This season is kicking our butt, so… We’re quite proud of these results:
CWU 81 @ MSUB 77
Hard fought. Billings was close to taking advantage of the home court, but CWU said “Nope, we’re road Wildcats.” That sounds grim, but these ones are actually alive! Good job CWU.
Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had 10 points; Dom Hunter had a double-double including 11 boards; Terry Dawn had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 23 points; and Fuquan Niles had 10 points and six blocks, but was mostly contained. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had nine points.
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 16 points and seven boards along with a full house; Marc Matthews had 15 points and five boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had seven pionts, six boards, and three steals; while Cinco Durr had 21 points.
Back and forth ’til the very end. Couldn’t have asked for a better game. Congrats Wildcats!
CU-PDX 64 @ SMU 84
SMU gets the win at home, and this is the one game we were 100% wrong about because SMU won big. Okay, maybe we’re only 25% wrong, because we did say they would win, just not by 20. We were thinking in the realm of five. The Saints held Concordia (or Concordia held Concordia) to 1-11 from beyond the arc, yeesh.
Cav highlights: Derw Martin had nine boards and a double-double; Latrell Wilson had 14 points and was good from the FT line; Christopher Edward continues to impress with 12 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Bryan Michaels had eight points; while Brandon McGurkin grabbed four boards.
Saint highlights: Trey Ingrahm had 23 points; Cole Preston had 15 points and eight assists; Tyler copp had 14 points; Fred Jorg finally realized he was seven feet tall and grabbed 15 boards; and off the bench Brandon Kenilvort had a monster game with 15 points and 11 boards.
Good to see SMU have one of these games. Curious to see how/if CU-PDX bounces back vs. SPU.
UAA 77 @ SFU 47
Hey SPU, guess what? Simon Fraser is better than youuuuuuu. They only lost by 30.
Seawolf highlights: Suki had 18 points and nine boards; Spencer Svejcar went nutes with 31 points including great free throw shooting; Corey Hammell had seven points and 12 boards; and Connor Devine had 10 points and six boards. Off the bench Sjur Berg had four boards.
Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsom had 10 points; Othniel Spence had 16 points off the bench.
The UAA bench again saw a lot of minutes but wasn’t particularly effective. Interesting.
UAF 69 @ WWU 78
Lots of back and forth. Super good game. Feel like we’re sort of kind of starting to feel out UAF, but still really aren’t sure, not in the sense that we’re really not sure about eight other teams, but… So pensive. Calm before the storm.
Nook highlights: Bangaly Kaba had 20 points and nine boards; Zach Pederson had 16 points; Brandon Davis had 15 points; and off the bench Lorenzo Graham had five points.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had five boards; Trey Drechsel finally put up passable shooting numbers with 13 points and 10 boards; Logan Schilder behaved like the mediocre seven footer he is, scoring 13 points and grabbing 10 boards; and off the bench Trevor Jasinsky scored six points while going 4-4 from the line.
We consider a double-double the base of what a 7’0 guy should be able to get in a GNAC game. When we see undersized power forwards able to procure double-doubles at will in this conference, there really is no excuse. You’re two feet from the basket; it’s not that complicated, and shouldn’t be that difficult.
WOU 76 @ SPU 74
It was back and forth until WOU went up by six and SPU could never get it back. Not a bad game.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid went off, having 34 points, seven boards, and overall a full house -we’ll pretend it’s because we’re really enthusiastic about him and he felt our spirit. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had five boards; Isaiah Edwards had five points and four boards; Yanick Kulich had six points; and Ali Faruq-Bey had 15 points and four boards.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had seven boards; Will Parker had eight assists and four fouls; Tony Miller had a double double with 19 points, 10 boards, and four fouls; Joe Rasmussen had 20 points; and Olivier-Paul Betu had nine points. Off the bench Sharif Khan had a full house; and Gavin Long had 10 points.
First and foremost: Wait a second: We have a Pol Olivier and an Olivier-Paul. Who’d-a-thunk? Other than that, we’d consider this win quality if SPU wasn’t such a mess. The teamwork displayed by WOU was seriously impressive. Really proud of the quality minutes played by the Wolves bench.
We know it’s up late. We’ll tag it later. The first week of the year is busy at work. Game previews will go up at 11am per usual tomorrow.