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SPU men beat WWU, solidify hold on 1st place

David Downs poured in a career-high 36 points and distributed seven assists Saturday, helping 15th-ranked Seattle Pacific solidify its first-place position in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings with a 91-88 victory over No. 24 Western Washington at Brougham Pavi


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David Downs poured in a career-high 36 points and distributed seven assists Saturday, helping 15th-ranked Seattle Pacific solidify its first-place position in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball standings with a 91-88 victory over No. 24 Western Washington at Brougham Pavilion.

The Falcons (22-4) extended their winning streak to 11 games and improved to 13-2 in league play. They now have a 2½-game lead in pursuit of the conference championship with two weeks left in the regular season. SPU has three games left to play and the Vikings have four.

Western (16-6) suffered its second straight loss to drop to 10-4 in league play, but is still second.

Jeff Brigham gave up one run over five innings in his first start in 21 months and Tyler Davis threw four innings of scoreless relief as the Washington baseball team beat tournament host Texas State 6-1 in San Marcos.

Andrew Ely homered and hit a run-scoring double for the Huskies (2-1), who beat Michigan 8-6 late Friday night on Alex Schmidt’s walkoff two-run homer in the 10th inning.

Trevor Mitsui hit a two-run homer, UW’s fifth homer of the year. The Huskies have already reached half of their home-run total of 10 from last season.

Jason Monda’s two-run single in the top of the 11th inning provided Washington State a 9-7 victory over host Cal State Fullerton, which is ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

The rally started with a one-out single by Collin Slaybaugh. Nick Tanielu followed with a single, one of his career-high four hits, and Cameron Frost walked to load the bases. With two outs, Monda drove a ball through the left side for the Cougars (1-1).

Ian Hamilton set the Titans (1-1) down in order in the 11th to finish off three shutout innings and earn the victory.

More baseball

Seattle University split a doubleheader at UC Davis, losing the first game 4-3 and winning the second 4-3 in nine innings (it was scheduled for seven). The Redhawks (2-1) trailed 3-0 in the second game but scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie it up. Colin Peterson, Chase Fields and Cullen Hendrickson each drove in a run. In the ninth, Fields’ bunt scored the go-ahead run.

• Gonzaga suffered its third straight loss at the Husker Classic in Tempe, Ariz., falling 9-5 to Pacific. Earlier, Nebraska beat Gonzaga 7-4.

Softball

Third-ranked Washington (9-0) beat SIU Edwardsville 17-0, then beat Michigan State 8-0 at the Littlewood Classic in Tempe, Ariz.

Men’s basketball

Host Northwest University (18-9, 9-7 Cascade Collegiate) beat Warner Pacific 71-70.

• Alaska secured an 85-76 victory over host Central Washington (11-11, 7-7 GNAC).

Women’s basketball

Northwest Nazarene beat host Seattle Pacific 75-67, the Crusaders’ (13-10, 6-9 GNAC) first win in Seattle in 16 tries. Katie Benson scored 25 points for the Falcons (15-7, 8-6).

• Eastern Washington (12-11, 8-6 Big Sky) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, falling 86-78 at Northern Arizona.

Sarah Hill had 13 points and nine rebounds, lifting host Western Washington (15-8, 11-4 GNAC) to a 63-55 triumph over Western Oregon.

• Host Northwest U (18-10, 10-6 CCC) beat Warner Pacific 64-60.

• Central Washington (6-17, 1-14 GNAC) lost 60-39 at Montana State Billings.

Track and field

Washington’s Izaic Yorks ran a sub-four-minute mile at the Husky Classic in Dempsey Indoor. His time was 3:59.04.

From sports-information reports.



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