The Western Washington men's basketball team hit its first 12 shots of the second half on the way to a 110-60 victory over UC Santa Cruz last night at Sam Carver Gymnasium. Western, tied for No...

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BELLINGHAM — The Western Washington men’s basketball team hit its first 12 shots of the second half on the way to a 110-60 victory over UC Santa Cruz last night at Sam Carver Gymnasium.

Western, tied for No.4 in the latest Division II rankings, improved to 8-0, its best start since 1987-88. Forward Craig Roosendaal led Western, which had all 11 players who played score, with 19 points.

Despite missing 18 of its first 24 shots of the game, Western led 42-25 lead at halftime. It then opened the second half by hitting 12 straight shots and 19 of its first 20, including 6 of 7 three-pointers, to open an 89-49 lead.

Division III UC Santa Cruz (0-10) has lost 16 straight games. The Banana Slugs were led by Derek Jones’ 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Seals recovering

Seattle University junior Bernard Seals was recovering at home yesterday, one day after he was taken from the Connolly Center in an ambulance.

Seals suffered a shock to his nervous system during a men’s basketball game Friday night against Warner Pacific. He landed awkwardly, losing feeling in his legs, after going up to try and block a breakaway layup from behind.

X-rays and an MRI were negative, and Seals regained control of his movement after about five hours. It is unclear how long Seals will be sidelined.

Women’s basketball

Seattle Pacific 73, at San Francisco State 50 — Carli Smith had 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead the fifth-ranked Falcons (7-1) to victory in the final game of the CCAA/GNAC Classic.

The Gators (1-7) dropped their seventh straight contest.

Western Washington 80, at Sonoma State 69 — Courtney Clapp scored 30 points and Tina Donahue added 24 as the Vikings (6-1) won in final-day action at the California Collegiate Athletic Association/Great Northwest Athletic Conference Classic.

Sonoma State (0-7) was led by reserve Maribel Ambriz with 19 points.

At Eastern Washington 52, Portland 38 — Despite shooting just 36 percent from the floor, the Eagles (3-3) defeated the Pilots (3-6). Felice Moore led Eastern with 18 points in 27 minutes.

Evergreen State 61, at Pacific Lutheran 56 — The Geoducks (4-4) rode the momentum of a late first-half surge to a win over the Lutes (4-4) in the PLU Women’s Winter Classic. Heather Hyde led Evergreen with 15 points and six rebounds, and the Geoducks’ Dalia Gomez was named tournament MVP.

Linfield 64, Oregon Tech 51 — The Wildcats outscored Oregon Tech (4-5) 36-22 in the second half for the PLU Classic victory. Brandi Loring led Linfield (3-3) with 17 points.

Central Washington 81, at Western New Mexico 72 — Hanna Hull scored 18 points to help the Mustangs (7-0) stay undefeated. Melanie Cleusix matched Hull’s scoring to lead WNMU (3-5).

At Lewis-Clark 69, Whitman 60 — The host Warriors (9-4) dominated the boards and defeated Whitman (5-2) in the championship game of the AmericanWest Bank Classic.


• At the Washington State football team’s season-ending banquet yesterday, receiver Jason Hill was named offensive most valuable player, and linebackers Will Derting and Scott Davis shared defensive honors.

Punter Kyle Basler was named special teams MVP.

• Pacific Lutheran offensive lineman Kent Bailey was part of a United States all-star team that defeated Mexico 23-3 in the Aztec Bowl at Estadio Cancun 86 in Cancun, Mexico.

Compiled from reports by college sports-information directors.