Alaska Anchorage 69); Northwest Nazarene 57 at Idaho State 69 (exh); Camosun 59 at Western Oregon 94. The New Years Day schedule will also feature Simon Fraser (5-3, 1-0) and Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage and Saint Martin’s (3-6, 1-1) and MSU Billings in Billings (1-9, 0-2). THIS WEEK: Monday – MSU Billings 65 at Chaminade 82; Thompson Rivers 78 at Western Washington 95. Tuesday – Portland Bible at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Capilano at Simon Fraser, 7 p.m.; Multnomah at Western Oregon, 7 p.m.; Wednesday – Portland Bible at Alaska Anchorage, 7 p.m.; Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans (Saint Martin’s vs. Rollins, 5:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific vs. Dixie State, 7:30 p.m.). Thursday – Multnomah at Central Washington, 7 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at CSU Monterey Bay, 7 p.m.; Las Vegas Challenge at Orleans (Rollins vs. Seattle Pacific, 2:30 p.m.; Saint Martin’s vs. Dixie State, 7:30 p.m.); Las Vegas South Point Holiday Classic (Tarleton State vs. Western Washington, 3:30 p.m.). Friday – Portland Bible at Alaska, 7 p.m.; MSU Billings at Hawaii Pacific, 2 p.m.; Las Vegas South Point Holiday Classic (CSU San Bernardino vs. Western Washington, 3:30 p.m.). Saturday – Portland Bible at Alaska, 3 p.m.; Ottawa, Kans. vs. MSU Billings (at Honolulu), 2 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Dominican, 2 p.m.; Northwest Indian at Saint Martin’s, 7 p.m.; Capilano at Western Oregon, 2 p.m. Central Washington (6-2, 2-0) will be idle prior to hosting Northwest Nazarene (2-8, 1-1) on Jan. 3. This week’s schedule includes six games in Las Vegas (two each by SPU, WWU and SMU), two in Hawaii (MSU Billings) and two in California (Northwest Nazarene) and nine home games. None of the nine home games are against NCAA schools. th Western Oregon Ranked 4 in D2SIDA Region Poll Western Oregon maintained its No. 4 ranking in this week’s D2SIDA West Regional men’s basketball poll. The poll is unofficial and will have no impact on which teams qualify for the West Regional tournament next March. THE NEW YEAR: Jan. 1 – Western Washington at Alaska, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin’s at MSU Billings; Western Oregon at Seattle Pacific. Jan. 3 – Simon Fraser at Alaska, 3:15 p.m.; Western Washington at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Central Washington; Western Oregon at MSU Billings; Saint Martin’s at Seattle Pacific. Central Washington is the only other GNAC team ranked in the poll coming in at No. 9 for the second week in a row. th th Simon Fraser (12 overall) and Seattle Pacific (13 ) are among “others receiving votes.” 1