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Downs scores 25 to lift SPU men to victory

David Downs scored 21 of his game-high 25 points during the second half when the ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific men broke open a tight game en route to a 73-57 win over Hawaii Pacific (2-1) on the final day of the GNAC/PacWest Challenge in Ellensburg.


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David Downs scored 21 of his game-high 25 points during the second half when the ninth-ranked Seattle Pacific men broke open a tight game en route to a 73-57 win over Hawaii Pacific (2-1) on the final day of the GNAC/PacWest Challenge in Ellensburg.

The Falcons (6-1), who defeated BYU-Hawaii 86-73 on Friday at Nicholson Pavilion, were the only team to win both games in the tournament.

The contest was tied at halftime and remained close for the next 10 minutes. It was even at 45-45 when Downs scored the Falcons’ next 11 points, sparking a 14-2 run that gave them the lead for good.

Senior forward Patrick Simon was the only other Falcon in double figures with 18 points.

Other men’s basketball

Five Central Washington players scored in double figures, including a game-high 30 points from senior Mark McLaughlin as the Wildcats (2-2) overcame a 14-point first-half deficit to defeat BYU-Hawaii 100-93.

• Host Northwest University had five players score in double figures as it defeated previously unbeaten Cal State Maritime 86-71. The Eagles (6-2) were led by Michael Greene’s 19 points.

Women’s basketball

Katie Benson amassed 31 points and 14 rebounds, helping 21st-ranked Seattle Pacific rally from a 13-point first-half deficit to defeat host Azusa Pacific 83-74 in the Crossover Classic.

Brianne Lasconia scored a career-high 15 points for the Falcons (6-0) and Suzanna Ohlsen added 13. Betsy Kingma had 11 points, including consecutive treys inside the four-minute mark that staved off Cougar rally attempts.

• UC San Diego defeated Western Washington 72-66 in final-day action at the West Region Crossover Classic in Azusa, Calif.

It was the third straight loss, the second in overtime, for the Vikings (1-3). Guard Taylor Peacocke led four WWU players scoring in double figures with 14 points.

• Host St. Martin’s beat Northwest U 68-30, dropping the Eagles to 4-3.

Volleyball

Middle blocker Kayla Erickson had match highs of 13 kills and five blocks as host Western Washington ended its regular season with a 25-12, 25-12, 26-24 victory over Simon Fraser.

The No. 10 Vikings (23-3, 16-2) won the Great Northwest Athletic Conference to earn an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II West Regional. Pairings will be announced Monday.

• Alaska Anchorage beat host Seattle Pacific 25-20,25-23, 25-14. Lexi Biondi had 11 kills to finish the season for the Falcons (15-11,11-7 GNAC). The Seawolves (21-9, 15-3) are likely bound for the NCAA Division II West Regional.

• Host Central Washington (15-11, 11-7 GNAC) beat Western Oregon 25-15, 25-21, 25-19 to end the regular season. Senior Erin Smith had 11 kills.

• Eastern Washington ended its season with a 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-15 victory over host Weber State. Allie Schumacher had 12 kills and 10 digs for Eagles (10-21, 7-13 Big Sky).

• Pacific beat host Gonzaga 25-17, 25-21, 16-25, 25-21. Savannah Blinn had 13 kills for the Bulldogs (11-16, 7-11 West Coast).

Cross country

Junior Aaron Nelson completed one of the best seasons by a Washington men’s distance runner, finishing 20th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. Nelson completed 10,000 meters in 30:27.

The Huskies women finished 17th. Megan Goethals (21:11) was 80th and Katie Flood (21:13) 84th.

The Providence women took the team title with 141 points, beating out Arizona (197). The Pac-12 champion Colorado men won the team title with 149 points.

Edward Cheserek (29:41) of Oregon was the men’s medalist.

• At the NCAA Division II Championships in Spokane, the Western Washington women were 18th and the men 20th. Katelyn Steen (34th) was the top Vikings finisher. Connie Morgan was 33rd for Central Washington.

Women’s soccer

Top-ranked Washington University beat Puget Sound 3-0 in St. Louis in the third round of the NCAA Division III tournament. The Loggers finished 17-3-2.

From sports-information reports.



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