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Patrick Simon scored seven of his 31 points during the decisive second overtime Saturday for 24th-ranked Seattle Pacific, which defeated Montana State Billings 92-87 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game.

David Downs hit the go-ahead basket for SPU on a layup with 41 seconds left and, following a free throw by MSUB’s Kalob Hatcher, stretched the lead to 90-87 with 30 seconds remaining. Simon sank two free throws with 17 seconds to play to seal the victory.

Downs scored 19 for the Falcons (16-4, 7-2).

Austin Hudson scored 26 to lead MSUB (8-9, 4-5).

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Other Men’s basketball

Mark McLaughlin scored 40 points on 14-of-18 shooting to lead Central Washington (9-8, 5-4 GNAC) to a 96-79 victory over visiting Simon Fraser (8-9, 1-8).

Robert Harris scored a season-high 23 points to lead Western Washington (13-4, 7-2) to a 91-84 victory at Northwest Nazarene (5-12, 3-6). Nazarene’s Kevin Rima scored 34 points on 14-of-15 shooting.

Michael Greene scored 22 points and host Northwest University (15-6, 6-4) earned an 89-82 victory over Northwest Christian (12-8, 6-4).

Women’s basketball

Katie Benson poured in 24 points, and host Seattle Pacific (13-4, 6-3 GNAC) got 17 points apiece from Suzanna Ohlsen and Betsy Kingma to beat Saint Martin’s (11-7, 5-4 GNAC) 78-68.

• After erasing a double-digit deficit in the first half, sophomore Hayley Hodgins’ last-second shot rimmed out as Eastern Washington (8-9, 4-4) fell 62-61 to host Southern Utah (11-6, 5-3) in a Big Sky game.

Ellen Ferrenburg made a layup as time expired to help Northwest Nazarene (11-6, 4-5) to a 66-64 victory at Central Washington (6-11, 1-8) in a GNAC game. Central’s Jessica VanDyke, who scored 23, tied a school record with her 171st career three-pointer.

Sydney Donaldson scored a career-best 22 points to help host Western Washington (11-6, 7-2 GNAC) to a 92-80 victory over Alaska Fairbanks (8-10, 2-7).

• Northwest University (15-8, 7-4 CCC) overcame an 11-point second-half deficit to defeat Northwest Christian 67-65.

Winter sports

Franz Gabl, who won a silver medal in downhill skiing for Austria in the 1948 Winter Olympic Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, died Thursday in Bellingham. He was 92.

Gabl was a longtime ski instructor. He later worked in Seattle as a painting contractor and traveled to numerous international masters competitions during the winter. He kept ties to his home country of Austria and earned several honorary awards in Washington and Austria for his contributions to skiing.


• Former local golf pro Don Kirkpatrick died Friday in Everett. He was 85. Kirkpatrick won the 1970 Washington State PGA Championship and 1980 Pacific Northwest Senior PGA Championship. He was employed at Earlington Golf Course in Renton, Puetz Golf Range in Seattle and Whidbey Golf & Country Club in Oak Harbor.


Travis “My Time” Kauffman defeated “Vicious” Vincent Thompson of Federal Way by unanimous decision in a 10-round heavyweight bout in Bethlehem, Pa. With the win, Kauffman (28-1, 20 KOs) garnered the once-vacant WBA Fedalatin championship. Thompson dropped to 13-2.

• The Seattle University men’s swim team won the 200 freestyle relay for a 131-125 victory over Simon Fraser. Several members of the Seattle U women’s swim team posted personal-best times, but the Redhawks fell to Simon Fraser, 141-120.

• The Seattle University men’s tennis team (1-2) fell to Idaho in a match played in Cheney, 5-2.

From sports-information reports.

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