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Originally published Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM

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SPU’s David Downs voted GNAC player of year

Seattle Pacific guard David Downs was voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.


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Seattle Pacific guard David Downs was voted the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Downs received eight of 10 first-place votes and was the lone unanimous selection to the all-conference team. He also was only the fourth GNAC player selected to the first team for three consecutive years.

Downs led the Falcons (24-5) to the GNAC regular-season title. He was ranked third in scoring (20.1), fourth in assists (4.7) and second in three-point field-goal percentage (47.5).

Downs ranks 11th in GNAC history in career scoring (1,715 points), ninth in three-pointers made (238) and fourth in assists (548).

Seattle Pacific coach Ryan Looney earned his second GNAC Coach of the Year award. Looney (116-33) is in his fifth season at SPU.

Joining Downs on the first team were guard Richard Woodworth of Western Washington, guard Mark McLaughlin of Central Washington, forward Patrick Simon of SPU, guard Travis Thompson of Alaska Anchorage and WWU forward Austin Bragg. McLaughlin was a repeater from last year’s first team.

Les Habegger will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on March 26 in New Castle.

Habegger coached SPU from 1957 to 1974, where his teams won 267 games and made six NCAA Division II tournament appearances, including the 1965 Elite Eight.

He was an assistant coach with the 1979 NBA champion Seattle SuperSonics and later was their general manager and director of player personnel.

Men’s golf

Seattle University finished sixth at the Colleton River Collegiate in Bluffton, S.C.

• Western Washington’s Mark Strickland (1-under 71) was tied for second and the Vikings were 11th after the first round of the St. Edward’s tournament in Austin, Texas.

Women’s golf

Washington was sixth and Washington State 11th after the first two rounds of the Bruin Wave Invitational in Tarzana, Calif. UW’s Charlotte Thomas (2 over) was tied for 12th and teammate Jennifer Yang (3 over) was tied for 15th. WSU’s Mallory Kent (4 over) was tied for 17th.

From sports-information reports.



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