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SPU’s Looney West Region men’s basketball coach of year

Two Falcon players join two from Western Washington on NCAA Division II all-region team

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Seattle Pacific men’s basketball coach Ryan Looney was named NCAA Division II West Region Coach of the Year and two Falcons seniors — David Downs and Patrick Simon — landed on the all-region team released Wednesday by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Western Washington’s Austin Bragg and Richard Woodworth also made the six-player first team, while Central’s Mark McLaughlin was a second-team selection.

In five years, Looney has directed the Falcons to a 118-34 record — 26-6 this season — and extended SPU’s run of postseason appearances to 10.

Downs, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Bellevue Christian High School, was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference player of the year and GNAC tournament MVP, leading the team in scoring (20.4) and assists (4.7).

Simon, a 6-8 forward from Ephrata, led the nation in three-point accuracy (.500) and averaged 16 points a game this season.


Luke Stratman’s RBI single in the top of the seventh inning broke a 2-2 tie and visiting Washington State went to defeat No. 17 San Diego 4-3 in nonconference baseball, giving the Cougars a sweep of the two-game series.

• Concordia’s Adam Herman, a 6-6 senior forward from Brush Prairie High School who averaged 24.5 points a game, was named an NAIA Division II All-American. Northwest University’s Michael Greene, a 6-5 senior forward from Bellingham, made the third team.

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