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Max Bayern, Staff Reporter - February 13. 2013

Central’s mens team will embark on a road trip this week that will decide if the team will sink or swim. They sit fifth in a crowded GNAC conference, but two wins this week will put the Wildcats right back on track for better seeding come post-season play.

The Wildcats will travel to both Seattle Pacific (17-3, 10-2) and Montana State Billings (12-11, 5-7) this Thursday and Saturday.

The Seattle Pacific Falcons rank sixth in the nation and lead the conference in scoring defense, only allowing 61.6 points per game. Last time these two teams met, the Falcons beat the Wildcats, 80-71.

The vaunted Falcon defense held the conferences’ leading scorer, Mark McLaughlin, to only 18 points.

The Falcons played stingy defense during their last game in Ellensburg, only allowing 35 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent from the three (4-16). Seattle Pacific also converts the most threes; they shoot a GNAC best 42 percent from downtown.

Central will close out the trip at Montana State Billings.

During the teams last meeting, the Wildcats beat the Yellowjackets 89-86 after a missed game tying three at the buzzer.

The win came from a team effort with three Central players in double-figures led by McLaughlin’s 32 points.

The Yellowjackets attempt the most three-points shots in the league. Central allowed the Yellowjackets to convert ten three-point field goals in their previous game, with seven of them coming in the second half.

Central boasts the second best scoring offense with 86.7 points a game and if the

Yellowjackets can convert their threes, this will be a high-scoring fast-paced game.

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