Forward Tyler Amaya scored a career-high 32 points, 20 of them after halftime, as nationally-ranked Western Washington defeated Alaska-Anchorage...
BELLINGHAM — Forward Tyler Amaya scored a career-high 32 points, 20 of them after halftime, as nationally-ranked Western Washington defeated Alaska-Anchorage 112-106 in overtime in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball opener Thursday night.
It was the eighth straight win for the Vikings, who are ranked No.3 in the latest NABC/NCAA II Coaches Poll and improved to 9-1. Forward Grant Dykstra had 25 points, and guard Ryan Diggs added 20 points and a game-high 10 assists.
Alaska Anchorage fell to 9-4, with two of the losses coming against NCAA Division I USC and South Carolina.
Other men’s games
At Seattle U. 77,
Humboldt State 67
Jeffrey McDaniel scored his 1,000th career point to highlight Seattle University’s victory at the Connolly Center on the opening night of GNAC play.
McDaniel is now just the 33rd player in school history to reach 1,000 career points and joins an elite group of players such as John O’Brien, Elgin Baylor, Jawann Oldham and Clint Richardson.
Seattle (7-2, 1-0 GNAC) was led by David White’s 16 points and Bernard Seals had 13. McDaniel finished with eight points.
At Central Washington 85,
Lance Den Boer scored 30 points to lead the Wildcats to victory in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Chris Bannish scored 19 points and Robert Hicks 17 for Central (1-0, 6-4).
Illlinois Wesleyan 104,
Puget Sound 87
Top-ranked Illinois Wesleyan handed the Loggers their second loss of the season at the Tom Byron Classic in Santa Barbara, Calif.
Puget Sound (7-2) was led by preseason All-American Zack McVey, who had 26 points and 12 rebounds. Chase Curtiss added 24 points, including seven three-pointers.
At Northern Arizona 96,
Pacific Lutheran 59
The Division I Lumberjacks shot 61 percent from the field, including 46 percent from the three-point line, en route to the non-conference victory. Josh Dressler scored 16 points and Josh Vanlandingham 13 to lead PLU (1-9).
Eastern Oregon 69
Aaron Sawyer had 20 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Eagles (2-3, 10-5).
Seattle Pacific 80,
at Central Washington 67
Mandy Wood scored 15 points to lead the Falcons (1-0, 7-3) in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener for both teams. Autumn Fielding scored 13 points and Carli Grant, Jackie Hollands and Kelsey Hill added 10 points apiece. Central’s Jamie Corwin led all scorers with 16 points. Central is 0-1 in league play, 5-3 overall.
At Western Washington 81, Northwest Nazarene 60
Forward Liz McCarrell came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting as the seventh-ranked Vikings (1-0, 8-1) prevailed in the CNAC opener Thursday afternoon.
Mollie Stelmack, making her first start of the season, added 16 points, and Tina Donahue and Kelly Dykstra had 10 points apiece.
Puget Sound 74,
at Cal Lutheran 60
Tournament MVP Sarah Carnahan had 16 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and three steals as the Loggers (9-2) defeated the host Cal Lutheran in the championship game of the Posada Royale Classic. Kilty Keaton, who also scored 16 points for Puget Sound, was also named to the all-tournament team.
At Pacific Lutheran 76,
Montana Tech 41
Kelly Turner scored 16 points and Kezia Long had 12 points and nine rebounds to lead the Lutes (8-1) to the non-conference win.
At Northwest 82,
Eastern Oregon 73 (OT)
Cassie Snyder’s three-point basket as time expired sent the game into overtime, then Northwest University pulled away in the extra session to upset the Mountaineers. Emilee Eisinger had 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Kim Sandberg 20 points and 12 rebounds, to lead the Eagles.