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Patrick Simon scored 20 points Thursday, leading the 18th-ranked Seattle Pacific men to a 73-57 victory over Western Oregon in the semifinal round of Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s tournament at St. Martin’s in Lacey.

The top-seeded Falcons (25-5) advanced to Saturday’s championship game against second-seeded Western Washington (20-7). The Vikings defeated Alaska Fairbanks in the other semifinal.

Simon nailed 4 of 5 shots from three-point range during the first half.

David Downs, the GNAC Player of the Year, contributed 18 points and five assists for the Falcons, who also got 11 points from Mitch Penner and 10 from Riley Stockton.

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Washington (7-4-1) pounded out 11 hits en route to a 6-4 win over host Santa Clara (6-8) in the first game of the Jack Gifford Memorial tournament. The victory extended the Huskies’ winning streak to four games.

Eight of the nine Huskies starters had at least one hit to help Jared Fisher (1-1) tally his first victory this season. The junior right-hander went six innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and four walks, while striking out five.

Erik Forione and Braden Bishop drove in two runs each for the Huskies.


Whitney Jones hit her first career grand slam in the first inning as sixth-ranked Washington (17-2) beat No. 5 Michigan 7-1 at the Judi Garman Classic in Fullerton, Calif. It was the Huskies’ fourth win this season over a ranked team.

Bryana Walker (11-1) allowed one run and struck out five, earning her eighth complete-game victory in 13 appearances this season.

Men’s basketball

Forward Jeffrey Parker scored 21 points as Western Washington beat Alaska Fairbanks 73-52. Forward Joey Schreiber scored 14 points and point guard Robert Harris Jr. added 10 for the Vikings. WWU guard Richard Woodworth, a first-team GNAC all-star, suffered an injury to his right knee and did not return to action.

Women’s basketball

Host Idaho State (12-16, 10-9 Big Sky) drubbed Eastern Washington 86-62.

Melissa Williams finished with a career-high 23 points for the Eagles (15-13, 11-8).

From sports-information reports.

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