The Falcons suffered their first conference loss, 70-66.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Senior guard John Allen scored a game-high 25 points and Western Washington closed with a huge run in defeating Montana State-Billings, 95-80, on Saturday.
The No. 5 Vikings improved to 12-0, 3-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action. It was their 18th straight victory over the last two seasons, matching the longest in league history.
MSUB, which handed the Vikings their last loss in the semifinals of the GNAC tournament in March, fell to 8-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play. David Arnold led the Yellowjackets with 24 points, and Jarrell Crayton had 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.
With MSUB ahead by one, 73-72, with 7:41 remaining, the Vikings responded with 20 straight points in closing with a 23-7 run.
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WWU reserve guard Rico Wilkins had seven points during that stretch and finished with 15 points and a game-high five steals.
Other men’s basketball
Reserve center Cory Hutsen had a career-high 17 points for No. 7 Seattle Pacific in an 86-69 win over visiting Simon Fraser.
• Eastern Washington blew a 15-point second-half lead and fell in overtime, 70-68, at Montana State.
• Michael Greene had 20 points and 13 rebounds for Northwest in a 78-65 win over Concordia.
• Central Washington beat No. 25 Alaska Anchorage at home, 81-72.
Eastern Washington suffered a 73-60 loss to visiting Montana State.
• Seattle Pacific suffered its first conference loss with a 70-66 defeat at Saint Martin’s.
• Northwest fell at home to Concordia, which earned its first conference win of the year, 81-68, over the Eagles.
• Central Washington fell, 76-71, at Northwest Nazarene.
UW senior Chris Williams led a Team USA surge in the third round of the Copa de las Americas on Saturday in Miami.
Williams, the world’s No. 1-ranked amateur, shot a 2-under 70 and teammate Erynne Lee of Silverdale shot a 71 to boost the United States into a second-place tie with Mexico at 24-over 888, five shots behind the Canadians, who lead with one round to go.
From sports-information reports.