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David Downs scored17 of his 28 points inthe first half Thursday as 15th-ranked Seattle Pacific men surged ahead early en route to an 89-79 Great Northwest Athletic Conference basketball victory over Simon Fraser at Brougham Pavilion.

The first place Falcons (21-4, 12-2) extended their winning streak to 10 games and increased their lead in the standings as second-place Western Washington fell to 10-3 after losing 102-101 in overtime at Montana State Billings. The No. 24 Vikings visit SPU on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

For the game, Downs shot 9 of 14 from the field, including 6 of 8 on three-pointers.


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• Center Austin Hudson scored six points in overtime to lead Montana State Billings past Western (16-5), which lost despite 26 points and eight assists by guard Richard Woodworth, whose layup with two seconds left forced OT. WWU’s Forward Jeffrey Parker added 23 points and 10 rebounds.

• Host Central Washington (11-10, 7-6) lost 96-89 to Alaska Anchorage despite 28 points — 18 from the foul line — from Mark McLaughlin, who leads the nation with a 27.5 scoring mark.


• Guard Jenni White had game highs of 17 points and nine assists as host Western Washington defeated Saint Martin’s 69-52, improving the Vikings to 14-8, 10-4 in GNAC play with their third win in a row.

Katie Benson scored 20 points, 14 in the first half, and Suzanna Ohlsen added 13, all in the second half, leading Seattle Pacific (15-6, 8-5 GNAC) past visiting Central Washington, 68-47. Courtney Johnson led Central (6-17, 1-13) with 12 points.

• Eastern Washington won at Sacramento State, 79-73.

From sports-information reports.

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