Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Jan. 6, 2015 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 / www.gnacsports.com SPU, WWU Game on ROOT Sports Highlights GNAC Weekend Slate GNAC Western Oregon Seattle Pacific Alaska Anchorage Central Washington Northwest Nazarene Alaska Saint Martin’s Simon Fraser Western Washington MSU Billings Conf. W L 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 0 3 0 4 All W 11 11 7 7 4 5 5 6 7 2 L 3 3 7 3 9 7 9 5 6 12 H 6-1 5-1 6-4 5-1 1-3 4-2 3-2 5-0 6-0 1-5 steals (17.1), and turnover margin (11.8) and also ranks second in offensive rebounds averaging 17.4. The Clan (50) are also one of two GNAC teams, along with WWU (6-0), unbeaten at home. A N 4-2 1-0 2-2 4-0 1-2 0-1 0-1 2-1 2-3 1-3 1-2 1-3 2-2 0-5 0-5 1-0 0-4 1-2 0-5 0-2 The Falcons are nationally ranked in four categories, including third in both field goal percentage (52.9) and rebounding (12.0), ninth in scoring margin (19.5) and 16th in scoring defense (62.3). Western Washington (7-6 overall) was the GNAC coaches’ pre-season choice to win the conference title, but is off to a 0-3 league start losing three road games by a combined margin of 10 points including games at Alaska (64-60) and Alaska Anchorage (62-60) last weekend. LAST WEEK’S RESULTS: Thursday – Western Washington 60 at Alaska 64; Simon Fraser 86 at Alaska Anchorage 108; Saint Martin’s 66 MSU Billings 65; Western Oregon 76 at Seattle Pacific 83. Saturday – Simon Fraser 111 at Alaska 121; Western Washington 60 at Alaska Anchorage 62; Northwest Nazarene 74 at Central Washington 67; Western Oregon 72 at MSU Billing 64; Saint Martin’s 52 at Seattle Pacific 87. WWU, which hosts Montana State Billings (2-12, 0-4) Thursday, was a woeful 18 of 38 from the foul line in the two narrow losses. THIS WEEK: Thursday – Central Washington at Saint Martin’s, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Western Washington; Northwest Nazarene at Western Oregon, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Simon Fraser. Saturday – Alaska Anchorage at Alaska; Central Washington at Western Oregon, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Simon Fraser; Northwest Nazarene at Saint Martin’s, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Western Washington. In addition to the MSUB-WWU and SPU-SFU games, Thursday’s schedule will also match Central Washington (7-3, 2-1) and Saint Martin’s (5-9, 2-2) at Lacey and Northwest Nazarene (4-9, 2-1) and Western Oregon at Monmouth. Vikings Takes 10-Game Home Win Streak Into Regionally-Televised Game Alaska (5-7, 2-2) and Alaska Anchorage are idle Thursday before playing Saturday at 7 p.m. at The Patty Center. PORTLAND, Ore. - Over the past four seasons, Western Washington has been nearly unbeatable at home winning 46 of 47 contests, including its last 10. Seattle Pacific 5th in D2SIDA Region Poll Seattle Pacific climbed four positions to fifth place in this week’s D2SIDA Men’s Basketball regional poll after sweeping Western Oregon and Saint Martin’s. The lone loss (76-60) came nearly a year ago (on Jan. 15) to Seattle Pacific. The defending GNAC champion Falcons return to Sam Carver Gym this Saturday for a regionallytelevised game on ROOT Sports. Western Oregon, meanwhile, slipped from fourth to sixth. Central Washington, eighth a week ago, fell out of the Top 10 after losing to Northwest Nazarene. Tip-off will be at 9 p.m. (Pacific). SPU (11-3, 3-1), which is in a three-way tie for first-place with Western Oregon (11-3, 3-1) and Alaska Anchorage (77, 3-1) starts the week Thursday at Simon Fraser. The poll is unofficial. The NCAA will conduct its own official regional poll beginning in February which will determine which five teams join the GNAC, CCAA and PacWest champions in the playoffs in March. Simon Fraser (6-5, 1-2) is the NCAA Division II national leaders in scoring (124.3), three-pointers made (16.2), D2SIDA West Regional Poll – 1. Azusa Pacific (13-1); 2. Cal Baptist (10-1); 3. BYU-Hawaii 9-1; 4. Cal Poly Pomona (8-3); 1