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Originally published Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9:59 PM

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Western men tie school record with 23rd consecutive victory | NW Briefs

The Vikings tied a 41-year-old school record with their 23rd consecutive men's basketball victory, defeating Alaska Anchorage 75-62 in Bellingham.

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BELLINGHAM — John Allen scored all of his 21 points in the second half as Western Washington tied a 41-year-old school record with its 23rd consecutive men's basketball victory, 75-62 over Alaska Anchorage Thursday night.

The second-ranked Vikings (17-0, 8-0 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) are one of two unbeaten teams in NCAA Division II, with top-ranked Metro State of Denver.

The Vikings also won 23 straight in 1971 and 1972, including a 21-0 start to the '71-72 season. Their streak is also the longest in the GNAC's 12-year history.

Alaska Anchorage (11-5, 4-4) led 42-39 before WWU went on a 13-0 run. Allen, a senior guard from Mountlake Terrace, hit 8 of 11 shots in the second half for the Vikings, the defending national champs.

Other basketball

Jobi Wall had 28 points and eight three-pointers — one short of the school record — in Seattle Pacific's 78-72 overtime men's victory against Western Oregon at Brougham Pavilion. Wall was 8 of 10 behind the arc. Patrick Simon scored 20 for the No. 5 Falcons (14-2, 7-1 GNAC).

Britt Harris had a career-high 28 points and Katie Colard scored the go-ahead points with 1:06 to play as Western Washington (14-2, 8-0 GNAC) beat Central Washington (8-8, 3-5) in a women's game in Ellensburg, 79-73.

Hockey

Carter Rigby had a hat trick, J.T. Barnett had four assists and the Seattle Thunderbirds were buried 8-0 in a Western Hockey League game in Kelowna, B.C. The T-birds (18-28-2-1) were outshot 36-18 by the Rockets (35-10-2-1). Brandon Glover started in goal for Seattle and saved 16 of 21 shots in 33 minutes.

Baseball

Five Pac-12 teams are ranked in Baseball America's preseason top 25. Oregon State is sixth, followed by No. 9 Stanford, No. 12 UCLA, No. 15 Oregon and No. 24 Arizona, the defending national champion.

From sports-information reports.


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