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SPU men hold on to beat Seawolves

David Downs scored 21 points and Mitch Penner had 17 on Saturday as Seattle Pacific built an early lead and held on for an 81-74 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Alaska Anchorage at Brougham Pavilion.


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David Downs scored 21 points and Mitch Penner had 17 on Saturday as Seattle Pacific built an early lead and held on for an 81-74 Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball victory over Alaska Anchorage at Brougham Pavilion.

The Falcons (13-4, 4-2) kept the Seawolves (9-6, 2-3) 16 points under their league-leading 90.4-point scoring average.

SPU led by as many as 16 points at 47-31 with 16:23 left in the game. The Seawolves steadily chipped away at that margin and cut the deficit to 63-59 on Christian Leckband’s three-pointer with 4:30 left.

Patrick Simon answered with a layup for SPU and Downs scored 12 points in the final 4:09 to repel the visitors’ rally.

ELLENSBURG — Mark McLaughlin scored 39 points as Central Washington beat Western Oregon 106-103 in double overtime.

McLaughlin was 10 of 22 from the field, 16 of 16 from the free-throw line and grabbed 11 rebounds. Kevin Davis had 25 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks for the Wildcats (7-6, 3-2 GNAC). JB Pillard had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

PHOENIX — Three-time defending series champion Ryan Villopoto won the AMA Supercross race at Chase Field, holding off Justin Brayton in the 450 Class.

Villopoto, the Kawasaki star from Poulsbo, raced to his 35th career victory a week after opening the season with a fourth-place finish in Anaheim, Calif.

Villopoto passed Brayton for the lead on Lap 13 in the 20-lap race for his first 450 win in Phoenix.

“Justin was riding a hell of a race,” Villopoto said. “I have to give it to him, he made it tough. I didn’t get the start I wanted because the (starting) gate was slippery, but I just needed to be patient. The Phoenix (track) gets really slick so I had to take my time and make sure my passes stuck.”

A 10-time winner last season, Villopoto took a one-point lead over Ryan Dungey in the standings.

Other men’s basketball

Austin Bragg and Anye Turner combined for 52 points and 32 rebounds as No. 20 Western Washington defeated Simon Fraser 82-69. Bragg had career highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Turner had a career-high 22 points and added 15 rebounds for the host Vikings (10-3, 4-1 GNAC). It was a school-record 36th consecutive home victory for the Vikings, and the 19th straight in GNAC games, one short of the conference record set by WWU from 2004 to 2007.

• Northwest University’s Ryan McIntosh put back a missed shot with 1.1 seconds to go as the host Eagles edged No. 6 Southern Oregon 86-84. Michael Greene led Northwest U (14-4, 5-2 Cascade Collegiate Conference) with 18 points. Tommy Jordan had 16 points and Dak Shagren 15 for the Eagles.

Women’s basketball

Katie Benson scored 18 points and Suzanna Ohlsen and Betsy Kingma also hit for double digits as Seattle Pacific beat Montana State Billings 63-57 at Brougham Pavilion. The Falcons (9-4, 2-3 GNAC) snapped a three-game losing streak. Benson also had 10 rebounds. Ohlsen finished with 16 points and Kingma had 15, hitting five three-pointers.

• Host Montana State (8-5, 3-1 Big Sky) finished on a 25-11 run to beat Eastern Washington 78-74. The Eagles (6-8, 2-3 Big Sky) missed four shots in the final 1:30. Aubrey Ashenfelter had a chance to tie it with 12 seconds left but her jumper rimmed out. Lexie Nelson led Eastern with 19 points.

Katie Colard scored 20 points, hitting six three-pointers, to lead host Western Washington to an 81-68 victory over Northwest Nazarene (10-4, 3-3 GNAC). Sarah Hill and Taylor Peacocke each scored 16 points for the Vikings (7-6, 3-2). Sydney Donaldson had 15 points and 15 rebounds.

• Central Washington snapped a 29-game losing streak to Simon Fraser by defeating the Clan 63-54 in Burnaby, B.C. Jasmine Parker led the Wildcats (6-8, 1-5 GNAC) with 21 points.

• Southern Oregon (16-4, 5-3 CCC) finished with a 9-2 run to beat host Northwest University 101-94. Jordan Asher scored 28 points and Domi Mendezona had 26 for the Eagles (11-8, 3-4).

From sports-information reports.



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