LAIE, Hawaii – BYU-Hawaii men's basketball continued its climb up the rankings moving to No. 16 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II poll.
The Seasiders (6-0, 2-0 PacWest) moved ahead of conference foe and No. 17 Cal Baptist (6-1, 1-0 PacWest). Azusa Pacific (8-1, 1-0 PacWest) entered the rankings at No. 24, while Point Loma dropped out of the rankings, but were still receiving votes.
This week BYU-Hawaii travels to Anchorage, Alaska, for the Seawolf Jamboree to take on Alaska Fairbanks on Friday at 6 p.m. Alaska Standard Time and Alaska Anchorage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m at the Alaska Airlines Center.
- The Seasiders enter the week as the seventh best scoring offense (93.7 points per game) in the country and eighth in the nation shooting 53 percent from the field as a team.
- BYU-Hawaii leads the nation shooting 82.4 percent from the free-throw line and second in the nation shooting 50 percent from behind the arc.
- Pablo Coro leads the Seasiders scoring 18.5 points per game and registered his first double-double of the season with 20 points and 10 assists against Chaminade on Saturday.
- Joining Coro in double-digit scoring averages this season are Cory Lange (11.0), Scott Friel (13.2) and Daniel Berger (12.2).
- Friel was named PacWest Defender of the Week after averaging 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. He has registered double-digit rebounds in four contests this season and 36th nationally with 9.0 rebounds per game.
- Robbie Mitchell continued strong play on the defensive end of the court with three steals against both Hawaii Pacific and Chaminade. He is eighth in the country averaging 3.0 steals per game.
Alaska Fairbanks (2-5, 0-2 GNAC)
- The Nanooks do a great job controlling the ball ranking No. 46 in the NCAA Division II for the fewest turnovers and No. 19 in the fewest fouls.
- Fairbanks is has the 80th best scoring defense (67.9 points per game) in the country to offset being ranked No. 276 for scoring offense (64.1 points per game).
- Ashton Edwards leads the Nanooks with 14.7 points and 3.0 assists per game. He ranks 39th in the nation in 3-point field goals per game (3.00) and 70th in 3-point field goal percentage (43.8).
Alaska Anchorage (3-5, 1-1 GNAC)
- The Seawolves like to shoot from behind the arc ranking No. 32 in 3-point field goal attempts (197) and No. 66 in 3-point field goals made per game (8.5).
- Alaska Anchorage follows up their shot attempts well as the 65th best team in the NCAA Division II with 13.25 offensive rebounds per game.
- Brian McGill leads the Seawolves with 17.6 points, 6.3 assists and 1.63 steals per game. His assists per game mark is the 14th best in the nation this season.
- Kalidou Diouf provides a strong presence down low scoring 12.1 points per game on 69.4 percent shooting to go with five rebounds per game.