UAA's Fossman a first-team GNAC pick

Kyle Fossman, a tireless guard who leads UAA in scoring, was awarded first-team honors on the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball team announced Monday.

Fossman, a 6-foot junior from Haines, was one of three Seawolves to garner all-conference recognition. Sophomore guard Teancum Stafford was named to the second team and senior center Liam Gibcus earned honorable mention notice in voting by the league's 10 head coaches.

Fossman leads UAA and ranks seventh in the GNAC in scoring with 14.9 points a game. He ranks second in the league in 3-pointers per game (2.6) and minutes per game (36.1), fourth in free throw percentage (86.2) and eighth in 3-point percentage (44.1).

Fossman racked up double figures in 20 games and posted averages of 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals.

Stafford, a 6-5 newcomer from Auburn, Wash., averaged 14.4 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. He scored in double figures 21 times this season.

Gibcus, a 6-10 Aussie, averaged 11.3 points and a team-high 6.8 rebounds in his first full season as a starter. He entered the season with one double-double in his career and now owns six, including three in the last four games. Last week, he earned All-American academic honors.

Claiming a share of coach-of-the-year honors was UAF's Mick Durham, who in his second season led the Nanooks to their first winning season in six years (15-11) and their best GNAC record in seven years (10-8). UAF's Dominique Brinson, a 6-2 guard from Juneau, and Sergej Pucar, a 6-11 center from Serbia, were named to the second team.

The Seawolves (18-8 overall, 11-7 GNAC) will be the No. 3 seed when the conference tournament begins Thursday in Lacey, Wash.

UAA faces Central Washington and UAF plays Montana State-Billings in first-round action.



John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-0, Sr., Brier, Wash.)

David Downs, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-2, Jr., Kirkland, Wash.)

Paul Jones, Western Washington (F, 6-5, Sr., Kent, Wash.)

Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, Wash.)

Kyle Fossman, UAA (G, 6-1, Jr., Haines)

Jarrell Crayton, Montana State Billings (F, 6-7, Sr., Bellevue, Neb.)


Patrick Simon, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-8, Jr., Ephrata, Wash.)

Jobi Wall, Seattle Pacific (F, 6-6, Sr., Arvada, Colo.)

Richard Woodworth, Western Washington (G, 6-3, Jr., Bellevue, Wash.)

Teancum Stafford, UAA (G, 6-5, So., Auburn, Wash.)

Sergej Pucar, UAF (C, 6-11, Jr., Belgrade, Serbia)

Dominique Brinson, UAF (G, 6-2, Sr., Juneau)

HONORABLE MENTION -- Liam Gibcus, UAA (F, 6-10, Sr., Lysterfield, Australia); Pat Voeut, UAF (G, 5-11, Jr., Bellingham, WA); Jordan Coby, Central Washington (G, 6-1, Sr., Tacoma, WA); Kalob Hatcher, Montana State Billings (G, 5-11, Jr., San Diego, CA); Dave Arnold, Montana State Billings (G, 6-2, Sr., Highlands Ranch, CO); Omar McDade, Montana State Billings (G, 6-3, Sr., Logan, UT); Kenny Jones, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-2, Sr., Los Angeles, CA); Kevin Rima, Northwest Nazarene (F, 6-, So., Fairbanks, AK); Jonathan Hawkins, Northwest Nazarene (G, 6-3, Sr., Phoenix, AZ); Roger O'Neill, Saint Martin's (F, 6-5, Sr., Edmonds, WA); Brady Bomber, Saint Martin's (G, 5-10, Sr., Lynden, WA); Riley Stockton, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-4, So., Spokane, WA); Andy Poling, Seattle Pacific (C, 6-11, Sr., Portland, OR); Taylor Dunn, Simon Fraser (G, 6-4, Jr., Vancouver, WA); Kolton Nelson, Western Oregon (C, 6-8, Sr., Klamath Falls, OR); Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, OR); Austin Bragg, Western Washington (F, 6-9, Jr., Longview, WA); Chris Mitchell, Western Washington (C, 6-9, Sr., Everson, WA).

Player of the Year -- John Allen, Western Washington (G, 6-0, Sr., Brier, WA)

Defensive Player of the Year -- Riley Stockton, Seattle Pacific (G, 6-4, So., Spokane, WA)

Newcomer of the Year --Mark McLaughlin, Central Washington (G, 6-6, Jr., Bothell, WA)

Freshman of the Year --Andy Avgi, Western Oregon (F, 6-5, Fr., Woodburn, WA)

Coach of the Year -- Tony Dominguez, Western Washington, and Mick Durham, UAF

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