Western Washington center Tyler MacMullen has been suspended for two games by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for an incident in...
BELLINGHAM — Western Washington center Tyler MacMullen has been suspended for two games by the Great Northwest Athletic Conference for an incident in the Vikings’ 112-106 overtime victory Thursday over Alaska Anchorage.
MacMullen, who is averaging 13.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, will not play in Western’s home contests against Alaska Fairbanks today and archrival Central Washington on Jan. 7.
He was ejected from Thursday’s game three minutes into the second half after arguing a foul call. Immediately after being thrown out, he made contact with an official.
“Behavior of this type is not acceptable and will not be tolerated in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference,” said commissioner Richard Hannan. MacMullen will also be on probation for the remainder of the season.
Western coach Brad Jackson said that Darrell Visser will start in place of MacMullen.
Other men’s basketball
Chase Curtiss scored 26 points to help Puget Sound to a 117-108 win over Berry in the consolation game of the Tom Byron Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.
• Linfield (3-8) outscored Pacific Lutheran 10-6 in the final minutes to edge the Lutes (1-10) 76-73 in the third-place game at the Cactus Jam Tournament Friday in Phoenix.
Josh Vanlandingham led PLU with 17 points, while Eric Heffernan tallied 16 points for Linfield.
• Evergreen State dropped its third straight game by double digits, falling 57-36 to Eastern Oregon in Olympia. Josh Waite led the Geoducks with 15 points.
Jaime Chicane hit two free throws in the final minute to lift Eastern Washington to a 65-63 victory over Idaho in Cheney. Chicane and Joanna Chadd led the Eagles (5-7) with 13 points each.
• Nikki Johnson scored a game-high 15 points, and Kezia Long had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Pacific Lutheran (9-1) to a 63-37 victory over Montana Tech in Tacoma.
• Whitman (4-6) used tough second-half defense defeat UC Santa Cruz 52-37 in the Quality Inn-Whit Classic in Spokane. The Missionaries held the Banana Slugs to 24 percent shooting in the second half and only 14 points in the period. Lizzy Washburn led Whitman with 16 points and nine rebounds.
• Whitworth used a huge first half to roll to a 91-59 win over Cal State East Bay in the Whit Classic. The Pirates (6-4) shot 60 percent from the field to open up a 56-21 lead at the break. Holly Ridings scored 14 of her team-high 23 points in the first half.
• A cold-shooting first half — 6 of 25 (24 percent) from the floor, including 1 of 11 from three-point range — sent Evergreen State to a 58-49 loss to Eastern Oregon in Olympia. Dalia Gomez had a game-high 17 points for the Geoducks (6-8).
• Northwest (7-10, 3-3 Cascade Collegiate Conference) couldn’t recover from an 11-2 Albertson run at the end of the first half, and the Eagles fell 67-63 in Kirkland. Northwest was led by Emilee Eisinger’s 24 points and 11 rebounds.
Eric Blum and Matthias Joggi scored power-play goals in the third period to help Switzerland rally for a 2-2 tie with the United States in the world junior hockey championship in Vancouver, B.C.
Bobby Ryan and Geoff Paukovich had first-period goals for the United States (2-0-1), which must beat Canada (3-0) tonight to win Group A.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources. The Associated Press also contributed to this report.