PORTLAND, Ore. - As the last standing undefeated basketball team in GNAC play, the Alaska Anchorage men's squad was selected the GNAC's Red Lion Team of the Week after home wins over Simon Fraser and Western Washington.
'Having had to battle through some adversity early in the season, this group has already proven to be a very hard-working and cohesive team,' said head coach Rusty Osborne. 'It's nice to be recognized for that effort, but we still have a lot of work left.'
The Seawolves entered the week as one of three teams in all of GNAC basketball undefeated in conference action, but were the lone team to escape the week unscathed. They used two strong offensive performances to defeat Simon Fraser 96-83 on Thursday and Western Washington 87-84 on Saturday at the Alaska Airlines Center.
'It's certainly ideal to be unbeaten right now, but we know we're only just past the quarter mark of league play and this is an extremely competitive conference,' Osborne said. 'We're looking forward to seeing how we measure up the next two weeks against some very good opponents.'
Alaska Anchorage won their seventh straight game, moving to 6-0 in GNAC play and 13-4 overall. Against Simon Fraser, the Seawolves were led by Sekou Wiggs (6'4''-PG-94)' 23 points and eight rebounds. Seniors Christian Leckband and Brian McGill came off the bench to add 21 and 17 points, respectively, as the Seawolves cruised to a double-digit victory. They shot 31 of 60 (51.7 percent) from the field and held an advantage of 29 on free throw attempts. The Seawolves never trailed in the contest.
After Western Washington defeated previously unbeaten Alaska in a thrilling overtime contest, Alaska Anchorage got its shot at the Vikings. The Seawolves took a 43-35 lead into halftime, but had to hold off a furious rally from the visitors. Western Washington knotted the game up at 77 apiece with just over five minutes remaining, but the Seawolves finished on a 10-7 run to claim their seventh straight victory.
'We showed a real lack of intensity on Thursday night against a Simon Fraser team that played very hard in its first game without its leading scorer,' said Osborne. 'Luckily, we turned that around Saturday and took the lead early against Western Washington. That was important because we put ourselves in position to withstand their run and come up with the big plays at the end of the game.'
Wiggs led the team once again with 21 points, six assists and three rebounds. Spencer Svejcar added 18 points with five assists and McGill chipped in 14 points, seven assists and five rebounds off the bench. The Seawolves shot over 50 percent from the field again, finishing 30 of 59, and scored 25 points off of the bench.
'We took much better care of the ball Saturday with just 10 turnovers (after 18 vs. SFU) and we continued to move the ball well on offense, which led to good shooting percentages in both games,' Osborne said.
The Seawolves lead the GNAC in scoring margin (+14.5) and free throw percentage (.786) this season. They rank first in Division II in free throws made (370), third in free throw attempts (471) and third in total assists (295). Wiggs leads the GNAC in scoring with 23.8 points per game and is third in the nation in total points (405), while teammate Corey Hammell is first in the GNAC in rebounding with 10.0 boards per contest and leads the nation in offensive rebounds per game at 4.71.
Alaska Anchorage returns to action Tues., Jan. 12, hosting Montana State Billings. They then travel to face Alaska in a battle of two of the top teams in the GNAC standings this season on Sat., Jan 16.
Dixie State stopped at No. 8/9 Hawaii Pacific on Monday, 76-66 - 1 day ago
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Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the... [read more]
Dixie State saw its slim Pacific West Conference regular season title hopes dashed Monday night as the Trailblazers fell at No. 8/9 Hawai'i Pacific, 76-66, in Honolulu. DSU (18-7, 15-4 PacWest) trailed 44-42 at the intermission after a first half that seesawed back-and-forth with seven ties and 15 lead changes, as well as seven missed Trailblazer free throws. The Trailblazers reclaimed the lead at 47-44 with five-straight points to open the second half as Trevor Hill (6'4''-G-96) tied the game with a jumper and Brandon Simister (6'0''-PG-94) nailed a 3-pointer to give DSU the three-point cushion. However, the Sharks (25-2, 17-2 PacWest) countered with a 12-4 run, capped by a Josh Looney lay-in and free throw, as HPU wrestled back the lead at 56-51 with 15:21 to play. Dixie State rallied to make a one-point game at 56-55 at the 13:53 mark, but then the Trailblazers went ice cold offensively as DSU went more than seven minutes without a field goal. Meanwhile HPU rattled off a 10-4 spurt in that stretch, as DSU hit just 4-of-7 from the foul line, to extend to its biggest lead of the game at 66-59 with 6:24 to go after a pair of Looney free throws. Simister finally broke the drought with a big 3-pointer to pull the Trailblazers to within four at 66-62 with 6:05 remaining. DSU's defense then came up with much-needed stops on the Sharks' next two possession, but Dixie State could not capitalize on the offensive end as Hawai'i Pacific held the Trailblazers to just four points the rest of the way to close out the victory. Simister led the Trailblazers with 19 points on 7-of-14 shooting with two treys, while Bradley poured in 14 of his 17 points in the first half to go along with seven rebounds and Hill finished with 15 points, seven boards and two blocked shots. Dixie State shot a blistering 60.0 percent (18-of-30) in the first half but was held to just 31.8 percent (7-of-22) in the second frame to finish at 48.1 percent (25-of-52) for the game. DSU was done in at the free-throw line as the Trailblazers shot a season-low 44.4 percent (12-of-27) at the stripe, which included eight more missed attempts in the second half. DSU also committed eight second-half turnovers and finished with 15 for the game, compared to just eight HPU miscues. DSU and HPU each finished with 35 rebounds, though the Sharks held a 12-9 edge on the offensive glass. Looney led all scorers with 24 points, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. The Sharks shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor, including 8-of-33 (.242) from the perimeter, and hit 94.7 percent (18-of-19) from the foul line, which was a DSU opponent season high. Dixie State wraps up the 2016-17 regular season at home this Saturday, Feb. 25, as the Trailblazers welcome Holy Names to the Burns Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. The game will also serve as Senior Night as DSU seniors Marcus Bradley (6'6''-F) and Josh Fuller will be honored prior to tip-off. Courtesy of: deseretnews.com
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and f... [read more]
The Aggie basketball team used a strong shooting game to upset the No. 13/19 ranked UT Permian Basin Falcons on the road, 90-87. The win improves CU to 15-10 overall and 8-7 in Lone Star Conference play. The first 10 minutes of play was neck and neck with CU uses small runs five and six points to hold a three point lead at the 9:07 mark. The Aggies slowly built up their lead in the next six minutes of play, going up by nine with 3:16 left to play in the half. The two teams went back and forth in the final minutes of the first half and at the break Cameron found themselves up 44-34 at the break thanks to a last second old fashioned three point play from Jalen Nicholas (6'6''-G/F). The Aggies shot over 56 percent from the field in the first half, going 5-12 from the perimeter while hitting all three of their free throw attempts. They held the Falcons to just 30.8 percent from the field through the first 20 minutes, but UTPB did make 5-13 from three and converted 13 off their 16 free throw attempts. JV Long (6'1''-PG) led CU at the break with nine points and three assists, while Tyler Williams (6'3''-G) had eight points and Trey Hall had seven. Vinnie Abbondola (6'2''-G) led UT Permian Basin at the half with nine points on 3-4 shooting from long range. The Aggies kept up their momentum to start the second half, stretching their lead to 20 points at the 15:59 mark. However, that is when UTPB made their move, as they used a 14-2 run to put the game at 62-54 with 13:33 left in the half. They slowly kept eating away at CU's lead and by the 4:13 mark, the Falcons were down by just four points. The two teams traded buckets back-and-forth through the final minutes of play with the margin hovering around 3-4 points. Clutch free throw shooting by the Aggies down the stretch helped them secure the 90-87. Cameron finished the game with a 52.5 field goal percentage, while going 12-26 from the perimeter and 16-22 from the charity stripe. They got 25 points off of 23 UTPB turnovers and had 31 points from off the bench. Long finished with 21 points, going 8-13 from the field and 3-6 from three, and six assists, while Hall finished with 18 points, hitting 4-9 from long range. Williams chipped in 14 points and Momoh had 11. UT Permian Basin (19-5, 10-4) had won nine straight before Saturday's loss. They shot 44.2 percent from the field, 44 percent from the perimeter, and converted on 30 of their 37 free throws. Daeshon Francis (6'4''-G) led the Falcons with 22 points, while Johnnie Lacy had 20 and Josh Morris had 17. Cameron will finish out the regular season at home as they have three straight at the Aggie Gym. They will begin by hosting Western New Mexico on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Courtesy of: cameronaggies.com
CoSIDA NCAA Division II Academic All-District Awards 2016-17 - 9 days ago
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District 1 Michael Coffey (6'1''-G) of ADELPHI Jack Jones (6'8''-F, college: St.Rose, NY) of SAINT ROSE Julian Lipinski (6'8''-F) of SAINT ROSE Michael Mallory (6'1''-G) of S. CONNECTICUT STATE Tyler Sayre (6'6''-F) of SAINT ROSE District 2 Noah Davis (6'6''-F) of SETON HILL Matthew Dogan (6'7''-G) of GANNON A.J. Leahey (6'7''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN Dan Monteroso (6'3''-G) of WEST LIBERTY Isaac Vescovi (6'6''-F) of PITTSBURGH-JOHNSTOWN District 3 Jaumonee Byrd (6'6''-F-94) of CLAYTO... [read more]
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