Robbie Will scored inside with seven seconds left to push the Seattle Pacific men's basketball team past Cal State Dominguez Hills, 70-68...
LOS ANGELES — Robbie Will scored inside with seven seconds left to push the Seattle Pacific men’s basketball team past Cal State Dominguez Hills, 70-68, in the first round of the Cal State Los Angeles Thanksgiving Classic Friday.
Will finished with 15 points to lead the Falcons (3-0), who hung on after squandering a double-digit advantage in the second half.
After the Toros (0-2) tied the game with 41 seconds to go, SPU called timeout, then nearly exhausted the shot clock before Tony Binetti found Will for a layup.
The Falcons led by as many as 16 early in the second half before the Toros began to pull closer. A 16-6 burst enabled Dominguez to pull even at 64-all with 4:23 remaining.
Seattle Pacific, which never trailed after the first 10 minutes, twice more took the lead on baskets by Binetti and Drew Matzen.
Dominguez’s Mario Malave led all players with 25 points.
The Falcons face host Cal State Los Angeles, an 83-74 winner of Central Washington on Friday, in today’s tournament final.
Other men’s basketball
Ryan Diggs had 31 points and was 19 for 19 from the free-throw line as Western Washington, ranked fourth in Division II, defeated Sonoma State 97-90 in first-day action at the WWU/Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic in Bellingham.
Diggs, who set a school record for free throws in a game without a miss, led five Vikings (2-1) in double figures. Sonoma State (0-2) was led by the 20 points and six rebounds of forward J.T. Tipton.
• Warner Pacific (6-0) got double-digit scoring from all five starters to knock off Puget Sound (1-1) 100-93 in a nonconference game in Tacoma. The Loggers (1-1) were led by the 19 points of senior forward Zack McVey.
• Saint Martin’s Jake Linton came off the bench to score 15 points, including a pair of go-ahead free throws with 24.4 seconds left, to lift the Saints (2-2) to a 65-63 victory over Colorado School of Mines in the WWU/Chuck Randall Classic.
Senior guard Kelly Dykstra scored a game-high 18 points to lead a balanced attack as Western Washington rolled to a season-opening, 88-44 victory over Northwest University in first-day action at the WWU/Lynda Goodrich Classic in Bellingham.
• Central Washington (3-0) rolled to a 71-63 victory over Cal State Monterey Bay (0-2) in first-day action at the Wildcat Classic in Ellensburg. Laura Wright led the Wildcats (3-0) with 18 points. Britnea Moore had 15 points for Monterey Bay.
• Ashley Payne scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from three-point range for Seattle University, but it was not enough as Colorado State-Pueblo knocked off the Redhawks 70-60 in the Wildcat Classic. Both teams shot 40 percent from the field (22 of 55), but the Thunderwolves went to the line 16 more times than Seattle (0-3) and converted 11 more free throws for the difference.
• Saint Martin’s (1-1) ran off 19 consecutive points in the second half, erasing a halftime deficit on the way to defeating Grand Canyon 65-56 in the WWU/Lynda Goodrich Classic.
Jeffrey Johnson scored with 15 minutes to play to lift Gustavus Adolphus to a 2-1 victory over Whitworth in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III tournament in Greensboro, N.C.
The Pirates concluded their best-ever season at 19-2-1, setting school records for total victories and winning percentage (.886). The Gusties (17-2-5) advanced to play defending national champion Messiah College (Pa.) in today’s championship game.
Megan Rapinoe had two goals and an assist and top-ranked Portland defeated No. 5 Notre Dame (22-3-0) 3-1 in the NCAA Division I quarterfinals. The host Pilots (22-0-1) advance to play Penn State in the College Cup Dec. 2 in College Station, Texas.
• Defenseman Taylor Graham, who helped the Seattle Sounders to the 2005 United Soccer League First Division championship, was traded by the MetroStars of Major League Soccer to the Kansas City Wizards for a 2006 third-round draft pick.
• Seattle Pacific will induct four former Falcons into its Legends Hall of Fame in January: basketball great Jim Ballard (1970-73); volleyball and basketball record-holder Tosca Lindberg (1989-93); tennis coach Wes Lingren; and Olympic team rower John Terwilliger (1977-81). Also, the late George Cottrill, founding member of the Falcon Club booster organization, will receive the third Lifetime Achievement Award. The ceremonies will be held Jan. 27.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.