Fun first day. Both games were really interesting. We had a blast, proud of all of the guys. Concordia… Lordy, Concordia. We said this on Twitter, but they’re ridiculously resilient. They’d be down ten and then they’d hit shots. And then they’d go down ten again and then hit shots. SMU would then start hitting shots right back, but… More about that in a bit.
#6 MSUB 61 @ #3 WOU 72
Really good game, really proud of MSUB. Also as noted on Twitter: It started to become a ref show fairly soon, which was irritating. Ticky tack stuff. Then at the end the guys on both teams got flop happy but by that point the refs had become much less ticky tack and didn’t cater to the Weeble Wobbles doing their walks.
Yellowjacket highlights: Marc Matthews had nine boards; Kamal Tall had 16 points and six boards; Jace Anderson had 13 points; Sven had six boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had six boards. Yup. Preston Beverly was ice cold, their bench play was a big drop off from their starters, and ultimately they just couldn’t match WOU.
Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 15 points; Tanner Omlid had the double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, additionally going 7-7 from the line; Ali had 15 points; and JJ Chirnside had eight boards and four blocks among other stats for a flawless full house. No real bench play. We wonder where Malik went -he played so well early in the season.
What was maybe most interesting about this game is neither team played particularly well, but WOU played less bad than MSUB and thus WOU won. Lots of bad numbers, even though we weren’t particularly impressed with the defense early. Both teams took a lot of shots out of seeming desperation, even when there was plenty of time on the shot clock. No idea. WOU shouldn’t be able to get away with stuff like that against UAA, so they better clean it up in a hurry.
CU-PDX 73 @ SMU 78
Crazy game. Crazy, crazy, crazy game. The gym was packed. We thought the SMU students were going to rush the court, which… Really? It’s CU-Portland in the first round of the conference tournament for Pete’s sake! Have some self respect.
Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 32 points and five boards among many clutch shots; Latrell Wilson had 20 points; and Christopher Edward was perfect from the field, finishing with 11 points and five boards. No real bench play. Wondering where Davis Nuaimi went -miss seeing his highlights.
Saint highlights: Cole Preston played 40 full minutes and had a bit of an off night on offense but still was amazing on defense; FRED JORG had a crazy amazing game with 23 points and 15 boards. That’s honestly what we expect out of D1 centers that transfer D2 -they should be able to put up those numbers. Most of the time they don’t, but they should be able to. Brandon Kenilvort also had a very good game with 19 points and eight boards off the bench.
Congrats to both teams on a massive game well fought and a big congratulations to Concordia on a fantastic second season in the GNAC!!
Is it just us or has the exhaustion set in? It kind of makes sense. When there’s not as much parity, all teams get to have some off nights where it’s just “we’re getting blown out and there’s nothing we can do about it, so let’s coast” or “we’re blowing a team out, so let’s coast” but this year any given night was an absolute battle -even for a team like WWU. Every game was largely screamingly intense and now we’re getting to the conference tournament and everybody is just like “Really? Another one of these games. Oh god.”
It is what it is. Regardless it was a super fun night of basketball and we can’t wait to watch WOU take on UAA and WWU take on SMU. Preview post up soon. Come say ‘hi’ tonight! We’ll be in our usual seat.
On paper this should be the best GNAC tourney in years. Knowing the chaos of this year, there’ll be no upsets just to throw in a little bit MORE chaos.
#6 MSUB vs. #3 WOU
A literal rematch from a few days ago. A few days ago it wasn’t close; it was 16 with WOU winning. MSUB wants the upset, WOU wants their third bid to the NCAA tournament in a row and it’s going to take the autobid to get it. We’ll see what happens. This game features two of our favorite players on a conference level in Preston Beverly and Tanner Omlid, although they’re not likely to directly face each other, so it should be really good.
Prediction: WOU wins.
#5 CU-PDX vs. #4 SMU
This game should be reaaaaally good, partly because WE SAID SMU WOULD MAKE THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT and being right is always fun, but also because this the year that SMU needs to do something; they lose a lot and while transfers always make a big impact in the GNAC, they’re finally playing in the tournament they so often host and so… Why not win the whole thing and get the auto-bid? That being said Concordia is right now everyone’s favorite spoiler and so the Cavs’ll be doing their darndest to put the Saints on their behinds at home.
Prediction: SMU wins.
It’s a little odd to not pick an upset, especially this year when it’s a thousand percent possible. Montana has a lot of Montana players on their team, whereas WOU has a lot of Portland-area players, thus we think the attendance for the Wolves is going to be much better than it is for the jackets. With CU-PDX and SMU… SMU is literally at home. Gotta go with them, much as we love and believe in the Cavs too. Drew Martin and Christopher Edward are the real deal, but Brandon Kenilvort, Rhett Baerlocher, Cole Preston, Jordan Kitchen, Trey Ingram, Tyler Copp… HELLLOOO.
Good luck, be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Yes, the ball was dropped on POW yet again -we’ll do it tonight while we’re watching these games.
First and foremost: SPU, SFU, and we believe UAF are now all officially eliminated from making the conference tournament, at least from what we understand.
Second of all… all times pacific:
SMU @ SFU @ 5:15pm
SFU could play the spoiler, but really SMU just needs to get through this game. They should be in kill mode. Will they? Who knows. After last year and watching UAA/CWU control their conference tournament destiny, they should be wholly ready for it and we can’t wait, but… We’ll see. Anything can happen.
Prediction: SMU gets it done.
MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7pm
CU-PDX upset WOU on Tuesday and although they’re not eligible for the conference tournament, they’re making great headway being the upset darlings. If you can’t make the conference tournament, why not ruin it for someone else? Spoiler is as spoiler does. They’ve been playing really, really good basketball as of late, and while we swear by the talent of MSUB and are thrilled that Kendall Denham is starting again… Who knows. They’re fighting for a spot in the conference tournament on paper… Hopefully they play like it in reality.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ UAF @ 8pm
Really excited about this match-up. They should be really evenly matched teams; one is essentially underachieving while the other is overachieving. They’re playing in Fairbanks, which is a challenge unto itself. UAF, chance to the spoiler at home? Absolutely.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ UAA @ 8pm
GAME OF THE NIGHTTT. CWU needs to win. UAA it would be nice to get a win. We’ve missed the early-conference play as of late. People have figured out how to shut them down and they have been. We’re not sure which direction this game will go -the Seawolves absolutely blew out the Wildcats initially during the first game, but then CWU battled back and it was really close. We’re sure it left a lasting impression on CWU, but we’re not sure the same could be said for UAA, so it’ll be interesting to see how both teams respond. It’s hard to win in Alaska, but CWU has the fire of trying to make the conference tournament under their tuckuses, so hopefully that rockets them along.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Not sure what to think other than that we’re excited.
So many great performances this week, lots of great single game performances, but plenty of guys that rocked it for the weekend as well.
UAF: Brandon Davis -continues to will that team on.
UAA: Spencer Svejcar -Is the Man, once again. Like the Aloe Blacc song is pretty much about him at this point. Preston Beverly, next year, hopefully.
SFU: Kedar Wright!! So excited about this one, two great performances including a nice win against WOU.
WWU: Taylor -cray cray for Tay Tay, ’nuff said.
SPU: N/A —> Donated to Rhett Baerlocher of SMU, who was a MONSTER from 3 point land on both nights. Awesome.
SMU: Cole Preston, Point guard of the year. Not official yet, but the performances throughout this season have been incredible.
MSUB: Marc Matthews -did his dardnest against the Alaska schools, didn’t walk away with a win, but two very respectable performances.
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Brandon Kenilvort of SMU -great rebounding performance against both Cenazar schools.
NNU: Maurice Jones needs to stay for another year and not be another one-and-gone NNU player.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -continues to carry the load. He was impressive in the WWU game, even with the lopsided score.
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Corey Hammell of UAA; not much from the field but grabbed boards and made his free throws = two good performances.
Congrats to all of the guys nominated, winner’ll be up soon!
All times pacific.
CWU @ SPU @ 4:30
Rivalry game. Anything can happen. SPU could get blown out. CWU could win a close one. SPU could win a close one. It’s at home, they almost upset the Wildcats in their house so there’s going to be a lot of tension, both with CWU wanting to prove that they’re still one of the best in the conference (which they are, there are just a lot of teams in that conversation right now) and wanting to prove that SPU isn’t anything this year. SPU still mathematically has a chance at making the conference tournament, so they need this win big time.
Prediction: CWU wins big or else it’s close. Don’t think the Falcons are able to blow out the Wildcats.
WOU @ SFU @ 7pm
SFU came so close to beating Concordia and it seems like of any year for it to happen, this could be a year for them to upset the Wolves, but… No. Not happening. The Wolves lost a very uninspired game in Bellingham; time for them to remind the Clan of their place in the conference.
Prediction: WOU is victorious.
CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm
Concordia has looked really good as of late until they looked really bad against SFU. Bounce back game? Can they beat the Viks on their home court? Talent wise, absolutely, ability to see it through and win? Doubtful. WWU played really terribly until pulling away in the last couple of minutes against WOU -time to get back on track.
Prediction: WWU wins.
NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm
Not sure what we’re thinking on this one. They should be really evenly matched and it should be an exciting game. NNU looked like a mess against SPU on Thursday, but we don’t expect that to hold. SMU played a tough game against CWU, even with CWU missing one of their top scorers, but ultimately pulled it out. Should be interesting.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAA @ 8pm
Game of the night, in our personal opinion, no offense to CWU/SPU. UAA is a really good team with a really good home court advantage. MSUB is a really good team that on any given night has the ability to beat anyone or lose to anyone. When they click, they’re amazing. When they don’t, they’re pedestrian. On Thursday against UAF, it appeared Preston Beverly was feeling the weight and tried to do too much. It’s a difficult thing because on the one hand we would encourage him to rely on his teammates, but on the other hand the statistics rarely support that idea -it’s very 50/50 as to whether or not he needs to play hero ball on any given night (because make no mistake: He has willed them to multiple wins this year) but figuring out what type of night it is, is challenging for anyone against any opponent, much less a sophomore against a ridiculously deep and experienced UAA team.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a really good night of basketball, although ultimately we could see some blowouts. That’s what’s weird this year -CWU could blow out SPU, WWU could blow out Concordia, UAA could blow out MSUB, WOU should blow out SFU, but there’s no telling if any team will actually do that. The only “true” pick ’em game for a normal year would be NNU/SMU, but… It’s not a normal year, so we’ll see.
UAA 68 @ UAF 61
Exciting game. It was looking dicey for a long time and then we believe Spencer Svejcar hit a three and then the Seawolves were able to walk it up and mostly keep it out of reach.
Seawolf highlights: Suki had eight boards; Diante Mitchell had 21 points; Spencer Svejcar made a statement, getting a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards; Corey Hammell went 4-4 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Connor Devine grabbed five boards. No real bench play.
Nook highlights: Nahjee had 18 points; Bangaly had five boards and a full house; LaDonavan had six boards; and Brandon Davis played 40 minutes and finished with a full house among 19 points and three steals. Also no real bench play.
NNU 68 @ SPU 83
Falcons showing their youth, but getting it done much better. Even last week, they weren’t able to close games like this and tonight they did. The Crusaders played really hard and did their best to exploit, but ultimately couldn’t quite get it done.
Crusader highlights: Bouna went 9-11 from the line; Kaileb Rodriguez had 14 points; Maurice Jones had a double-double including 14 boards; and off the bench Nikola Prvulj had five points.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 14 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 24 points; Joe Rasmussen had 14 points and six boards; and Olivier-Paul Betu had six assists. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had seven boards along with a full house; and Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.
This is potentially a big statement for the Falcons -it says that they’re finding themselves, which on a team as young as they are is big. This Falcons team had no concept of how to win earlier this year and slowly but surely they’re learning. As for NNU, no big deal. The conference is a mess. The Crusaders are still a super great and talented team.
CU-PDX 74 @ SFU 73
SFU was — that close to winning and then they committed a stupid foul and they didn’t. The Cavs got out by the skin of their teeth, but it is what it is and was what it was. Congrats Cavs, you done got lucky.
Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 13 points; Christopher Edward had nine points, 10 boards, and four steals among other stats meriting a full house, Jarrett Gray had 10 points; and Harris Taylor had 19 points. Off the bench Latrell Wilson had 18 points.
Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 21 points and five boards; Iziah had 15 point,s, five boards, and four steals; Michael Provenzano had 21 points; and off the bench Tyrell Lewin had six boards.
WOU 63 @ WWU 73
This game was a mess. Both teams are good, but it was seriously an ugly game of basketball that the players knew was ugly, thus they made it even uglier by getting all chippy. Because the game was so ugly, the chippyness wasn’t entertaining -it was just desperate. Congrats to the Viks on ultimately getting it done.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points; Ali had 20 points and five boards; JJ Chirnside had five boards; and off the bench Bryan Berg had five points; while Isaiah Edwards had five boards.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 26 points as well as four boards, four assists, and four steals; Logan Schilder had seven boards; and Daulton Hommes had seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had an awesome eight boards and 18 points; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.
Yeesh. We’re glad this game is over. Interesting for the Wolves though -their game was ugly against the Falcons too and they got away with it; can’t do that against WWU.
MSUB 74 @ UAF 83
Close the whole game. Agonizing. The parity continues. The Nooks played really well, finally. Great game from them, super proud!
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had nine boards and finished with a full house; Marc Matthews had 19 points and six boards; and Kamal Tall had eight boards. Off the bench Kendall Denham had 11 points; and Cade Alcorn had five boards.
Nook highlights: Nahjee had five boards and six assists; Bangaly had 10 points; LaDonavan had 13 points; Zach Pederson made a statement with a double double of 11 boards and 11 points; and Brandon Davis played another 40 minute game, finishing with 22 points. Off the bench Michael Kluting had nine points.
Again, congrats to the Nooks on a great performance. Good luck to the Yellowjackets against the Seawolves.
CWU 79 @ SMU 80
This game was insane. Naim Ladd didn’t play, Fuquan shut down Fred, and the Wildcats still almost pulled it off. We admittedly fell asleep watching it, but… That was because of the insanity that’s been going on in our state this week. It ultimately had a 9:15 start time because both Cascade passes are closed, thus CWU had to go down around and up. Yup -what would have/should have been a two hour bus ride turned into six. For those that don’t live here -pretty much all of western Washington shutdown on Monday due to snow and then Tuesday due to ice. The entire week has been weird. It’s now 55 degrees outside. Go figure.
Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 17 points; Fuquan turned in a classic center performance with a double double of 15 boards and 14 rebounds while missing three shots from the line; and off the bench Cameron Burton had six boards and eight points; while Sage Woodruff continues to make a mark with 14 points.
Saint highlights: Cole Preston rocked it yet again, playing 40 minutes and scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists for the double-double; Rhett Baerlocher had 20 points and eight boards; and off the bench Trey Ingram added 14 points; and Brandon Kenilvort a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds.
Big congrats to the Saints, huge win. CWU, we still believe. Not in your bubble, your bubble has now official burst, but we still know you’re a great team and are proud of you all the same =)
What a night. It was incredible. Everyone played really hard (minus the Westerns) and it was a night to be proud of -even the Westerns.
So many awesome games tonight, we can’t wait!
All of the games are good, so no ‘game of the night.’ Just watch one. Or three. Or four simultaneously. You won’t regret it!
All times pacific.
NNU @ SPU @ 5:15pm
This is an interesting game. NNU has been coming on super strong, but SPU much as they got swept this last weekend -their numbers are looking a lot better, and they’re playing at home. They lost to NNU in a super intense game last time, and it’s hard to play at NNU, we say it all the time. If it was there, we’d say NNU would easily win again because they are looking amazing, but the game is in Seattle, and thus…
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm
We’re sooo thrilled with Concordia right now; they’ve got an amazing group of guys, they’re gelling, they’re working together, they’re hitting shots down the stretch, this SFU game is a test: Can they initiate themselves into the GNAC with a blow out of the Clan?
Prediction: CU-PDX wins. Not sure by what margin.
WOU @ WWU @ 7pm
The Viks have to be pretty angry right now after the sweep in Alaska. Whatcom has the ability to rock, it was rocking for the Anchorage game, we expect it to rock tonight. Tanner Omlid is coming off of a ridiculous game against SPU, a game in which we saw the Wolves make a major transition at half time to remember “this is who we are, we’re winners, let’s make shots, let’s play together, let’s do this,” and they did it and won by 15 and it was great. It’s going to take a full team effort to beat the Vikings because the Vikings are angry, they are a really good team, they’re really deep, they have the best bench play in the conference by far… Should be an amazing game.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ SMU @ 7:30
Another game we’re excited for. We’re not excited about everything, just most things. Life is fun, what can we really say? Happiness FTW because we get to write an awesome blog about an awesome conference and have awesome readers like YOU!
Anyway: This game……….. SMU is an interesting place to play at. You wouldn’t think it’s difficult and it would never stand out as being a hard environment to play in, and yet that’s what makes it hard? It’s usually neither dead nor alive, so if you focus on the game because it’s quiet something is going to interrupt you, but if you use the crowd to get energized it’s going to falter part way through. Interesting dynamic, especially when SMU is as good as they are this year. This year they’ve been really 50/50, we’ve thought they were REALLY good and then we’ve thought they looked mediocre. Not bad, mediocre. CWU we’re still convinced they’re amazing. Their bubble has likely burst, but they are still fantastic, they’ve got a number of amazing players in Dom Hunter, Fuquan Niles, and Naim Ladd. Jawan Stepney has his moments and Marc Rodgers knows what he’s doing. We’ve also liked Sage Woodruff off the bench. Curious to see what this game ends up as.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAF @ 8pm
MSUB is a really good team, UAF is a really hard place to play, the Nooks just lost to rival Anchorage but not by a lot. Rivalry games have results that mean nothing as far as we’re concerned, and so it would be tempting to go “UAA is better than MSUB, thus UAF should beat MSUB because we think the skills gap is larger between MSUB and UAA than the win by UAA was” it was a rivalry game, so who knows. MSUB is also really good. A lot will depend on the play of people not named Preston Beverly. If his teammates play well, we feel confident that the Yellowjackets will get the win. If they don’t, then it gets very dicey very quickly because UAF is good and the Patty Center is challenging.
Prediction: MSUB wins big, or pick ’em.
Fun night of basketball. We can’t wait. Discussions post up this afternoon.
Hoooooooooo boy. This was an amazing week. So many ridiculously productive games by so many awesome players.
UAF: Brandon Davis, starting to take on the role of “glass monster.” Never a bad thing. Ever.
UAA: Suki………… Will go down under blog lore. Shot surprisingly well from the field this week, way to go Suk!
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Daulton Hommes of WWU, who continues to use his body well in space.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -usually PG/SG hybrids give you the worst of both worlds, but Taylor does a great job with it week in and week out.
SPU: Tony -like Daulton, another fantastic frosh that uses his body well in space; had some turnover issues, but more than made up for it with his tenacity.
SMU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU, he’s sooo good, the question now is will he actually be willing to stay in Nampa for another year.
MSUB: Preston Beverly -have you paid proper respect today, to the sophomore that has no idea what the word ‘slump’ means?
CWU: N/A —> Gavin Long of SPU; smart player, does what’s needed and does so without needed fanfare.
NNU: Bouna!! He’s developed so well. Ridiculously proud of his strategic play and non-stop hustle.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -continues to board well and support his teammates well and otherwise be the consummate basketball player.
WOU: Tanner Omlid. Triple Double. ‘Nuff said.
Winner’ll be up soon.
Alright, round two. This day was so much fun. Not for us personally, but when we got home and looked at the results from a conference perspective. We feel guilty writing “we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know” all of the time, but the results from this day completely supported the idea that no one can know, and thus it was a great day! It’s March Madness like every game day of the season!
Admittedly we also got to watch Tanner Omlid get a triple-double LIVE AND IN PERSON so that was cool too =) Congrats Tanner!!
WWU 88 @ UAF 94
Hoooooly bananas. We don’t even know what to say, just hoooooly bananas. Holy snow balls? Holy bear claws? WWU was putting it away and it looked like was on their way to a blowout and then the Nooks said “Uhm, NO.”
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played 40 full minutes, went 11-12 from the line, and finished with 31 poitns and six boards; Logan Schilder had eight boards; Daulton Hommes had five boards and 18 points in another great display of defensive prowess; and Jeffrey Parker had 12 points. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had nine points, eight boards, and five fouls.
Nanook highlights: Nahjee had 36 points on good shooting while going 9-10 from the line and dishing five assists; Bangaly had a quiet game with 10 points; LaDonavan had a good game with a full house and 10 points among other stats; Zach Pederson was strong with 16 points; and Brandon Davis had another good game including a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.
Crazy game. Proud of both teams. Proud of the Vikings for carrying on the tradition of losing to UAF -it could say big things; the 2012 team lost at UAF and won a national championship; the 2013 team lost at UAF and made the Final Four. Heads up, Men.
SFU 45 @ UAA 73
Oh dear. You made it through the trip SFU! The Seawolves and Bears got you a bit, but you’re still kicking! Time to use the experience to go and win against WOU and/or Concordia, eh?
Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano went 6-6 from the free throw line.
Seawolf highlights: Suki Wiggs was a free throw monster as much as ever, going 13-15 and finishing with 34 points and seven boards; Diante Mitchell had five boards; Spencer Svejcar had a nice bounce-back game with 22 points and five boards; Corey Hammell took the night off, only grabbing five boards (it’s okay, we forgive you Corey) while playing just 18 minutes; and Connor Devine had five blocks -not quite the D2 Kristaps, but working his way there; sad he’s a senior. Off the bench Damien Fulp had eight points and five assists.
Congrats to the Seawolves on keeping up their tenacity, don’t be too down on yourselves Clan -we’ll say it again: It’s hard to win at UAA.
SPU 70 @ WOU 84
This game was a straight up mess, initially for both teams, but then the Wolves pulled it out. They would have won by easily 30 with all of the turnovers SPU was handing over, but they kept missing open shots. The Falcons had some success getting them to the bottom of the shot clock, but then those shots started falling and it was all over.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten ahd five boards; tony Miller had 18 points and 12 boards; Joe Rasmussen had six boards; and Gavin Long had 25 points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert grabbed five boards.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a TRIPLE DOUBLE with 15 boards, 11 steals, and 18 points, PLUS seven assists -at that point, we would’ve killed to see him get the quad. Aside from that, the rest of the Wolves were awesome too: Ali had 17 points; JJ continues to Boss, scoring 17 points and grabbing six boards; and off the bench Yanick Kulich had eight points.
Ridiculously proud of the Wolves; the opponent could have been easy to overlook and while initially they did, they really pulled it together for a great second half performance to kill whatever hope the Falcons might’ve had left when it had been close.
SMU 85 @ CU-PDX 78
The Saints were angry after Thursday? They’re a really good team? Por que no los dos? Si.
Saints highlights: Cple Preston did his thing, although this time that thing included five fouls among five assists and 12 points -we approve; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards; Tyler Copp had 22 points and six boards; and Fred Jorg had a casual double-double with 10 points, 11 boards, and zero fouls in 18 minutes of play. Off the bench Trey Ingram had four assists and nine points; while Brandon Kenilvort made some noise with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Cav highlights: Drew Martin went 7-9 from the line and had nine boards and five fouls; Christopher Edward had a double double with 11 points and 14 boards; Jarrett Gray had a whopping 26 points; and off the bench Latrell Wilson had 14 points.
Relatively exciting game. Not super exciting, but relatively. We were curious to see which way it would go, at the very least.
MSUB 96 @ CWU 69
We’d say we’re surprised and we sort of are but we’re sort of not. MSUB proved early in the year that they’re a REALLY good team. Then they fell of a cliff. CWU had some doubts early in the year, but then proved that they too are a REALLY good team. Parity, parity everywhere. And in that MSUB won and won big and did so ON THE ROAD at CWU, which is seriously impressive. Unfortunately it’s all for naught; CWU’s bubble has likely burst by this point (although a lot depends on the other conferences) and so MSUB oddly enough just created another “needs the auto bid” conference tournament opponent that’s likely really angry at them. Fun. Times. But seriously -for those of us watching from the sidelines? 100%.
Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY 32 points, 11 boards, six assists, and ZERO turnovers -we is so proud!; Kamal Tall had 10 boards; Jace Anderson had 16 points while going 4-4 fromd downtown; and off the bench KENDALL DENHAM had 19 points and seven boards on pretty darn near perfect shooting.
Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had five assists; Dom Hunter had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and Fuquan had 15 points and eight boards. Off the bench Jerome Bryant made his free throws and finished with nine points.
We’re honestly really stunned. We love the Wildcats, we believe in the Wildcats, and those are not Wildcat numbers. We can understand MSUB blowing out CWU because MSUB is a good team and blowouts happen, but… Nothing but respect. Wow. We truly didn’t expect to see the Wildcats shut down like that, especially not in their own house. Wow. Proud of you MSUB, big thumbs up.
What an amazing night of basketball. Thank-you guys, thank-you guys so much. Sorry the posts went up so late, we’ll get POW noms and the announcement up as soon as we can, and then a discussions post and updated conference standings page hopefully tomorrow.
Better late than never. We’ll have a mini blitz today. One of the big things at our own school a couple of years ago was an issue with distractions and… We’ve been distracted. To the two Falcons that actually read this… Shut-up. We’re still really excited about blogging and this weekend was amazing from a conference perspective and there are so many guys that made us ridiculously proud.
We’ll put these up in four separate posts; the two game days, then POW noms and winner, and then actually probably a ‘Discussions’ post because we finally feel that it’s gotten to be too much and at this point we need to have one, even if what it’ll largely consist of is us saying “WE DON’T KNOW.” We’ll get into the whys of what we don’t know.
CWU 61 @ NNU 73
We keep saying NNU has a good home court advantage and we ain’t been lyin’ bout it. Dem Jihadists are good. We have no idea about the bubble implications for CWU either though, that’s something we’ll be discussing later.
Wildcat highlights: Dom Hunter had 27 points and seven boards; Fuquan Niles was held to just two points and 14 minutes, picking up five fouls, and yet grabbing -11- boards in those fourteen minutes, DANG. Off the bench Cameron Burton had eight points on perfect shooting; Jerome Bryant hat five points; and Sage Woodruff had six points. We really like the little bits we keep seeing out of Sage -excited to see what he does in the future, lots of promise.
Jihadist, er, Crusader highlights: BOUNA had 23 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 11 pooints; Kaileb Rodriguez had 10 points and seven boards; and the always great Maurice Jones won the match-up with Fuquan, finishing with 14 points, 12 boards, and five fouls in 24 minutes. We completely forgot they were matching-up and went to a high school game instead; now we’re sorry we missed it. Off the bench Olamilekan Adetunji had a whopping 12 boards.
Exciting game. Proud of the Crusaders -keep your heads up Wildcats, we still believe in you 100%!
SFU 64 @ UAF 77
Simon Fraser was seriously in it for a very, very long time, even leading by 15, before the Nooks managed to put it away and do so convincingly. Ridiculously proud of the Clan, we feel a win is coming… Just when will it be?
Clan highlights: Iziah had 13 points and nine boards; Michael Provenzano had 19 points; JJ Panikratz finally bounced back with 16 points and eight boards; and off the bench Graham Miller had six points.
Nook highlights: Nahjee had 15 points; Bangaly had 23 poitns and nine boards; LaDonavan Wilder had five boards; Zach Pederson had six boards; and Brandon Davis had an amazing game with 16 points, six boards, and seven assists. Off the bench Michael Kluting had seven points and five boards.
SPU 71 @ CU-PDX 81
We haven’t been able to go to any of the protest stuff because we have a really weak immune system, but we figured we could at least take a stand in the tiny part of the world we inhabit by wearing a rainbow flag at a game between two schools that believe gays are going to hell. If you attend a non-SPU/CU-PDX school and want to suggest/have a gay pride night when one of those schools comes and plays your team, we are 100% in support of it. Love is love and if you can play, you can play.
This game was close for a long time and then the Cavaliers dug deep and got the win.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wotten had 21 points and nine boards; Tony Miller had 24 points and 12 boards; Joe Rasmussen had seven boards and five fouls; and Gavin Long had 15 points.
Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had a full house including 22 points, eight boards, and five fouls; Christopher Edwards continues to amaze with 14 points and seven boards on almost perfect shooting; Jarrett Gray had 18 points and seven boards; and off the bench Latrell Wilson had a full house including 17 points and four rebounds.
Overall an interesting game, congrats to the Cavs.
MSUB 81 @ NNU 88
The Jihadist homecourt advantage strikes again. Maybe not so surprising against an MSUB team that we have no idea what they’re doing (they’re GOOD, they’re BAD, they’re OKAY!) but it’s still exciting for a fun Crusaders team! We heart Mo, Kaileb, and Bouna (of course!) !!
Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly (!!) had 28 points, 11 boards, and -7- blocks; Jace Anderson had 15 points; and Sven had 17 points. Off the bench Kendall Denham had nine points.
Crusader highlights: Bouna played forty full minutes and had 25 points and nine boards; Pol Olivier had seven boards; Kalieb Rodriguez had an incredible 35 points and 11 boards; and Maurice Jones had 14 points and 13 boards. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj proved his worth scoring five points on 5/6 shooting from the charity stripe -make ’em count Nikola! Nicely done.
Ridiculously excited about the play of both teams, MSUB is looking more like themselves, NNU is finding an identity at just the right time in a year when nothing has truly been determined as of yet. Can’t wait to see what’s next!
SMU 73 @ WOU 82
It’s hard to play in Monmouth and the Saints did their darndest but couldn’t get it done against their formal travel partner. Former rival? Is that a thing? Meh. Doesn’t have the same sentiment as MSUB/SPU. Go figure.
Saints highlights: Cole Preston had nine points; Jordan Kitchen had seven boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 16 points; and Fred Jorg had five boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram had 13 points. Trey Ingram and Kendall Denham -twinning.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a full house with 23 points, five boards, and six steals amongst other stats; Ali had 13 points and five boards; JJ Chirnside continues to turn it up with 15 points and eight boards; and off the bench Demetrius only played 21 minutes but made them count, scoring 16 points.
Close game, relatively intense game, the Saints play was meh and the Wolves play was uninspired initially but they managed to get inspired and procure a good win. Congrats Wolves!
WWU 79 @ UAA 87
Home den advantage. It is freaking hard to play in Alaska. Everyone says it, WWU is a very good team and they just exemplified it. Anchorage is also a really good team -they’ve been underachieving, so don’t let their record fool you; they’re incredibly good.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played 40 full minutes and had 21 points and eight assists; Logan Schilder had five boards; Dualton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had 13 points and nine boards; and Jeffrey Parker had 14 points. Off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had another big game with 17 points and six boards.
Seawolf highlights: Suki had 32 points on good shooting; Diante Mitchell had a whopping 25 points; Corey Hammell had a nutso 15 boards; and Connor Devine had 11 points. oFf the bench Ashton Pomrehn had six points.
Lived up to the hype of being game of the night. Congrats to both teams on a battle well fought.
Awesome night of basketball. Nights like these remind us why we love the GNAC and D2 basketball so much -any given night.
Conference Game Day #14 up soon.