Conference Game Day #20!

Hi, we’ve now completed our fifth regular season of writing about GNAC Men’s Basketball and we still clearly DON’T KNOW ANYTHING. No, parity is just amazing. It’s so fun to be in a conference in which literally any team can win on any given night.

One of the CWU broadcasters joked in 2OT that it was GNAC Basketball After Dark, and as a religious watcher of Pac-12 After Dark because of the chaos it tends to bring… Heck yes. It was definitely GNAC Basketball After Dark, and so… Let’s talk about it!

MSUB 92 @ UAF 65

UAF never had any hope. Ever. There was a point about five minutes in when they were only down by five and… That was the high point of hope. MSUB absolutely crushed them and left no doubt. We love it. We love seeing teams do this as they’re going into post-season.

Jackets highlights: Sven Jeuschede had 11 points; Zharon Richmond had five boards; Tyler Green had nine boards; Melvin had nine points, five fouls, and a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had an amazing night going 6-7 from three and finishing with 19 points and seven boards. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima is getting hot at the right time and had nine points and five boards; and BRENDAN HOWARD had 25 points and seven boards on great shooting.

Nooks highlights: Alex Baham had 15 points and five boards; Daulton Lootens had five boards. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had seven points; Jaqua Morrow had six points; and MICHAEL KLUTING had 27 points and 10 boards in what’s become a typical outing. BEAST. Tymoryae Glover didn’t play.

Huge congrats to the Jackets on heading into the conference tournament with your stingers out, and… Thank God It’s Over for UAF. Next year should be better.

WOU 68 @ SFU 56

In a game that seemed destined to be a blowout from the start, it interestingly enough wasn’t. It was reminiscent of the SPU/CWU game on Thursday in that WOU would go up comfortably and then SFU would climb back in, and then WOU would go up comfortably and then SFU would climb back in, and then ultimately WOU won comfortably.

Wolves highlights: Dalven Brushier had 19 points and six boards, as well as going 6-6 from the line; and Riley Hawken had 12 points and seven boards. Off the bench Brandell Evans had six boards; and Buster Souza had six points and five boards.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 12 points; Wil Balata had 13 points and eight boards; Mike Provenzano had six assists; and Jasdeep Singh had 13 points and nine boards. Off the bench Bongani Moyo had five boards.

This game was honestly terrible as it comes to a numbers stand point, but… Someone has to win and someone has to lose and we’re a little disappointed in SFU. This game was totally in your grasp and you let it go. Congrats to the Wolves on bouncing back and getting it done.

CU-PDX 79 @ WWU 70

Cavs, do you know how much we love you?? A LOT. Just when we’d finally been like “Okay, they’re good, but they’ve lost it, and they’re not coming back,” THEY COME BACK. THEY GET THE WIN. They end the season as giant killers. Is WWU a giant this year? Not really, but… We live in the past. Our first year of GNAC basketball WWU won the Natty, so giants they remain. They also have such deep pockets, that it’s like seriously?? How are you not winning. This is ridiculous. They’re the Arizona of the GNAC.

Cavs highlights: Jarrett Gray had 13 points, five boards, and five assists; Dom Bradley had 11 points and nine boards; and Hunter Sweet had 17 points, five boards, and four assists among a flawless full house. Off the bench Cody Starr had five assists; and Dakota Ayala had 12 points and 11 boards on good shooting.

Viks highlights: Tyler Payned had five assists; Leif Anderson had 11 points; Jalen Green had six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine boards; Cameron Rethford had 13 points, eight boards, and five fouls among efficient shooting and a full house of stats in just 24 minutes; and off the bench Micah Winn had 14 points.

Once again: Great job to CU-PDX on letting Trevor shoot. Congrats to the Viks on getting through this trying season.

SMU 105 @ CWU 96 in 2OT!!

Hooooly cow. You gave them everything they could handle and you almost had it, Wildcats. The good news is, had you won, you would have handed SPU a share of the conference title, so… Maybe there’s a bright side in the loss. Respect your rivalries. Losing just so your rival doesn’t get a share. That’s admirable. Congrats to SMU on digging deep and finding a way to win, and thus winning the conference regular season outright.

Saints highlights:  Luke Chavez had 33 points and five boards while going 6-6 from the line; Jared Matthews had 10 points; and Rhett Baerlocher had 14 points and eight boards while playing -45- minutes, geez. Off the bench BJ STANDLEY had 29 points, five boards, and six assists while playing -46- minutes; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and eight boards while playing -38- minutes. This is why we maintain the Saints have seven/eight starters. The Saints have lost EJ Boyce meanwhile gaining Jared Matthews, so… 7.5 starters.

Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 27 points and five boards; Naim Ladd had 16 points; Jackson Price was back down to earth and had five fouls; Malik Montoya had nine points, six boards, and five fouls; Matt Poquette had 14 points on good shooting and while going 8-8 from the line; and off the bench Gamaun Boykin had 16 points and eight assists.

Once again: HOOOOLY COW. We actually got back to our hotel just in time to watch both periods of OT. Do we wish we had been at this game? Honestly no, because had we been we wouldn’t have discovered how awesome the CWU broadcast guys are. Love it. Also loved seeing Naim Ladd have a great final game. Again: Congrats to SMU on winning the conference regular season outright.

SPU 87 @ NNU 82

Oh goodness. What. A. Game. SPU would go up by eight or so and be there for a bit and the NNU would hit shots, and then SPU would go up by eight or so, and… Back and forth until the final five or so minutes when things got REAL and it seemed as though NNU was refusing to lose this game. It didn’t work out that way, but the drive and the “taking what’s ours” play style was there.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Nikhil Lizotte had 23 points and went 7-8 from the line; Nathan Streufert had five boards; and GAVIN LONG had 21 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards among a full house of stats; Sam Boone had five boards in just seven minutes; and Divant’e Moffitt had six points.

Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 30 points and five boards and went 9-9 from the line; Obi Megwa was on fire nad had 22 points; and Spider had five fouls and five boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had six points; Beto Diaz had four boards; Felix White had four boards; and Jayden Bezzant was ON and had 15 points and a huge presence on the court.

We thought this game was headed to OT. It was crazy. It was amazing. We’re excited to see this NNU team back on track. If they play like this on Thursday, SFU has no hope. So many great moments from players on both teams. Special shout-out to Coleman Wooten of SPU for sportsmanship. Felix White of NNU ended up getting the wind knocked out of him while a bunch of guys were battling in the paint, and it was Coleman that was with him the whole time, making sure he was okay, and talking him through it.

THIS. IS. MARCH. MADNESS. Love you all soooo much, we’re so proud of you, and can’t wait for those that we’ll see at the conference tournament.

Tomorrow, we’ll get into the Bracketology Round #2 regarding what’s gone on in the CCAA, Pac-West, and yes also the GNAC because in pre and post season, we tend to get a lot of their folks checking in.

We think we’ll wait until Tuesday for Player-of-the-Week because the bracketology is more pressing, but… Maybe both. We’ll see.

Once again: Thank-you so much NNU, we had a great time. Great atmosphere.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!