Eastern Washington broke a 21-year-old Big Sky Conference record with 16 blocked shots to help the Eagles to an 81-76 men's basketball victory...
CHENEY — Eastern Washington broke a 21-year-old Big Sky Conference record with 16 blocked shots to help the Eagles to an 81-76 men’s basketball victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday.
The Eagles opened a 16-point lead in the first half and needed every bit of it in holding off the comeback attempt of the Bearkats.
Four Eagles scored in double figures, led by Collin Chiverton’s 20 points. Senior guard Jeffrey Forbes had 11 points, including a three-pointer with 2:38 left that made him the 16th EWU player to reach 1,000 career points.
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Cory Hutsen came off the bench to score 13 points, including a three-point play that halted a late Western Oregon rally, in fifth-ranked Seattle Pacific’s 82-76 Great Northwest Athletic Conference victory.
The Falcons (21-3) improved to 14-2 in league play and earned a first-round bye for the GNAC tournament March 7-9 in Lacey.
• John Allen’s jumper and free throws in the final 10 seconds lifted No. 2 Western Washington (25-1, 16-1) to a 63-57 victory at Alaska Anchorage.
• Kenny Jones scored 26 points to lead Northwest Nazarene to a 100-69 rout of Central Washington (13-11, 7-9).
• Trailing 61-58 with 11 seconds to go, Northwest’s Ryan McIntosh’s three-point attempt fell just short as Warner Pacific held on for a 63-58 victory in a CCC semifinal. Michael Greene led the Eagles (22-10) with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
Aubree Callen scored 25 points as host Seattle Pacific clinched a spot in the GNAC tournament by beating Montana State Billings, 76-71.
The Falcons (15-9, 9-7 GNAC) climbed into a tie with Billings (15-9, 9-7 GNAC) and Alaska Anchorage for fifth in the standings.
• Katie Colard scored 15 points to lead a balanced attack as No. 8 Western Washington (21-3, 15-1) defeated Central Washington (9-15, 4-12) 81-56 in a GNAC game.
Bryana Walker and the No. 22 Huskies (10-5) capped a winning weekend at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Cathedral City, Calif., with a 14-2 victory over No. 13 Georgia.
Kaitlyn Inglesby hit a grand slam and drove in five runs.
Walker went 3-0 on the weekend with a 0.43 earned-run average, 28 strikeouts and allowed just one earned run.
• Host Seattle University (7-5) swept Northwest University (2-7) 9-1 and 15-0 at the newly renovated Logan Field.
A four-run rally in the eighth lifted Lamar to a 6-3 win over visiting Washington and secured a doubleheader sweep for the Cardinals in Beaumont, Texas. Lamar won the first game of the doubleheader, 3-1.
Lamar (6-2) got a pair of complete-game efforts from its starting pitchers Collin Chapman and Eric Harrington. Washington fell to 2-5.
• Host Cal Poly edged Seattle University 1-0.
• P.J. Jones’ RBI double in the bottom of the ninth scored Nick Tanielu from second base and lifted host Washington State to a 1-0 victory over Eastern Michigan (1-3) to complete a doubleheader sweep. The Cougars (3-2) won the opener, 8-4.
Track and field
Among the highlights for UW at the MPSF Championships at Dempsey Indoor was senior Jordan Carlson breaking her school record in the 400 meters in 53.75 seconds, while running on a tender hamstring, and recent football addition Greg Ducre sprinting to second (6.81) in the 60-meter dash.
The Husky women’s team placed sixth out of 15 teams with 48 points. No. 2 Oregon won with 112 points. On the men’s side, Arizona State captured the title with 125 ½ points, while UW was eighth with 37 points.
Washington State’s Todd Wakefield won the men’s 3,000 in a lifetime-best 8:02.06 and the Cougar men finished fourth. The WSU women were seventh.
• Ryan Villopoto of Poulsbo finished second in the AMA Supercross in Atlanta.
Compiled from sports-information departments and other sources.