See this is why we don’t talk about the Pac-West and CCAA: Because we have no idea. But it was a ridiculously fun day of games, so we’ll give you their results anyway!
#3 Cal Baptist 81 vs. #6 UC San Diego 67
No real idea what happened in this game, but skimming the box score it apparently was back and forth all game before Cal Baptist successfully made a move with about seven minutes left to go and then walked from there on out. Congrats to the Lancers!
#2 Dixie State 65 vs. #7 Azusa Pacific 69
We never saw this result coming. For some reason we were convinced of Dixie State even though we weren’t impressed when we watched them in non-con. Dixie has a history of coming on strong late and they had an impressive conference record, beat Azusa by 15 the last time the teams met, and yet… Holy guacamole this game was good. Each half seemed to pass in about a minute. It was dynamic and amazing and our highest congrats to Azusa, getting the upset. Bon voyage Dixie State, it’s been real, have fun in the RMAC. We think they’re probably more amenable to confederate flags in those parts, so maybe you’ll have to bring that back?
Now for the real discussions:
#4 Cal Poly Pomona 58 vs. #5 Saint Martin’s 66
This game was molasses-y as all heck. Much as the Dixie/APU game went by in a hot second, this game seemed to take twice as long. SMU played smarter basketball than we’ve seen them play all year and this is the right time to do it and they got the win. We think they’re much more tested both via their non-con and their conference schedule, which likely helped. We’re sooo proud of the Saints! A couple of Western Oregon fans were heckling them as they walked out, saying they were scared of WOU, but… No. They don’t need to watch a ton of WOU blowing out Point Loma because oh gee, they met a week ago. We were there to see it, unlike the WOU big talkers.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 16 points; Matt Dahlen had six boards and eight points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight points on perfect shooting from the line; and EJ Boyce continues to prove he’s the best EJ in the conference, this time having 19 points. Off the bench BJ Standley had five boards and five points; and Tavian Henderson had six boards.
Shorter line-up than usual. We thought CPP was out when they were down by sixteen, but they made a huge push and we were like “hmmm…” but ultimately SMU was playing some really good, Chico State-esque defense and it wasn’t going to happen. The only concerning number we see is EJ’s eight turnovers, but… That number is so high it seems like a one-off. He can’t possibly have that many turnovers again, so… Good he got that out of his system against the Broncos. Congrats to the Saints on a huge win and upset!
Point Loma 66 @ Western Oregon 73
This game was a tale of two halves. WOU absolutely blew out Point Loma during the first half, they were up ridiculous amounts the entire time, and it seemed ludicrous that Point Loma could come back. They did. The Sea Lions did come back. They never took the lead and even when they got it within four the game was still out of reach, but in terms of moral victories for a team that largely consists of underclassmen, it was huge. That said: the Wolves got it done and a ‘W’ is a ‘W’ is a ‘W,’ especially in the NCAA tournament.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 10 points and six assists; Tanner Omlid had 20 points among a full house of stats; Vince Boumann was LIGHTS OUT against his old coach and had 15 points and five boards; Ali Faruq-Bey had five boards; and Riley Hawken had five boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had six points; and JJ Chirnside had six points.
Curious numbers by the Wolves because we feel like their bench was a lot more valuable than the numbers describe. Those guys run like dogs (no pun intended) and harassed the everliving stuff out of Point Loma. Now the trick will be just to stay on the grind. Luckily, we like the match-up they’re going into.
All times pacific standard.
#3 Cal Baptist vs. #7 Azusa Pacific @ 5pm
As we were reminded yesterday: We know nothing about the Pac-West, but that doesn’t stop the president and it won’t stop us. From what we can tell there’s a bit of a rivalry developing between these two teams; they both entered the Pac-West at the same time, they’ve both been really good since moving up to D2 and Cal Baptist is actually headed up to D1, so… Brief rivalry, but who knows? Maybe Azusa pulls the upset?
Prediction: No. Because we seriously have no idea.
#1 Western Oregon vs. #5 Saint Martin’s @ 7:30pm
Part of us is excited for this game and part of us is heartbroken because two GNAC teams facing off in the round of 32. They did just meet a week ago, and oddly enough there should be quite a bit of fuel for the fire. WOU didn’t play nearly as well as they could have, and yet if SMU had played just a bit better they probably could have won and thus won the conference tournament. We love both of these coaches, think they’re the cream of the crop in regard to the GNAC, and so that match-up will be fun to see again.
Prediction: No, because there’s just too many variables.
It should be a great night of hoops. As always: tweet at us & come say hi! We’ll be at both games. Community is the best part of basketball.
There’ll be some post burn in the coming weeks because we’ve written 90% of a few posts and then didn’t post them because we’re idiots, but oh well. Let’s preview the first day of West Region games!
All games played at Western Oregon University, all times pacific standard.
#6 UC San Diego vs. #3 Cal Baptist @ 12pm
These two teams met earlier this year and saw UCSD lose by five on the road at Cal Baptist. While we believe the seeding is right, we do think that either team can win. UCSD is running hot and coming on at the right time, having just won their conference tournament to get the auto-bid. Cal Baptist just lost to Dixie State in the conference tournament and will be looking to rebound from that. They should be fairly well matched, and it’s hard to say. We think that Cal Baptist will ultimately win a close one, but…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
#7 Azusa Pacific vs. #2 Dixie State @ 2:30pm
We’re excited for this game. We definitely showed our bias in terms of the GNAC thinking that WWU deserved the bid over Azusa, when really: No one deserved that bid, but WWU scheduled terribly in non-con, something we always complain about, and even while scheduling terribly they still managed to lose. They lost to a bad Hilo team as well as a bad Cal State East Bay team, so… We tip our cap to Azusa. You earned this bid, but we definitely don’t think you’ll win, seeing as you lost by 15 last time.
Prediction: Dixie State wins somewhere between comfortably (10 points or so) and a blow-out (20+).
#5 Saint Martin’s vs. #4 Cal Poly Pomona @ 5pm
This is the D2 equivalent to the 5 & 12 game of the D1 tournament. There’s no telling who’s going to truthfully win because it’s just as often that a 5 seed upsets a 4 seed. It’s always a really fun, really intense game, usually with scrappy play by the number 5 team. We like Saint Martin’s chances. They’re coming off of a loss to WOU, yes, but they played in the strongest conference in the west, they’re well tested from non-con, we think that WOU is a lot better than CPP, and so… We think that SMU has every chance to win it. Cal Poly Pomona won the regular season and then just lost to UCSD by two points in the CCAA tournament, but the CCAA is the weakest conference on the west coast this year and it doesn’t help that the Broncos played no one in non-con, so we’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
#8 Point Loma vs. #1 Western Oregon @ 7:30pm
We’re sooo excited for this game because these two teams started the season playing each other at Western Oregon and one of the teams is going to end their season in that same locale. In the first meeting Western Oregon won 70-69, Preston Beverly now of PLNU, formerly of MSUB had a good game, Tanner Omlid didn’t see a ton of minutes despite a lack of foul trouble, and so… We’re really curious to see how his minutes add up. He had an arguably terrible game in the conference championship game and so he’s going to be wanting to bounce back. Vince Boumann formerly played at PLNU and is going to want to have a good game against his old coach. Ryan Looney, formerly of SPU and now at PLNU, had an incredibly difficult time winning in the Western Oregon gym while he was at Seattle Pacific, and so that’ll be kind of a monkey on his back. We’re super curious about this game because we think WOU could easily blow out Point Loma, but at the same time Point Loma has all the potential of getting the upset.
Prediction: Western Oregon wins big/small/medium or PLNU wins a close one; PLNU won’t blowout the Wolves.
It should be a great day of hoops. We can’t wait. We’re missing the 1st game, but will be there for the second onward, so come say ‘hi!’
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Let’s jump right in…
WWU 100 @ MSUB 91
WWU went up by a lot but MSUB stayed in it and kept battling. There were several times when it looked completely out of reach, but also several times when it looked mildly dicey. As great as the Vikings are, they are a young team and so letting off the gas a little bit too much does make sense, but… Good learning and grinding game, as we expected.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was on fire and finished a perfect 9-9 from the line along with eight boards, five steals, and 26 points among a full house; Deandre Dickson had 16 points and five boards; Trevor Jasinsky was more offensive than normal and scored 12 points along with picking up five fouls; Daulton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had nine boards and 17 points among a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma finally did something and had 10 points; and Siaan Rojas continues to fulfill the definition of “solid” finishing with 13 points.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham again decided to sort of function, scoring 16 points but not having any field stats; Zharon Richmond had 20 points and six boards; and Zack Rollins made noise with 17 points, six boards, and four assists. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima had a great night, going 7-9 and being perfect from the line to ultimately score 20 points and grab six boards on top of it; and Kamal Tall scored seven points.
Nicely done MSUB, continuing to play and attempt to make a game out of it, despite going down by 20+ at one point. Again: great job to the Vikings for taking care of business.
UAA 78 @ NNU 79 in OT
Ouch. Poor UAA. Yet another game that went to OT and they lost. Growing pains. You’re still coming together so nicely Seawolves! Congrats to the Nighthawks on never giving up -it was looking like UAA was going to win, but NNU made the shots and forced overtime and ultimately came away with the ‘W.’
Seawolf highlights: Jack Macdonald had five boards and 15 points; and Brian Pearson had 19 points, 10 boards, and six blocks among a full house. Off the bench Malik Clements had 19 points on great shooting; and DJ Ursery had six points, five boards, and five assists.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues to impress with 27 points; Sam Roth had six boards; Marko Lepovic had five boards; and Jayden Bezzant had 25 points. Off the bench Felix White had six boards and six points; and Spider Adetunki had five boards.
Really good teamwork from the Nighthawks. As we always say: teamwork makes the dream work!
UAF 86 @ CWU 83
This game was super fun, if not a little odd. Initially CWU was owning it and it was like “okay, the Wildcats are gonna roll.” Oh no, no, no. It was close for a super long time and then UAF broke it open, despite constantly losing the rebounding battle, which was disturbing. Joe Lendway has some of the flattest feet we’ve ever seen. CWU never felt down and out and as UAF turned off the gas, CWU kept the pedal to the metal and hit a bunch of threes down the stretch including one at the buzzer. If there had been even a minute more, they would have won. Go figure.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 22 points including going 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 18 points and six boards; Tre Eisenhut had 14 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; and Donny Wilder had eight points, six boards, and six assists.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz actually functioned again finally and had 25 points and seven assists; Malik Montoya had seven boards and four assists; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had eight points; and Coleman Sparling had seven boards.
Thems are some nasty numbers Wildcats, Fuquan was kept quiet, but we’re not sure if it was the Nooks that did it or if he was just having an off night. The Nooks were aggressive, but… Eh. Inconclusive. Congrats to UAF on pulling out the win.
CU-PDX 62 @ SMU 75
The score pretty much tells the story. CU-Portland hung around for a while, but by probably ten minutes left in the first SMU went up and that was all she wrote. Great job to the Saints on continuing to push through. Learning game! Yay!
Cavalier highlights: Bryan Michaels had 13 points including going 7-8 from the line; Chris Edward had 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Hunter Sweet started and had 20 points including going 8-8 from the line; and off the bench Jace Cates had five boards and five points.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce bounced back and had 14 points and seven boards; and Luke Chavez had an off night but still had six boards and five assists. Off the bench Jared Matthews had five boards and nine points; BJ Standley had 10 points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points and six boards.
Not much to say except keep keeping on Cavs, and keep grinding Saints.
WOU 83 @ SPU 79
Good lord does that score not tell the whole picture. It was close, then WOU started walking, then SPU said ‘oh no no’ and then it was close for a while and then WOU walked it back up again and then SPU said ‘oh no no’ again, and then… The final score. We’re kind of disappointed in WOU because seriously?! Laying off against SPU? C’mon men, you know better than that.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 20 points, nine boards, and a full house; Ali had 10 points; and Riley Hawken had 20 points and five boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had five points; Janvier Alaby had seven points; and JJ Chirnside had 13 points and four boards.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and eight boards; Nathan Steufert had 10 points, five boards, and five fouls; and Gavin Long had 11 points and went 5-6 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points; Harry Cavell had 13 points and five boards; and Hunter Eisenhower had five points.
Honestly: We’re really displeased with the numbers of both of these teams. It’s not a matter of “oh, both teams are good, so the numbers are bad,” no, it’s a matter of both teams making a bunch of stupid decisions. It is what it is.
Fun night of basketball. Largely the epitome of the mid-season grind. Congrats to all on battles well fought.
We’re thinking we’ll do something of six posts, up at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9pm, so… Be on the lookout.
Contained in this one: Results from Monday December 18th & Tuesday December 19th.
Seattle Pacific 90 @ Stanislaus State 79
Well that was unexpected, and that result was closer than the game actually was; SPU won convincingly -it wasn’t some pull away at the end thing. The big difference in this game from every other this year was they finally had their anticipated starting point guard in Gabe Colosimo.
Falcon highlights: Sam Simpson had 11 points; Gabe Colosimo had nine points, seven boards, and eight assists with ZERO turnovers; yes, it was THAT big of a difference; Tony Miller had 18 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points. Off the bench Nihkil Lizotte had 15 points; and Nathan Streufert five boards.
Congrats on a nice win, Falcons!
MSUB 88 vs. Chaminade 100 @ Hawaii Pacific.
It may be an ‘L’ but it’s still West Region! That’s what we call a Quality Loss™.
Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 17 points and six boards; and the bench was all-star with Kobe Terashima being 9-11 and finishing with 19 points and four assists; Hafeez Abdul 19 points and six boards while going 5-7 from the line; and Daniel Shedden had 17 points.
While it’s a loss, those are interesting numbers and interesting names, because honestly: We don’t recognize half of them, so it means we get new guys to watch out for and officially be excited about! Woo-hoo. Hi Kobe & Hafeez! Better luck next time on that whole result thing, MSUB.
MSUB 71 @ Hawaii Pacific 73
On paper it looked like two well matched teams and in reality it was and HPU got the ‘W’ but it was still a super great game played by MSUB.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had an amazing 25 points on good shooting; Zack Rollins had 23 points; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had seven boards; and the bench collectively grabbed seven boards.
Yikes on those turnovers, but really good rebounding numbers, Jackets!
Alaska Anchorage 59 @ CU-Portland 55
What we expected: UAA to lose if Jacob Lampkin didn’t play.What actually happened: Jacob didn’t play and UAA won anyway.
Seawolf highlights: Maleke Haynes had 10 points; DJ Ursery had an amazing breakout game with 22 points and 12 boards along with a full house; Josiah Wood had five boards; Jack MacDonald had eight points; and Brian Pearson had eight boards. Off the bench Curtis Ryan had seven points.
Overall great rebounding numbers Seawolves! Congrats on a good win.
Cav highlights: Bryan Michaels had 23 points and eight boards; and Chris Edward had nine boards and five blocks. Off the bench Taylor Harris had five points; Hunter Sweet had five boards and six points; and Deandre Stallings had five points as well.
Every time Concordia loses it legitimately confuses us because we expect them to win. They’re definitively in the upper half this year, or at least they should be, and while we get that Anchorage has a great history and all of that… This was a completely winnable game for CU-Portland and arguably rather critical, so we’ll see about that.
Alaska-Fairbanks 60 @ Western Oregon 81
We had actually planned on going to this game but got stuck in a snowstorm in the Oregon Cascades. Good to see we didn’t miss anything.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had nine points; Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had nine points and six boards. Off the bench: Jalon McCullough had six points; an Tre Eisenhut continues to impress with 13 points.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had nine points; Demetrius Tramell!! had nine points; Tanner Omlid had nine points and nine boards; Vince Boumann had 10 points, seven boards, and five assists, wow!; and Riley Hawken had 11 points. Off the bench Janvier Alaby had nine points; and Dustin Triano and Ali chipped in six points a piece.
Theory: Jim Shaw lets each of his starters hit 10 points and then says “enoughs enough.” Next thing you know he’s going to be listing Tanner Omlid as ‘DNP — Old.’ Riley Hawken got extra because he’s been slumping -we still believe in you Riley! You’re great. We missed you so much last year! Riley redshirted last year after playing fantastically at CU-Portland the year prior.
NNU 67 @ CWU 80
What we expected: A pick ’em game.
What actually happened: It was never close; CWU rolled the whole time.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 22 points; Obi Megway had 16 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had eight points; and Maurice Jones was SILENCED with eight points and six boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had seven points.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 15 points, seven boards, and five assists -whoa!; Jawan Stepney had 16 points and six boards; and Fuquan had a quiet game with 10 points and seven boards. Off the bench Marc Rodgers was 4-4 from the line; and Coleman Sparling had 10 points and six boards.
When we saw that Maurice Jones had a bad game, we assumed Fuquan had an insane game. Oddly enough nope. Go figure. Apparently they contained each other, lol. Really good win for the Wildcats -nicely done.
Congrats on some great wins, great SOS boosts, and continuing to carry on.
Happy Boxing Day!! Do you like that SFU? Canada actually celebrates Boxing Day as a real thing. Super cool.
This was written while we were waiting for the “results” games to be played, so we’re still including the previews.
UAA 50 @ WOU 82
Jacob Lampkin didn’t play. This game was never close. Oh dear. Congrats Wolves!! The evidence currently stands as: Wolves > Seawolves.
Seawolf highlights: Brian Pearson had eight boards and 16 points; and off the bench: DJ Ursery had seven points in just ten minutes; and Drew Peterson went 5-5 from the line. The Seawolves shot 81% from the line overall! Yay! Bright spot!
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 10 points, five boards, and a full house in just 20 minutes of play; Vince Boumann had 15 points and was 7-9 from the field; and Riley Hawken was back in the starting line-up and had five boards. Off the bench Nick Nestell went 3-3 and had nine points; Janvier Alaby and Darius Luborn both had six points; Dustin Triano had six points and four boards; Ali Faruz-Bey had 12 points and four boards; and JJ Chirnside had six points and four boards.
Low rebounding numbers, but… WOU shot 66% from the field and 46% from three specifically. Wow. Nicely done by the Wolves, great job sharing the wealth, and good luck to the Seawolves in bouncing back.
UAF 81 @ CU-PDX 66
At one point CU-PDX led… And then they didn’t. We’re confused about this Concordia team, but we’re confused about a lot of GNAC teams and will get into that more later.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; Alex Baham went 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 17 points, eight boards, and a full house; Joe Landway had nine points; and Michael Kluting was dominant with 23 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Tre Eisenhut had seven points.
Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 7 points and five boards; Jarrett Gray had 22 points and seven boards; Chris Edward had 11 points and 14 boards!! for the double-double; and off the bench Taylor Harris had five points. Lots of good individual numbers, but apparently not cohesion as a team.
Congrats to the Nooks on a great one… Again: CU-PDX, we’re confused. The numbers are fine, and you’re a good team and we know it, and yet… This, at home, okay? Um, what?
Tampa 77 vs. WWU 86 @ Hawaii Pacific
Solid result, if not irrelevant. Congrats to the Viks on another win.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was once again playing great with 30 points and seven boards on good shooting; Logan Schilder had 10 points; Deandre Dixon had 10 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards and eight points; and Daulton had 13 points and and seven boards, but it wasn’t a particularly good game for him -key word: HIM. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had eight points and four boards.
Congrats to the Viks on the win -the numbers looked good.
MSUB 81 vs. Hilo 63 @ Hawaii Pacific
Hilo has a losing record, but all good: A West Region win is a win we’re grateful for. Nicely done MSUB!!
Yellowjacket highlights: KENDALL DENHAM WAS HIMSELF!!!!!! He had 17 points including going 5-5 from the line; Zharon Richmond had a great game going 4-5 from the field and finishing with 11 points and a full house; Zach Rollins had 15 points and eight boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 12 points. Off the bench Zack Lessinger had a solid game with 10 points and five boards.
Nicely done Yellowjackets! Is it a road game technically? No. Will we count it as one? For now. We feel like being nice.
All times pacific.
SPU @ Stanislaus @ 7pm
This game is way more interesting than we thought it would be at the beginning of the season, largely because Stanislaus is way better than anticipated. The Warriors are currently 8-2 and SPU still has no idea what their identity is, so…
Prediction: Stanislaus gets the ‘W.’
MSUB vs. Chaminade @ Hawaii Pacific @ 9:30pm
Chaminade is looking really solid with wins over the Alaska schools, Dominguez Hills, Cal Baptist, and Hawaii-Hilo and losses coming via CU-Irvine and Hawaii Pacific. It’s essentially a home game for the Swords, and thus…
Prediction: Chaminade wins. No idea on the margin.
Oh dear Spillings… What is happening to you?
Next post’ll be up at 1pm.
We didn’t bother to preview these games, but we are going to talk about them and it’s going to be great!
WOU 80 @ Tarleton State 72
Tarleton is a traditional power in the Lonestar Conference, which is the South Central regional, same as the RMAC. Theoretically it helps our strength of schedule slightly, but we’re still not convinced that anything outside of the West Region itself truly matters -the sample size is just too small. Still, losing this game would have been a big deal because it makes the entire region look weak, so it’s a good win especially for the GNAC.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had five boards; Demetrius Trammell had 16 points on 4-4 shooting from the line; Tanner Omlid had 15 points, six boards, four assists, and three blocks; BRANDELL EVANS started and didn’t do much, but it’s still exciting to see him crack the starting line-up -he’s been great off the bench; Vince Boumann had 14 points and six rebounds among a full house of stats. Off the bench Riley Hawken had seven points and seven boards; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points and four boards.
Lots of guys ended up with four fouls, but the Wolves got through it and pulled out the ‘W.’ Nicely done WOU!!
Cal State East Bay 80 @ WWU 76
We honestly expected East Bay to lose by 20 or so, but this result is very mixed because quite frankly it helps no one. It just makes the West Region look weak because a couple of mediocre MSUB & SPU teams were able to beat CSUEB at home, and then East Bay comes up here and beats Western, whom just beat WOU. Now Western will go play some completely out of region teams, but because they’ve already lost three games, if they win it’s whatever but if they lose the entire Region looks worse. Fun.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five assists; Logan Schilder had eight points and nine boards; and Deandre Dickson had 12 boards and was 8-9 from the line. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 11 points on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc; and Siaan Rojas had 12 points.
Congrats to the Pioneers on a nice win and good luck to the Vikings in their upcoming games in Hawaii.
Prediction for the CWU vs. MSUB game: Pick ’em. MSUB has a great home hive advantage, the two teams should be relatively well matched, but… We think CWU has more talent, while MSUB tends to work together a bit more cohesively, so it should be interesting.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
First and foremost: We owe the Saints cookies. Really good cookies. And this week is nuts and so they may be waiting a week for them, but we promise: We will hold up to our end of the bargain because they may have just sent the Regional to Monmouth. Why wouldn’t it be hosted in Lacey? Because they lost to Point Loma. The only way to give yourself a legitimate shot at hosting is to get through non-con completely unscathed OR go something like 19-1 in conference, and quite frankly: this is the GNAC. Pac-12 football thinks they know the Circle of Suck; oh no, no, no… When you don’t know the final order of 8/11 schools until after the very last conference game has been played, that’s when you really know the circle of suck. At least last year. This year it may be termed the Circle of Strength, in no small part thanks to SMU!
UC San Diego 80 vs. UAF 56 @ WWU
Praise the lawd. Sorry Nooks, love you, but this needed to be how it is.
Nook highlights: Joe Lendway shot well, finishing with 13 points and six boards; and Michael Kluting had a good game with 19 points and five boards.
Oh dear. Still Nooks, learning experience, right? Right.
CU-PDX 69 @ Cal State LA 91
Not surprised on this score; Cal State LA looks really legit this year, so it’s fine from a conference perspective. Learning and growing moment, eh?
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had five assists and 14 points; and Christopher Edward had eight boards, 19 points, and five fouls. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had eight points; Deandre Stallings had seven points; and Daniel Thiesen had eight points on perfect shooting.
Quality loss, men.
SPU 77 @ Westminster 83
Honestly we’re not concerned about this loss. They’re RMAC, it was on the road, big whoop. The Falcons didn’t look particularly impressive and it is what it is.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards; Sam Simpson had five boards and 11 points; Nikhil Lizotte had five boards and 11 points; and Tony Miller had 17 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; Harry Cavell had 12 points; and Nathan Streufert had seven points and five boards.
WOU 87 @ Notre Dame de Namur 48
There we go.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid shot fantastically and finished with 11 points and four steals; Ali Faruq-Bey finally was felt with 19 points; and Riley Hawken had 10 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 10 points; Janvier Alaby had nine points; and Dustin Triano, Brandell Evans, and JJ Chirnside added five points a piece.
SFU 55 @ Point Loma 79
Welcome back to reality Simon Fraser. No, we don’t think you’re going to be the conference basement dweller like you have been, but we also don’t think Point Loma is quite as good as you made them look, which gets complicated when you factor in that you’re not as bad as normal.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 20 points; and Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 10 points.
SMU 93 @ Cal Baptist 88
Saint hightlights: MATT DAHLEN had 16 points and 10 boards for the DOUBLE-DOUBLE; JORDAN KITCHEN had 14 points and seven boards rounded out with a FULL HOUSE; EJ BOYCE had nine points and FIVE assists; LUKE CHAVEZ had 17 points and five assists on GREAT SHOOTING. Off the bench JARED MATTHEWS had 19 points on good shooting; BJ STANDLEY had five points; and TAVIAN HENDERSON had 10 points.
There are no words. We saw this result and started freaking out, and we’re still freaking out this morning. Holy heck Saints, thank-you so much!!
NNU 93 @ Regis 103 in OT
Another loss we don’t really care about because it’s an RMAC opponent and NNU looks good, so whatever.
Obi Megwa had 16 points and seven boards; Nikola Prvulj had 12 points; and Maurice Jones had 18 points, nine boards, and five fouls. Off the bench KHALIL THOMPSON had 29 points on very good shooting; and Marko Lepovic had five points and six boards.
Whatevs NNU, we believe in you and still are ridiculously proud; this loss means nothing and the OT is nice.
There’s gonna be a lot of discussion in the coming week as we get ready to go into the first weekend of conference play. Congrats on lots of great wins and good losses; none of the losses truly matter from an SOS perspective, so life is good.
All times pacific.
UC San Diego vs. UAF @ WWU @ 2:30pm
UCSD should put away the Nooks without issue, but if for some reason the Nooks upset the Tritons, everyone loses because it doesn’t make UAF look good; it simply makes UCSD look bad.
Prediction: UCSD wins. Please.
NNU @ Regis (Denver) @ 4pm
Regis is 4-0. This is a great test for NNU. Hopefully the Crusaders pull it out, but…
Prediction: Regis wins. No idea on the margin.
CU-PDX @ Cal State LA @ 5pm
Cal State LA looks good this year and so it should be an interesting battle. There are implications in both directions that CSULA should win/CU-PDX should win, so…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SPU @ Westminster (SLC) @ 6pm
Who knows? The Falcons escaped Dixie State last night but it wasn’t pretty. It’s an RMAC crossover game, so it’s not insanely critical but at the same time it is D2 and all non-con wins are good non-con wins.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SFU @ Point Loma @ 7pm
We want SFU to win sooo badly, but, let’s be real:
Prediction: PLNU gets the ‘W.’
P.S. C’mon Clan! You can do it! We want to be wrong!
WOU @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm
Prediction: WOU wins big.
SMU @ Cal Baptist @ 7pm
Another game where we want the GNAC team to upset sooo badly, but it just seems unlikely to happen. CBU is currently 6-0… We will bake the Saints cookies, really good cookies, if they can get this upset. This game is one of those games that if we win it (as a conference) it should have implications for rest of the season. The good news is if the Saints lose, it doesn’t really matter a ton because everyone knows CBU is good and the Saints have a quality enough schedule that it is a legitimate win for the Lancers.
Prediction: CBU wins.
More games of intrigue than we expected. It should be a super fun day of basketball. Good luck to all the teams playing; have fun, be safe, go GNAC.
Happy Thanksgiving Blog!
Chadron State 82 @ MSUB 95
Nicely done Jackets!! Again: We have no idea what it means in context, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tyler Green had 21 points; Kamal Tall had nine points and five boards; Zack Rollins had 11 points, nine boards, and overall picked up a full house; and Sven Jeuschede had 17 points and six boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashema had five assists; Zharon Richmond had eight points and six boards; and David Simental had nine points on perfect shooting in just six minutes.
Congrats to the Jackets on the ‘W,’ keep throwin’ it down!
SMU 73 @ Monterey Bay 70
SMU tried to choke this game away, but luckily the guys were able to hold the Otters off. Good lord. Are you aware the only natural predator of a sea otter is man? This is because they taste so bad that only the creatures that can eat them in one bite bother, and once they do it once they’re not likely to do it again because apparently the after-taste is horrifying too.
Saints highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and seven boards; EJ Boyce had four steals; Luke Chavez continues to run the show with 14 points, four assists and four steals; and Matt Dahlen had nine points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points on perfect shooting; BJ Standley had nine points; and Tavian Henderson had 10 points and six boards.
Nicely done Saints! Non-con road victory -we love it.
Holy Names 77 @ UAF 67
So Alaska-Fairbanks didn’t get their revenge, but oh well.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell scored 13 and grabbed five boards; Alex Baham also grabbed five boards; Davis Kimball continues to impress with six assists and nine points; and Michael Kluting had a great performance with 19 points and nine boards. Off the bench Dalton Lootens had six points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.
UAF out-rebounded Holy Names 35-27, so they got that going for them, which is nice.
POW’ll be up in the next however long and then game previews will be up tomorrow at 10am.
All times pacific.
Chadron State @ MSUB @ 6:30pm
This is a non-region game, so who knows, but good luck to MSUB! The Jackets are currently 3-0 against D2 teams, but we’re not entirely convinced of the D2 teams they’ve beat. Chadron State is currently 2-2 but we have no read on how good their competition is, because we don’t care enough to sort through the three regions worth of non-con they’re playing.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ Cal State Monterey Bay @ 7:30pm
It’s complicated. Monterey Bay has lost two close games (against CWU & CU-PDX), lost a game via free throws (Cal State LA), and then won a game against Dominguez Hills by one. All of those were on the road. We’re inclined to think that they’ve been more battle tested and will be better at home. That said: We like and believe in SMU, but they were picked right in the same range as CWU & CU-PDX, so… We’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Holy Names @ UAF pt. 2 @ 8pm
So the game last night went to 2OT with HNU eventually pulling out a win on the Tundra, which is quite honestly horrifying from a GNAC strength-of-schedule point of view. That said, obviously Fairbanks is gonna be out for revenge and the Hawks aren’t going to want them to get that revenge and blah blah blah, who knows?
Prediction: UAF gets their revenge.
Not too much to say. We’re curious about the Monterey Bay game, so… We’ll see. Good luck to the Yellowjackets, Saints, and Nooks.