Rob Will scored 19 points on near-perfect marksmanship to propel the Seattle Pacific men's basketball team past Seattle University 98-74...
Rob Will scored 19 points on near-perfect marksmanship to propel the Seattle Pacific men’s basketball team past Seattle University 98-74 and into first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference on Saturday at Brougham Pavilion.
Connecting on 36 of 52 shots (69 percent), the Falcons (14-7, 7-3) won their 13th straight at home and moved a game up on Saint Martin’s, which lost 93-76 at Alaska Anchorage, in the conference standings. Will was 6 of 7 from the field and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line.
The Redhawks (12-7, 4-4) managed to reduce a 25-point deficit to 13 midway through the second period, but they got no closer. Ryan Webb led Seattle U. with 19 points.
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Lance Den Boer had 12 points and Central Washington (10-10, 5-4 GNAC) shot 62 percent (31 of 50) from the field in routing Northwest Nazarene 83-53 in Ellensburg.
â€¢ Taylor Marsh had 20 points and Puget Sound (16-4, 9-3 Northwest Conference) led from start to finish in a 85-79 win over Pacific Tacoma.
â€¢ Marcus Whittaker had 26 points and Adam Moore 22 to help Evergreen State (8-18, 4-11 Cascade Collegiate Conference) escape Corban 94-93 in double overtime in Salem, Ore.
Kelsey Hill scored eight of her career-high 21 points in the final 11 minutes as Seattle Pacific pulled away from cross-city rival Seattle University 68-59 at packed Brougham Pavilion.
The Falcons (14-5, 7-1 GNAC) trailed by two points with 13:15 left, but Jessie Menkens buried a three-pointer to give the Falcons the lead for good. Hill followed with the team’s next six points to put SPU on top 54-49 with 8:26 remaining.
Laina Sobczak led four Redhawks (15-5, 6-3) in double figures with 12 points.
â€¢ Allison Craven had a game-high 18 points to lead Puget Sound (17-4, 10-2 NWC) past Pacific 62-36 in Tacoma.
â€¢ Central Washington dropped its fourth straight game, 72-61 to Northwest Nazarene in Ellensburg. Ashley Fenimore led the Wildcats (13-7, 3-6 GNAC) with 13 points.
â€¢ Jennifer Solberg had a team-high 15 points for Evergreen State (4-21, 2-13 CCC), which fell 66-52 to Corban in Salem, Ore.
Gonzaga pulled out a 4-3 victory over Montana in Cheney, the Zags’ first victory of the spring.
â€¢ Eastern Washington won its third straight match, 5-2 over UC Davis in Cheney.
Sacramento State took advantage of a depleted Washington team and won 4-3 at the Nordstrom Tennis Center. The Huskies had just six healthy bodies for the match, with Mathilde Cor (illness), Morgan Ramser (illness) and Aleksandra Malovic (eligibility) all sidelined.
Allison Rainey was a bright spot for the Huskies (0-3), winning 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles for her seventh consecutive victory.
â€¢ Washington State (5-1) split a doubleheader in Pullman, falling 4-3 to Nevada, then sweeping Idaho 7-0 in the nightcap.
Track and field
Washington State’s McKenzie Garberg threw an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 50 feet, 1 ¼ inches in the women’s shot put, finishing second at the Husker Invitational in Lincoln, Neb.
The Cougars’ distance medley relay team of Lisa Egami, Selena Galaviz, Sara Trané and Haley Paul won with the second-fastest time in school history — 11 minutes, 48.50 seconds.
Central Washington rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, taking the lead in the sixth inning and scoring three insurance runs in the seventh, to defeat Puget Sound 7-3 in the season opener for both teams in Tacoma.
â€¢ Aaron McGuinness and Evan Wells each recorded multiple hits, but it wasn’t enough as Gonzaga (0-2) fell to No. 27 Arizona 10-3 in Tucson.
Seattle University split a doubleheader in Turlock, Calif., falling 1-0 in extra innings to fourth-ranked Humboldt State, then defeating Grand Canyon 3-2 on the second day of the Best of the West Tournament.
Compiled from sports-information reports and other sources.