Falcons win GNAC tournament on last-second shot

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LACEY — Seattle Pacific’s Jobi Wall hit a 28-foot jump shot with 0.3 seconds left to lift the Falcons to a 72-70 victory over Western Washington in the men’s title game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference basketball tournament Saturday.

The victory gives Seattle Pacific (24-4) an automatic berth into the NCAA Division II national tournament. The Vikings (27-2) are the defending national champions and are expected to get an at-large berth.

Western took a 70-66 lead with 1:42 left on a layup by Austin Bragg. David Downs of SPU hit a free throw with 34 seconds left, and two more with 16 seconds left to close the gap to 70-69. WWU missed two free throws with 15 seconds left to give the Falcons a chance.

Working the clock down, Wall had the ball up top for SPU when WWU’s Anye Turner almost came up with a steal in the closing seconds. Wall was able to recover the ball, and had time to just turn and shoot from 28 feet for the winner.

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Downs led SPU with 20 points, Cory Hutsen had 16 and Wall 10.

For Western, Paul Jones had 20 points and John Allen 19.

Western Washington women 60,

Simon Fraser 40

The Vikings earned their first GNAC crown by jumping out to an early lead against the Clan and never looking back.

With the victory in the title game, the Vikings improved to 25-3 and now advance to the NCAA Division II national tournament riding an eight-game winning streak.

Trishi Williams led WWU with 16 points, six steals and five assists.

Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe, the GNAC player of the year, had 12 points and 14 rebounds for the Clan, which falls to 23-5. Raincock-Ekunwe entered the game hitting 65.9 percent from the field, but the Vikings limited her to 2-for-8 shooting.

From sports-information reports.

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