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Originally published February 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM | Page modified February 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM

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Central Washington men hold off Seattle Pacific, 70-69, in Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament opener

Lacy Haddock converted two of three free throws with 23.2 seconds remaining Wednesday, lifting sixth-seeded Central Washington to a 70-69 upset of No. 3 Seattle Pacific.

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LACEY — Lacy Haddock converted two of three free throws with 23.2 seconds remaining Wednesday, lifting sixth-seeded Central Washington to a 70-69 upset of No. 3 Seattle Pacific in the quarterfinal round of the GNAC men's basketball tournament at Saint Martin's.

The Wildcats (15-12), who halted a three-game losing streak against SPU, advance to a semifinal matchup with No. 2 seed Alaska Anchorage on Friday at noon.

Despite the setback, the 25th-ranked Falcons (21-7) are likely headed to their eighth consecutive NCAA Division II tournament.

They were listed third in this week's West Region rankings and the top eight receive postseason berths.

The 64-team playoff field will be announced Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

With eight seconds remaining, SPU's Andy Poling missed a short hook shot and Jody Johnson was immediately fouled after collecting the rebound. Johnson missed both free throws and the Falcons got the board, but they never got a shot off as David Downs had the ball stolen by Jordan Coby and time expired.

Downs scored 18 of his 20 points during the second half. Poling scored 19 for SPU.

Coby paced the Wildcats with 18 points, 15 of them coming after halftime.

Kamloops skates past Everett

EVERETT — Kamloops took a 3-0 lead and earned a 3-2 victory over the Everett Silvertips.

Matt Needham, Brendan Ranford and Brady Gaudet scored goals for the Blazers.

Reid Petryk scored a power-play goal for the Silvertips. Joshua Winquist added a short-handed goal with 37 seconds left.

Note

• No. 8 seeded Northwest University drew at-large No. 9 Cornerstone of Michigan, the defending NAIA national champion, for a first-round game Wednesday at the NAIA men's basketball tournament in Point Lookout, Mo. Northwest (27-4), which finished ranked eighth, will play at 8:15 a.m. Pacific time

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