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Marc Matthews scored on a buzzer-beating putback in overtime as Montana State Billings beat 13th-ranked Seattle Pacific 72-70 Saturday night at Brougham Pavilion.

The loss prevented the Falcons (22-5, 13-3) from clinching the Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season championship. They have two games remaining.

SPU saw its 11-game winning streak stopped in its final home game.

The Yellowjackets (12-12) leveled their GNAC record at 8-8.

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David Downs scored 31 of his 33 points during the second half to ignite a Falcons rally from 19 points down. His short jumper with seven seconds left to play gave the Falcons their first lead of the game at 66-65.

Billings’ Chase Miller was fouled underneath the basket with 1.8 seconds showing and hit the second of two free throws to force overtime.


Third-ranked Washington (13-2) defeated Brigham Young 8-0 at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif., with Bryana Walker getting the victory.

• Seattle University (4-11) routed Loyola Marymount 10-1 in five innings in Riverside, Calif. Isabella Geronimo, Paige Bouska, Bubba Morrow and Lisa Maulden scored two runs apiece. Maulden and Sarah Petosa each drove in three runs.

Aspen Ison pitched a no-hitter and Alexi Levin drove in five runs with five hits as host Western Washington (8-3) swept a doubleheader with Northwest University, 9-0 in six innings and 14-0 in five innings.


After losing the first game of a doubleheader 14-4, Seattle University fought back from an early deficit to tie the second game. But host Cal State Northridge (4-3) scored a late run and held on for a 4-3 win to sweep the twin bill. Landon Cray batted 5 for 7 for the Redhawks (4-3).

• Western Carolina (4-2) defeated host Washington State 8-6. Nick Tanielu drove in two runs for the Cougars (1-5).

• Gonzaga (2-5) lost 3-2 to Santa Clara (4-4) at the Irish Baseball Classic in San Antonio.

Men’s basketball

Richard Woodworth hit a half-court shot at the buzzer, lifting host Western Washington over Central Washington 94-91. Austin Bragg had a career-high 32 points for the Vikings (18-6, 12-4 GNAC). Woodworth finished with 20 points, 11 in the final minute.

Mark McLaughlin, who leads NCAA Division II in scoring at 27.1 points a game, paced the Wildcats (11-13, 7-9) with 32.

• Host College of Idaho (25-5, 16-2 Cascade) earned a 93-80 victory over Northwest U (19-10, 10-8).

Women’s basketball

Katie Benson scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Seattle Pacific rallied to beat host Western Oregon 76-64. The victory clinched a spot in the GNAC tournament for SPU (17-7, 10-6).

• Host Alaska Anchorage (16-6, 11-5 GNAC) secured a 79-75 victory over Western Washington. Katie Colard scored 23 points for the Vikings (16-9, 12-5), whose six-game winning streak was snapped.

• Host College of Idaho beat Northwest University 68-50. The Eagles (18-12, 10-8 Cascade) will be seeded sixth for the conference tournament and play at third-seeded College of Idaho (15-11, 12-6) on Tuesday.

Track and field

The Western Washington men successfully defended their title at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships in Nampa, Idaho, led by sprinter Alex Donigian (60, 200) and hurdler Peter Maguire (60). On the women’s side, Seattle Pacific, led by Kishia Mitchell (400) and McKayla Fricker (mile), was second and WWU fourth.

Women’s tennis

Washington (8-1) continued to take advantage of its home courts with a 6-1 triumph over Portland.

Men’s tennis

Washington (6-4) cruised to two 6-0 victories over host Seattle University.

Horse racing

E Z Kitty, who won five stakes races at Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise in Arizona, was named Washington Horse of the Year. E Z Kitty is in Kentucky being bred to Exchange Rate.

From sports-information reports.

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