Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Jan. 10, 2015 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 / www.gnacsports.com Vikings, Wildcats on Root Sports Wednesday For 6th Year In a Row GNAC Western Oregon Alaska Anchorage Seattle Pacific Central Washington Northwest Nazarene Western Washington Alaska Saint Martin’s Simon Fraser MSU Billings Conf. W L 5 1 4 1 4 2 3 2 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 4 1 4 1 5 All W 13 8 12 8 5 9 5 5 6 3 L 3 7 4 4 10 6 8 11 7 13 H 8-1 6-4 5-1 5-1 1-3 8-0 4-3 3-4 5-2 1-5 A 4-2 2-2 3-3 1-2 3-4 0-4 1-2 2-2 0-5 01-6 Western Washington comes into the game off another buzzer-beater ROOT SPORTS victory – a 68-66 victory Saturday over Seattle Pacific on a layup by Ricardo Maxwell. N 1-0 0-1 4-0 2-1 1-3 1-2 1-3 0-5 1-0 0-2 That was WWU’s 11th straight home victory. The Vikings (9-6, 2-3) are 8-0 at Carver this season, but are only 1-6 on the road. Maxwell, who has missed six of WWU’s 15 games, led the Vikings with 17 points and is averaging 15.7. Jaamon Echols, who has sat out five games, is averaging a teambest 19. 2 points. LAST WEEK: Thursday – Central Washington 70 at Saint Martin’s 68; MSU Billings 68 at Western Washington 88; Northwest Nazarene 59 at Western Oregon 66; Seattle Pacific 115 at Simon Fraser 81. Saturday – Alaska Anchorage 76 at Alaska 64; Central Washington 74 at Western Oregon 78; MSU Billings 111 at Simon Fraser 104; Northwest Nazarene 72 at Saint Martin’s 68 (ot); Seattle Pacific 66 at Western Washington 68. Jeffrey Parker is scoring 15 points per game and Joey Schreiber is averaging 12.6. Schreiber had 38 points Thursday in a 88-68 home win over MSU Billings, tying a GNAC single-game record for most points by a non-starter. THIS WEEK: Wednesday – Western Washington at Central Washington, 8 p.m. Thursday – Alaska at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage at Seattle Pacific, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Northwest Nazarene. Saturday – Alaska at Seattle Pacific, 5:15 p.m.; Alaska Anchorage at MSU Billings, 7:30 p.m.; Simon Fraser at Central Washington; Western Washington at Northwest Nazarene; Saint Martin’s at Western Oregon. Anye Turner is also a key player for the Vikings leading the GNAC in rebounding (8.2) and blocked shots (3.4). Central Washington (8-4, 3-2), which split two games last weekend, is led in scoring by Dom Williams who is averaging 17.5 points. Fantastic Finishes Have Highlighted TV Contests Also averaging in double figures are Jordan Russell (12.0), Gary Jacobs (11.3) and Joseph Stroud (10.2). PORTLAND, Ore. – If nothing else, Central Washington and Western Washington make great television. Stroud leads the GNAC in field goal percentage at 72.5 (the all-time conference record is 72.9) and the Wildcats in rebounding (5.3) and blocked shots (32). For the sixth year in a row a game between the two longtime rivals will be televised regionally on ROOT SPORTS Wednesday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. at Nicholson Pavilion. WWU-CWU TV Games: Feb. 28, 2010 – WWU 90, CWU 86. Feb. 16, 2011 – WWU 66, CWU 62. Jan. 18, 2012 – WWU 99, CWU 86. Jan. 10, 2013 – WWU 86, CWU 85. Feb. 22, 2014 – WWU 94, CWU 91. Four of the five previous TV games, which were all played at Sam Carver Gymnasium in Bellingham, have been decided by four points or less. League Leaders Host Saints WWU won the last two in the final seconds – 86-85 two years ago on a shot by Paul Jones and 94-91 last February on a half-court buzzer beater by Richard Woodworth. Western Oregon (13-3, 5-1), which has won 12 of its last 13 games, hosts Saint Martin’s Saturday in its only game of the week. The Vikings also beat CWU 90-86 in 2010, 66-62 in 2011 and 99-86 in 2012 in televised games. The Wolves lead second-place Alaska Anchorage (8-7, 4-1) by one-half game. 1