Men's Basketball Weekly Report

Jan. 20, 2015 Contact: Bob Guptill (bguptill@gnacsports.com) 503-305-8756 / www.gnacsports.com 5 Teams Separated by One Game as GNAC Race Nears Midway Point GNAC Western Oregon Seattle Pacific Central Washington Alaska Anchorage Northwest Nazarene Western Washington Alaska Saint Martin’s MSU Billings Simon Fraser Conf. W L 6 1 6 2 5 2 5 2 5 2 2 5 2 5 2 5 2 6 1 6 All W 14 14 10 9 7 9 5 5 4 6 L 3 4 4 8 10 8 10 12 14 9 H 9-1 7-1 7-1 6-4 4-3 8-0 4-3 3-4 2-6 5-2 A N 4-2 1-0 3-3 4-0 1-2 2-1 3-3 0-1 3-4 1-3 0-6 1-2 1-4 1-3 2-3 0-5 2-6 0-2 0-7 1-0 Seattle Pacific (14-4, 6-2), meanwhile, has Thursday off before playing at Montana State Billings (4-14, 2-6) in its travel partner game Saturday. Alaska Anchorage (9-8, 5-2) hosts Central Washington (104, 5-2) Thursday and Northwest Nazarene (7-10, 5-2) Saturday as the teams jockey for third place. The weekend schedule will also feature games between Alaska (5-10, 2-5) and NNU and CWU and between Saint Martin’s (5-12, 2-5) and Western Washington and Simon Fraser. LAST WEEK: Wednesday – Western Washington 71 at Central Washington 74. Thursday – Alaska 78 at MSU Billings 83; Alaska Anchorage 51 at Seattle Pacific 73; Simon Fraser 103 at Northwest Nazarene 107. Saturday – Alaska 64 at Seattle Pacific 76; Alaska Anchorage 70 at MSU Billings 62; Simon Fraser 95 at Central Washington 104; Western Washington 73 at Northwest Nazarene 80; Saint Martin’s 68 at Western Oregon 82. Western Oregon Slips Past SPU In D2SIDA Poll The top four teams in this week’s D2SIDA West Regional poll all come from the PacWest Conference led by No. 1 Cal Baptist. THIS WEEK: Thursday – Northwest Nazarene at Alaska, 7:30 p.m.; Central Washington at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Saint Martin’s at Western Washington; Western Oregon at Simon Fraser. Saturday – Central Washington at Alaska, 7:30 p.m.; Northwest Nazarene at Alaska Anchorage, 7:30 p.m.; Seattle Pacific at MSU Billings; Saint Martin’s at Simon Fraser; Western Oregon at Western Washington. Western Oregon is in fifth after leapfrogging over No. 6 Seattle Pacific this week. The Wolves were seventh in last week’s poll. The poll is unofficial as the NCAA will beginning producing its own official NCAA regional poll beginning next month to determine which five at-large teams will eventually join the GNAC, PacWest and CCAA champions in the regional playoffs. PORTLAND, Ore. – As the Great Northwest Athletic Conference basketball race approaches the halfway point this weekend, there is perfect symmetry to the conference standings. In this week’s NABC National poll, both Western Oregon and Seattle Pacific were among ‘’others receiving votes” and are 28th and 33rd overall. One team – Western Oregon – is 6-1 and one team is 1-6. One team – Seattle Pacific – is 6-2 and one team is 2-6. Three teams – Central Washington, Alaska Anchorage and Northwest Nazarene – are all 5-2 and three others are 2-5. The NBAC poll is also unofficial and will have no impact on the selection of playoff teams. With five teams separated by just one game – and the three 5-2 teams squaring off in Alaska – it could be a big weekend as the teams begin jostling for the six playoff positions. D2SIDA West Regional Poll (records through Jan. 19) – 1. Cal Baptist (14-1); 2. Azusa Pacific (15-2); 3. BYU-Hawaii (11-2); 4. Point Loma (13-3); 5. Western Oregon (14-3); 6. Seattle Pacific (14-4); 7. Cal Poly Pomona (11-4); Western Oregon (13-3); 8. Cal State Stanislaus (11-4); 9. Dixie State (10-5); 10. UC San Diego (95). Western Oregon (14-3, 6-1) takes its ½ game lead over Seattle Pacific (14-4, 6-2) north for games with Simon Fraser (6-9, 1-6) Thursday and Western Washington (9-8, 2-5) Saturday. 1