Alaska – Following a Great Northwest Athletic Conference road sweep last week, the Alaska men’s basketball team returns home to host Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon at the Patty Center. The Nanooks (8-4, 3-1 GNAC), who have won four straight, will first entertain the Saints (5-6, 1-2 GNAC) on Thursday before welcoming in the Wolves (7-4, 2-1 GNAC) to town on Saturday. Both games are set for 7 p.m. starts. Thursday will mark head coach Mick Durham’s 500th career game as a head coach at the NCAA level. Now in his 18th overall year, Durham has compiled a 259-240 (.519) record.
Alaska produced its first conference road sweep in six years after defeating Central Washington 82-75, marking just the third time in 24 tries the Nanooks won at Nicholson Pavilion, and later cruised to a 74-55 victory at Northwest Nazarene a couple nights later in Nampa, Idaho.
Junior guard Pat Voeut was named GNAC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after he averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals in the two wins. In Thursday’s victory at Central, Voeut scored a career-high 25 points on 10 of 13 shooting. It was the second time this year the Bellingham, Wash., native was awarded the league accolade.
Other key contributors included senior guard Dominique Brinson, junior guard Ronnie Baker and junior forward Sergej Pucar. Brinson led the team with 16.5 points per game and made four three-pointers while sinking 11 of 13 free throws. Baker accrued 10.0 points while Pucar added 9.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. As a team, the Nanooks gave up only two three pointers as CWU and NNU combined to shoot 9.1 percent (2-22) from beyond the arc.
In the GNAC, Brinson is ninth with 13.8 points while Voeut is not far back in 13th with 13.4 points per game. Pucar continues to lead the league in rebounding with 8.8 boards per game while Voeut is tied for first with 5.3 assists per outing. Andrew Kelly is fourth in shooting percentage (.611 FG) while also ranking tied for 13th with 6.2 boards per game. Brinson is the league’s second-leading free throw shooter (.902) while Voeut is up to eighth (.829) in the same category.
The Nanooks average 77.3 points per game while limiting the opposition to 69.8 points per game. Alaska is third in assists (17.9 apg) and rebounding margin (+7.3 rpg) while also placing fourth in field goal percentage defense (.418 FG) and scoring margin (+7.6 ppg).