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David Downs leads No. 11 Seattle Pacific past Alaska-Fairbanks

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David Downs missed just one shot en route to his fourth consecutive 20-point performance, scoring 23 on Thursday during No. 11 Seattle Pacific’s 66-46 triumph over Alaska-Fairbanks at SPU’s Brougham Pavilion.

The 6-foot-2 senior point guard made 8 of 9 shots from the field, including 4 of 5 from three-point range. Downs, who attended Bellevue Christian High School in Kirkland, ranks No. 5 nationally in three-point accuracy at 57.3 percent (51 of 89).

He converted all three of his free throws and distributed two assists. Downs was voted the the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Preseason Player of the Year by the coaches.

He helped SPU’s offense put the game away midway through the second half as the Falcons scored 14 unanswered points, while the defense held the visitors scoreless for a span of 6:43. Downs netted eight points during the surge, which provided a 57-32 advantage with 8:43 left to play.

The Falcons (12-4) halted a two-game losing streak and improved to 3-2 in GNAC games.

Fairbanks (7-5), coming off a 65-61 victory over league-leading Western Washington, saw its conference mark evened at 2-2.

Junior Cory Hutsen scored 13 points for SPU and senior Patrick Simon added 10. Simon, who was sidelined the previous three games with a hand injury, also missed just one shot. He went 4 for 5 from the field.

Sergej Pucar paced the Nanooks with 14 points.

The Falcons shot 61.9 percent (26 of42) and went 9 of 13 collectively on three-pointers.

Women’s basketball

Sydney Donaldson scored a career-high 21 points to help Western Washington defeat visiting Central Washington 71-64 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game.

• Eastern Washington fell, 81-64, at Montana in a Big Sky game.

Figure skating

Jean-Luc Baker of Mountlake Terrace won the junior doubles ice dance title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Boston with partner Kaitlin Hawayek.

The pair overcame a fall by Hawayek to win the championship with 132.26 points. Baker, 20, attended Kamiak High School but now lives in Detroit. He and Hawayek finished seventh at the 2013 world junior championships.

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