Gooood morning from Spokane, Washington! There were some absolutely incredible and very stereotypically GNAC games last night, and so… Let’s talk about them.
SFU 79 @ CU-PDX 56
We were kind of 50/50 on this game; CU-Portland was going to come out swinging, or they were going to roll over and die, and the same went for Simon Fraser; either they would come out swinging, or they would take pity and make it close. As it turns out, all of the above happened. Concordia let at the half, and then Simon Fraser destroyed them in the second half.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had six boards and five assists; Mike Provenzano had 17 points, five boards, and five assists; Jas Singh had 13 points, five boards, and five assists; and Julian Roche had 14 points and five boards. Off the bench Corey Nzigamasabo had four boards and four points; and Mike Hannan had five points.
Cavs highlights: Off the bench Caleb Larsen had five assists; Dakota Ayala had 16 points; and Dane Agost had five boards.
We have no idea what CU-PDX was doing with their starting line-up, nor how Hunter Sweet disappeared so badly. We may go back and skim through the video feed of this game, because these numbers are beyond strange. It appears that Rhodes is attempting to allow everyone shoot their shot and demonstrate their game as they begin the transfer process, and you would think a very up-and-down SFU team would be a good chance to do that, and yet… It apparently wasn’t. Congrats to the Clan on getting a very important ‘W’ in the fight for the conference tournament.
WWU 72 @ WOU 89
The score actually tells a pretty accurate picture. WOU would lead comfortably, and then with about 10 minutes left in the 1st half WWU managed to get back into it and then WOU walked away again. At one point in the second half WWU got within four, but WOU clamped down and got it done well and thoroughly.
Viking highlights: Siaan Rojas had 19 points, eight boards, and five assists among a full house of stats; Logan Schilder had 10 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and Trevor Jasinsky went 5-7 from the line. Off the bench LEIF ANDERSON shot well and had 15 points; and Cameron Retherford had seven points and five fouls.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson went 8-8 from the line; Cameron Cranston had 13 points and five boards; Dalven Brushier had 17 points and five boards; Darius Lubom had five boards; John Morrill-Keeler had 16 points and six boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Emanuel Gant’s reign as the conference’s premier sixth man continued with 15 points, eight boards, four assists, and four steals among a full house of stats.
Ridiculously pleased with the Wolves’ teamwork. Still have no idea what the Viks are doing, but… They can be a good team. They should get the win against Concordia on Saturday, so the fight continues.
SPU 83 @ MSUB 62
The Jackets kept up well in the first half until the Falcons went on an 11-0 run and were up by 12 at halftime. Pretty funny sequence with about a minute left in the first half; the Jackets finally responded and went on a 4-0 run, which caused Grant Leep to get visibly consternated and promptly call a time-out. The second half was largely uneventful, although the Jackets did do a solid job at shutting Divant’e Moffitt down, so props there.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points and seven boards; Divant’e had 14 points; and Gabe Colosimo had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 15 points and four boards; Sharif Khan had three steals; Mehdi El Mardi had seven points and five boards; and Jacob Medjo had seven points and six boards. Gavin Long was MVP of supporting his teammates.
Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had six boards; and Brendan Howard went 6-6 from the line. Off the bench Psalm Maduakour had 11 points and four boards; and Jordan Lehrer had four boards and an absolutely incredible dunk on 5’11 Braden Olsen. We see you Jordan, we see you.
MSUB actually did a pretty good job containing the Falcons overall, while the Falcons did a fantastic job rotating on Brendan Howard. While he finished with 15 points, he went 4-14 from the field, and so that’s a great defensive performance to see the Falcons have against a truly fantastic player.
SMU 75 @ SPU 86
This game was hysterical. Literally no one in that gym was mentally there and the feeling was completely lackadaisical. The game itself from the get-go gave us the impression that while SMU was never going to win, SPU was never going to run away with it either, and that’s exactly what happened.
Saints highlights: CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; Logan Rooney had five boards; Alex Clinton had 12 points; Marky Adams was freed and had 12 points on good shooting while playing 32 minutes; off the bench Alex Schumacher had 21 points.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points, nine boards, and six assists; Divant’e Moffit had 14 points; Gabe Colosimo had eight boards; and Shaw Anderson had 15 points. Off the bench BRADEN OLSEN had 24 points; Sharif Khan had six points; and Jacob Medjo had six points.
We’re not sure whether the Falcons were unprepared to face Alex Schumacher because he’d been seeing minimal minutes, or if they simply didn’t care. Maybe both? But he had a great game, so that’s fun. Congrats to SPU on getting the ‘W’ and congrats to SMU on putting up some good numbers.
CWU 66 @ UAF 63
HOOOOOLY GUACAMOLE. This game was insane. Close the whole time. Everything you want in a GNAC game of chaos. We’re stunned that the Nooks didn’t pull it out, but… Apparently CWU wanted it more. Which makes sense, we suppose, considering CWU is on the conference tournament bubble while UAF is as comfortable as any GNAC team in the horde of teams trying to make the tournament.
Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had nine points; Kevin Baker had seven boards; and Marqus Gilson shot well and had nine points and 11 boards. Off the bench JERYN LUCAS had 25 points; Gamaun Boykin had nine points; Matt Poquette had five boards, and Micah Pollard had four boards.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz had 27 points, five assists, and five steals; and Spencer Sweet had 13 points. Off the bench Markel Banks had eight points and seven boards; and Alex Sommerfield had five points and four boards.
A lot went wrong for the Nooks tonight and they kept a red hot Wildcat team within three, which we’re not really sure means a whole lot, especially playing at home, but… We’re not concerned about this lost, honestly. It was an intense game and as long as they bounce back against the Nighthawks on Saturday, it should be largely inconsequential, despite the fact that bouncing back against the Nighthawks likely will be a tall order. Congrats to the Wildcats on a HUUUUGE win!
NNU 89 @ UAA 90 in OT
HOOOOLY BANANAS. NNU was in the lead literally the entire time until UAA tied it up with seven seconds left in the game, and then… The Seawolves won it in OT. By one. Which was the most they led by for one brief point in regulation. This has to be beyond heartbreaking for the Nighthawks and so… We anticipate they’ll be in death mode on Saturday.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 25 points and seven assists; and Spider Adentunji had 14 points and 11 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Jaylen Fox had 10 points and four assists; and Zeke Alley had 18 points, five boards, and four assists.
Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 10 points; Tyrus Hosley had 13 points, four boards, and 11 assists; Jack Macdonald had 13 points, five boards, and six assists; and OGGIE PANTOVIC had a whopping 26 points and 15 boards for the double-double. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had seven points and four boards; and Tyler Brimhall was back in action with seven points.
This game is just mind blowing. We’re ridiculously proud of the Seawolves while simultaneously being ridiculously devastated for the Nighthawks, and how amazing is that? NNU has been insanely hot for so long now and so for the Seawolves to get the win is big, while for the Nighthawks to lose in Anchorage isn’t honestly the end of the world. UAA is a good team and Anchorage is a hard place to play. The trick will be bouncing back on Saturday; while we said the Nighthawks are a tall order for the Nanooks, the Nanooks are a tall order for the Nighthawks.
What an amazing night. We had a great time in Billings.
Congrats to all teams on hard games well fought.
Game previews will be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!