Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Jan. 27, 2015 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 /www.gnacsports.com Second Half Begins With Wolves One Game Ahead of SPU, CWU GNAC Western Oregon Seattle Pacific Central Washington Alaska Anchorage Northwest Nazarene Western Washington Simon Fraser Alaska Saint Martin’s MSU Billings Conf. W L 8 1 7 2 7 2 6 3 6 3 3 6 2 7 2 7 2 7 2 7 All W 16 15 12 10 8 10 7 5 5 4 L 3 4 4 9 11 9 10 12 14 15 H 9-1 7-1 7-1 7-5 3-3 9-1 6-3 4-5 3-4 2-7 A N 6-2 1-0 4-3 4-0 3-2 2-1 3-3 0-1 4-5 1-3 0-6 1-2 0-7 1-0 1-4 0-3 2-5 0-5 1-6 1-2 The Wolves are “among others receiving votes” in the D2SIDA national poll and are 34th overall. They are the first GNAC teams to receive votes in the D2SIDA national poll since Dec. 9. Western Oregon opens the second half of the conference season at home Thursday hosting Montana State Billings (4-15, 2-7) Thursday before facing Seattle Pacific Saturday in a showdown for first place. The Falcons open their week Thursday with a road game at Saint Martin’s (5-14, 2-7). LAST WEEK: Thursday – Northwest Nazarene 75 at Alaska 73; Central Washington 77 at Alaska Anchorage 68; Saint Martin’s 61 at Western Washington 64; Western Oregon 114 at Simon Fraser 75. Saturday – Central Washington 74 at Alaska 70; Northwest Nazarene 57 at Alaska Anchorage 67; Seattle Pacific 60 at MSU Billings 44; Saint Martin’s 87 at Simon Fraser 97; Western Oregon 90 at Western Washington 87. Elsewhere Thursday, Alaska (5-12, 2-7) plays at Simon Fraser (7-10, 2-7) and Alaska Anchorage (10-9, 6-3) visits Western Washington (10-9, 3-6). Meanwhile, Central Washington will take Thursday off before traveling to Nampa to play Northwest Nazarene (811, 6-3) Saturday. THIS WEEK: Thursday – Alaska at Simon Fraser; Alaska Anchorage at Western Washington; MSU Billings at Western Oregon; Seattle Pacific at Saint Martin’s. Saturday – Alaska at Western Washington; Alaska Anchorage at Simon Fraser; Central Washington at Northwest Nazarene, 7:30 p.m.; MSU Billings at Saint Martin’s, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at Western Oregon. D2SIDA West Regional Poll (records through Jan. 26) – 1. Azusa Pacific (17-2); 2. Cal Baptist (15-2); 3. BYU-Hawaii (15-2); 4. Western Oregon (16-3); 5. Seattle Pacific (15-4); 6. Dixie State (135); 7. Cal Poly Pomona (13-4); 8. Point Loma (13-5); 9. Chico State (12-5); 10. Cal State Stanislaus (12-5). (Note: D2SIDA poll is unofficial. NCAA will conduct an official regional poll beginning in February). Western Oregon Earns First NABC Ranking PORTLAND, Ore. – Western Oregon has received its first NABC national ranking of the 2014-15 season. Avgi Joins 1000-Point Club The Wolves (16-3), who had been “among others receiving votes” in the last six polls, debuted in the Top 25 at No. 24 after sweeping road games at Simon Fraser and Western Washington last weekend running its winning streak to six games. Western Oregon center Andy Avgi scored 44 points last weekend to become the 60th player in GNAC history to score 1,000 or more career points. Avgi made 18-of-29 field goal attempts. He also had 13 rebounds and three steals and also converted on 7-of-7 free throws. Avgi currently ranks 60th in GNAC history in scoring with 1,020 points. Seattle Pacific (15-4) and Central Washington (12-4) were “among others receiving votes” in this week’s rankings and were 32nd and 41th overall. The Falcons and Wildcats are tied for second place at the midway point of the conference race with 7-2 GNAC records, trailing Western Oregon (8-1) by one game each. The next player likely to join the 1,000-point career club is Kevin Rima of Northwest Nazarene. He has 946 career points. Rima also needs 40 rebounds to reach 600. Riley Stockton of Seattle Pacific needs four assists to reach 400. In this week’s D2SIDA West Regional poll, Western Oregon is ranked fourth and Seattle Pacific is ranked fifth. 1