No. 2 Western Washington earns 24th straight win, beating Alaska-Fairbanks
No. 2 Western Washington set a school record with its 24th consecutive victory, defeating Alaska-Fairbanks, 79-66, in a Great Northwest...
BELLINGHAM — No. 2 Western Washington set a school record with its 24th consecutive victory, defeating Alaska-Fairbanks, 79-66, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday.
The Vikings improved to 18-0 overall and remained atop the GNAC at 9-0 led by 18 points apiece from guard John Allen and forward Paul Jones
Top-ranked Metro State, Colo., is the only other unbeaten team in Division II.
UAF fell to 10-7 overall and 5-4 in the GNAC with its third straight loss. Pat Voeut, a graduate of Bellingham's Squalicum High, led the Nanooks with 17 points.
WWU held a 15-point lead, 50-35, a little less than five minutes into the second half, but the Nanooks rallied to pull within five, 57-52, on a pair of Voeut free throws with 11:09 to play.
The margin was still just six, 62-56, with 5:43 to play, but WWU scored seven of the next eight points, capped by an Allen three-pointer, to take a 69-57 lead with 4:09 left, and the margin stayed in double digits the rest of the way.
The 24-game winning streak is longer than the 23-game run from Feb. 20, 1971 to Feb. 15, 1972, a run that included 21 consecutive victories to open the 1971-72 season. That team ended up reaching the NAIA national quarterfinals. The streak is also the longest in the 12-year history of the GNAC.
"Our guys have earned it," WWU coach Tony Dominguez said of the winning streak. "They also want it and are willing to do what they have to do and give up things to win. Our starters have given up some scoring, bench guys have given up minutes."
Other men's basketball
Patrick Simon had 21 points in No. 5 SPU's 82-54 win over visiting Saint Martin's.
• Eastern Washington fell to host Southern Utah, 69-55.
Eastern Washington made a season-high 25 of 26 free throws to knock off visiting Southern Utah, 79-70.
• Montana State-Billings limited visiting Seattle Pacific to 23 percent shooting in the second half and came from behind to win 66-56 and hand SPU its fourth straight loss.
The Washington Stealth dropped the trailer of its two-game weekend road swing, falling at Minnesota, 15-14.
MEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
• Kasen Williams was named men's performer of the meet at the UW Invitational by Husky coach Greg Metcalf. Williams was second in the long jump with a leap of 24 feet, 4 ¼ inches.
• Seattle U athletes broke two school records at the UW Invitational. Freshman Shaddye Melu broke a 7-year-old school record in the men's high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 ½ inches, and Bo Anderson set a record in the shot put with a throw of 46 feet, 8 inches.
• Washington State defeated Idaho 96-25 and beat Montana 105-15 in the dual-competition Cougar Indoor Invitational in Pullman.
• Western Washington's 4x400-meter relay team set the school record at the UW Invitational, finishing in 3:17.01.
WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD
Jordan Carlson was named Washington's women's performer of the meet at the UW Invitational. Carlson broke her indoor school record, winning the 400-meter dash in 54.07 seconds.
• Seattle U athletes broke two school records at the UW Invitational. Madison Davis broke her own record in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:17.10, while Bethany Richards also broke her own record in the weight throw with a toss of 48 feet, 5 /4 inches.
• Washington State beat Idaho 73-48 and defeated Montana 92-31 in the Cougar Indoor Invitational.
The Seattle University men's tennis team continued its Colorado road trip Saturday, losing 5-2 at Northern Colorado in Greeley.
Washington State fell to No. 38 Arkansas, 5-2, at the ITA Team Indoor Championship in Evanston, Ill.
From team and league reports.