Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Feb. 24, 2015 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 /www.gnacsports.com GNAC Pairings, 2nd First-Round Bye To Be Decided This Week Conf. All GNAC W L W L H A (xy) Western Oregon 14 2 22 4 12-2 9-2 (x) Seattle Pacific 11 5 19 7 8-3 7-4 (x) Central Washington 11 5 16 7 10-2 4-4 (x) Alaska Anchorage 10 6 14 12 9-6 5-5 (x) Northwest Nazarene 10 6 12 14 7-4 4-7 (x) Western Washington 10 7 17 10 12-2 4-6 Simon Fraser 6 11 11 14 8-5 2-9 (z) Alaska 3 13 6 18 5-6 1-9 Saint Martin’s 3 13 6 20 4-8 2-7 MSU Billings 3 13 5 21 3-8 1-11 (z) – Ineligible for post-season (x) – clinched playoff berth clinched first-round bye and regular-season title season series with the Seawolves, who as a result, cannot finish higher than third. N 1-0 4-0 2-1 0-1 1-3 1-2 1-0 0-3 0-5 1-2 (xy) – Seattle Pacific hosts Central Washington Thursday in a key showdown at Brougham Pavilion. In the last 10 regular-season games at Brougham between SPU and CWU, each team has won five. Including a NCAA West Region playoff game in 2005, the Falcons have a 6-5 advantage since 2005 at Brougham. Since the formation of the GNAC in 2001-02, SPU has won eight of 14 games at Brougham between the schools, including the 2005 NCAA game. LAST WEEK: Thursday – Alaska 56 at Northwest Nazarene 67; Alaska Anchorage 67 at Central Washington 80; Simon Fraser 103 at Saint Martin’s 87; Western Washington 73 at Western Oregon 50. Saturday – Alaska 66 at Central Washington 75; Alaska Anchorage 93 at Northwest Nazarene 100 (ot); MSU Billings 59 at Seattle Pacific 91; Western Washington 90 at Saint Martin’s 79; Simon Fraser 91 at Western Oregon 93. If either SPU or CWU win two games this weekend that team will claim the No. 2 seed. If NNU sweeps Montana State Billings and SPU, and SPU beats CWU, the Crusaders will earn the bye as long as CWU then also defeats MSUB. Western Washington has also qualified for the regional and could end up seeded either fourth, fifth or sixth depending on what happens this weekend. THIS WEEK: Thursday – Saint Martin’s at Alaska, 7:30 p.m.; Western Oregon at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Seattle Pacific; Northwest Nazarene at MSU Billings; Simon Fraser at Western Washington. Saturday – Western Oregon at Alaska, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin’s at Alaska Anchorage, 3:15 p.m.; Central Washington at MSU Billings; Northwest Nazarene at Seattle Pacific. (End-of-regular season). The Vikings, who have won seven straight, complete their regular-season Thursday with a home game against Simon Fraser. CWU, SPU, NNU Battle For First-Round Bye That is one of five games on Thursday’s schedule. PORTLAND, Ore. – Western Oregon has clinched the GNAC’s regular-season title and a first-round bye in next week’s GNAC Championships at Alterowitz Gymnasium in Billings, Mont. The schedule will also send Western Oregon to Anchorage to play Alaska Anchorage, Saint Martin’s to Fairbanks to take on Alaska and Northwest Nazarene to Billings to face MSUB. The Wolves will play in the conference semifinals on Friday, March 6 against the winner of a Thursday firstround game between the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds. WOU Ranked 20th in NABC, 23rd in D2SIDA Polls Western Oregon fell five positions to No. 20 in this week’s NABC national poll after splitting two games last week, losing 73-50 to rejuvenated Western Oregon Thursday before defeating Simon Fraser 93-91 Saturday. This weekend three teams – Seattle Pacific, Central Washington and Northwest Nazarene – will chase the second first-round bye. The Wolves, who also slipped seven positions to No. 23 in the D2SIDA national poll, played both games without Andy Avgi, who is the GNAC’s third leading scorer averaging 18.1 points per game. Currently, SPU and CWU are tied for second one game ahead of NNU. Alaska Anchorage is also one game back of the Falcons and Wildcats. However, both teams swept the 1