For those wondering, Patrick Simon and Seattle Pacific are getting along just fine, thank you.
Simon, the 6-foot-8 forward who committed to Washington State early in his career at Ephrata High School, last week led the Falcons to their first sweep of the Alaska schools in 11 years.
Simon led Ephrata to a third-place finish in the 2010 Class 2A state tournament in the SunDome, then spent two years at WSU before transferring last summer.
He scored 30 points in a 72-60 win last Thursday at Alaska Fairbanks, then added 15 more in an 85-79 win at nationally-ranked Alaska Anchorage.
SPU is 7-1, with its lone loss coming to San Francisco State last month, and is ranked eighth in this week’s national NCAA Division II coaches poll. Simon is averaging a team-leading 14 points while forward Jobi Wall is averaging 13.9, point guard David Downs (Bellevue Christian) 13.3 and 6-11 center Andy Poling, a transfer from Gonzaga, is at 10.6.
Defending national champion Western Washington, 6-0 with a 12-game winning streak over the past two seasons, is ranked sixth.
Central Washington (5-2), with University of Washington transfer Mark McLaughlin averaging a GNAC-high 25.6 points, hosts SPU on Jan. 19 and Western on Feb. 9.