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Fossman, Osborne nearing milestones for UAA men's basketball team

Beth Bragg

Call it milestone week.

When the UAA men's basketball team hosts Northwest Nazarene and Central Washington this week at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, two members of the team are within reach of notable numbers.

Kyle Fossman, a senior from Haines, is two points shy of scoring 1,000 for the Seawolves.

And Rusty Osborne, in his 10th season as coach, is two wins away from matching former boss Charlie Bruns' program record for victories.

Fossman averages 17 points a game and recently became the fourth player in team history to hit 200 shots from behind the 3-point arc. He should reach the 1,000-point plateau early in Thursday's game against Northwest Nazarene.

Osborne is 184-100 as UAA's head coach. Bruns, the head coach before him, racked up a program-best 186 wins in an 11-year career.

Osborne's winning percentage of .648 is the second-best in program history, trailing only the flashy .708 percentage racked up by Ron Abegglen in a 109-45 five-year run from 1986-91.

Osborne and the Seawolves are 9-7 this season and 2-3 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. They dipped below the .500 mark in league play last week with losses at Seattle Pacific and Montana State-Billings to fall to eighth place in the 10-team league. With seven of their final 13 games on the road, a sweep at home this week is critical.

Northwest Nazarene is 5-8 overall, 3-2 in GNAC play. Central Washington is 7-6, 3-2. Both teams are coming off sweeps at home in which both defeated Saint Martin's and Western Oregon.

Northwest Nazarene likes to shoot 3-pointers -- the Crusaders were a combined 30 of 51 behind the arc in those wins last week. Central Washington has a hot hand in Kevin Davis, who had a combined 38 points, 24 rebounds and nine blocked shots in last week's wins.

For UAA, Fossman is one of four starters averaging double figures. Travis Thompson leads the way with 20.9 points per game, followed by Brian McGill (18.0), Fossman and Teancum Stafford (14.1). Each is capable of lighting it up from outside.

The UAA women play once this week -- Saturday afternoon at 5:15 at UAF. The Seawolves (11-3 overall, 4-2 GNAC) are half a game out of first place. UAF is 8-6, 2-4.

Reach Beth Bragg at bbragg@adn.com or 257-4335.

UAA's all-time scoring leaders

1. Peter Bullock (2000-04) 1,902

2. Hansi Gnad (1983-87) 1,666

3. Carl Arts (2004-08) 1,544

4. Jim Hajdukovich (1995-99) 1,472

5. Jesse Jackson (1985-87) 1,471

6. Jason Kaiser (1993-95) 1,363

7. Tony Turner (1977-80) 1,289

8. Brandon Walker (2008-11) 1,242

9. Mark Drake (2001-05) 1,173

10. Chris Hamey (1995-00) 1,168

UAA coaching records

Bob Rachal (1 year) 16 18 .471

Gary Bliss (3 years) 44 41 .518

Ron Abegglen (5 years) 109 45 .708

Harry Larrabee (7 years) 132 77 .632

Charlie Bruns (11 years) 186 117 .614

Rusty Osborne (9-plus years) 184 100 .648


By BETH BRAGG
bbragg@adn.com