CWU Wildcats Suffer Rare Home Loss to Alaska, 82-75 - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

CWU Wildcats Suffer Rare Home Loss to Alaska, 82-75

From CWU Athletics

 

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Jan. 3) -- Junior guard Mark McLaughlin (Bothell, Wash./Inglemoor HS) led four Central Washington University men's basketball players in double figures with 25 points, but the Wildcats suffered a rare home loss to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, 82-75, on Thursday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
 
The Wildcats, who were held to a season-low 75 points, fell to 7-4 overall and 1-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. Alaska improved to 7-4 and 2-1 in the GNAC, earning just its third victory in 24 all-time meetings between the two schools in Nicholson Pavilion.
 
McLaughlin scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half, but needed 22 total field-goal attempts (eight made) to accomplish his total. Fellow starters Chris Holmes (Jr., Seattle, Wash./Franklin HS), Jordan Coby (Sr., Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS), and Derrick Davis (Sr., Tacoma, Wash./Clover Park HS) also scored in double digits with 14, 12, and 10, respectively.
 
CWU scored the game's first point on a technical free throw by McLaughlin before the opening tip-off, as Alaska was whistled for a violation for dunking prior to the start of the contest. That 1-0 lead was one of just two leads for the Wildcats on the night -- with the second advantage being a 3-2 count a minute and a half after tip. Alaska regained the lead 19 seconds later and pushed its lead to 13 at 26-13 before CWU went on a 14-1 run to tie the game with 4:09 remaining in the first half. The Nanooks hit consecutive three-pointers to go back in front by six and led 37-33 at the half.
 
The Wildcats earned another tie at 40-40 less than two minutes into the second half, but Alaska took the lead for good at the 16:23 mark to open a 12-2 scoring run, and the closest CWU came the rest of the way was a three-point differential at 57-54.
 
CWU struggled offensively, finishing the game at 39.7 percent from the floor (27 of 68) including just 1 of 13 from three-point range -- the team's lowest single-game three-point percentage in nearly nine years. The Wildcats forced Alaska into 18 turnovers with 12 steals, including five by McLaughlin, and the hosts had just 13 miscues of their own. CWU was outrebounded by a 52-35 count -- its most sizeable rebounding disadvantage of the season.
 
Alaska was led by the 25 points and four assists of Pat Voeut, while Dominique Brinson (14 points) and Stefan Tica (10 points) also scored in double figures. Reserves Sergej Pucar and Andrew Kelly led the Nanooks' rebounding efforts, grabbing 16 and 10 boards, respectively.
 
CWU will look to rebound on Saturday night (Jan. 5), hosting nationally-ranked Alaska Anchorage (ranked 25th; 8-3 overall) in a 7 p.m. tip-off at Nicholson Pavilion.

 

  • College

    • Mata’afa named to Ted Hendricks Award watch list

      Mata'afa, a native of Lahaina, Hawaii, earned All-Pac-12 second team honors last season after finishing fifth in the league with 13.5 tackles including a team-high five sacks.

    • Washington State ranked No. 24 in AP preseason poll

      The Washington State football team will begin the season with a No. 24 ranking in the 2017 Associated Press preseason poll, released Monday. The Cougars' are one of four Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 25 and it marks the third time in the history of the Associated Press poll.

    • Defense dominates in Eastern's first Fall scrimmage

      There were only compliments being passed around after Eastern Washington University defensive units held EWU's vaunted offense without a touchdown in EWU's 72-play scrimmage Saturday at Roos Field.

    • Griz offense shines in second scrimmage of fall camp

      The Montana Grizzly defense might have stolen the show last week in the first scrimmage of fall camp. But the offense would not be denied Saturday as they racked up 24 first downs and nearly 400 yards of total offense.  

    • Vandals to host open scrimmage on Saturday

      Idaho football will wrap up fall camp Saturday (Aug. 19), with a scrimmage at 10 a.m. in the Kibbie Dome. The scrimmage is open to the public and will be the final chance for fans to see the Vandals in action before the season opener Aug. 31, against Sacramento State.
       
    • Danielle Mauldin joins Eagles women's basketball coaching staff

      Mauldin is Saint Mary's and the West Coast Conference's all-time leading rebounder with 1,282 over four years and also set a SMC program record for double-doubles.

    More
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • CWUMore>>

  • CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    CWU football lands Division II Football Showcase game on ESPN3

    Courtesy: CWU AthleticsCourtesy: CWU Athletics

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    >>

    PORTLAND, Ore. – When Azusa Pacific and Central Washington meet on the football field for the second time in 2017, they will square off in front of a national audience. The Oct. 28 between the two games, which will take place in Ellensburg, Wash., will be one of 18 games selected this season for the 2017 NCAA Division II Football Showcase.

    >>
  • Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Central Washington releases 2017 football schedule

    Courtesy: Central Washington AthleticsCourtesy: Central Washington Athletics

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    >>

    ELLENSBURG, Wash.- Central Washington University head football coach Ian Shoemaker has announced the Wildcats 2017 football schedule.  The Wildcats will play 11 games in 2017 with five home contests.   Central's 2017 opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2 at 5 p.m. against Texas A&M Kingsville in Kingsville, Texas. The Javelinas finished the 2016 season with a 9-3 record, including a 24-17 victory over Southern Arkansas in the Agent B...

    >>
  • City of Kennewick Honors Kennewick Americans

    City of Kennewick Honors Kennewick Americans

    Wednesday, August 17 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-08-17 19:47:03 GMT
    Wednesday, August 17 2016 3:47 PM EDT2016-08-17 19:47:03 GMT
    On Tuesday night, the Kennewick Americans little league team was honored by the Kennewick city council. Mayor Steve Young and the council recognized the American's winning the national title at the Cal Ripken World Series.  >>
    On Tuesday night, the Kennewick Americans little league team was honored by the Kennewick city council. Mayor Steve Young and the council recognized the American's winning the national title at the Cal Ripken World Series.  >>