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Seattle Pacific men edge Western for GNAC title, NCAA berth


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David Downs scored 19 of his game-high 26 points in the second half as the Seattle Pacific men earned a 65-62 victory Saturday over Western Washington in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship in Lacey.

The Falcons (26-5), ranked No. 18 in the latest national poll, earned an automatic NCAA berth. The Falcons, who have won 15 of 16, also won the GNAC regular-season title, defeated WWU for the third time this season.

The loss drops the Vikings to 20-8 overall, and puts WWU on the bubble for an NCAA berth. The 64-team field is announced Sunday at 7:30 on ncaa.com.

Austin Bragg led the Vikings with 20 points and eight rebounds.

Downs was named the tourney MVP for the second straight year.

Whitman women defeat Whitworth

Host Whitman avenged its only loss of the season with a 73-67 victory over rival Whitworth in the second round of the NCAA Division III women’s tournament.

Whitman will play Christopher Newport (24-5) of Newport News, Va., in the Sweet 16 on Friday.

Tiffani Traver had 17 points and Sarah Anderegg and Heather Johns each scored 15 for the Missionaries (28-1), who had lost to Whitworth in the NWC title game. Kayla Johnson had 21 points and eight rebounds for the Pirates (21-8).

Other games

Katie Colard scored 21 points to help the Western Washington women to a 78-74 victory over Simon Fraser in the GNAC championship game in Lacey. The Vikings (19-9) earned an NCAA berth. Jenni White had 17 points and Taylor Peacocke had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Nolan Harvey’s three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime gave host UT Dallas a 78-77 victory over No. 12 Whitworth in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s tournament.

The Pirates (23-6) had led by 15 points with just under 10 minutes left in regulation before No. 16 Dallas rallied and forced overtime.

Dustin McConnell led Whitworth with 22 points, and George Valle had 20 points and eight rebounds.

Kyle Schleigh scored 25 to lead Dallas (27-3), which will play Wisconsin-Whitewater on Friday.

Whitworth shot 54 percent from the field to the Comets’ 35 percent. The Comets shot 28 of 38 on free throws to Whitworth’s 7 of 12.



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