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SEATTLE (Mar. 13) Spurred on its
reserves, Seattle Pacific University became the first men's
basketball team to punch its ticket to the NCAA Division II Elite
Jared Moultrie looks inside
as Ryan Diggs of Western looks on. Photo courtesy Frank
MacDonald, SPU Sports Information Office
Getting 24 points off the bench from Mike
Bushmaker (Sr., 6-7, Yakima, Wa./Eisenhower) and a crucial
three-pointer in the final minute by Jared Moultrie, the
10th-ranked Falcons won the West Regional championship by beating
No. 16 Western Washington 81-77 before a near-capacity crowd at
Brougham Pavilion Monday night.
SPU (25-5) will be making its third trip to the
national quarterfinal stage and will meet the South winner Mar. 22
in Springfield, Mass.
After losing a 10-point lead, Seattle Pacific
took the lead once and for all, 76-73, on Moultrie's (Jr., 6-2,
West Point, Ut.) trey with 52 seconds remaining.
The Vikings (23-7) cut it to 73-72 on a driving
dunk by Tyler Amaya with 38 seconds left and another basket by
Tyler MacMullen with :20 showing, but the Falcons answered by
making five of six free throws.
MacMullen paced WWU with 24 points and 12
rebounds and Ryan Diggs added 15.
Seattle Pacific center Robbie Will (So., 6-10,
Seattle, Wa./O'Dea) was voted the tournament's most outstanding
player, Joining him on the all-tournament team were teammates
Bushmaker and Tony Binetti (Sr., 6-1, Enumclaw, Wa.), plus
Western's Diggs and Grant Dykstra.
The Falcons appeared in control after forging a
71-61 advantage with 5:39 to go. Chad Williams (Sr., 6-8,
Burlington, Wa.) scored six unanswered points, the last on a
MacMullen came right back, scoring five of the
Vikings' 10 straight to knot the score at 71-all. Two possessions
later and with the shot clock winding down, Dustin Bremerman found
Moultrie wide open on the left side for a 21-footer.
"Jared's shot was big and we got
a couple big rebounds," said SPU coach Jeff Hironaka. "Western
is such an explosive team; they're a good team and they had a
couple guys step up."
Moultrie finished with eight points and the
Falcon reserves accounted for 34 points to 14 for their
"I told our team that the team
which defends would be the one which will come out on top,"
The Falcons held Western to 42-percent shooting
Diggs and Dykstra, who combine to average over 42 points per game,
were held to a combined 22 and 6-24 shooting.
The Falcons overcame early foul trouble to
Binetti and Will to still hold a halftime lead. Both players
picked up their second personal in the first seven minutes. Will
eventually fouled out after playing only 11 minutes and scoring 11
The Vikings took a lead but then saw Bushmaker
push SPU back in front. He hit back-to-back three-pointers and
scored 13 points.
Seattle Pacific, which had lost its last four
games when shooting under 50 percent, finished at 47.7 (27-57),
but made 20-25 free throws and out-rebounded WWU 39-35.
Montevallo (Al.) and Arkansas-Monticello play
Tuesday night for the South title. SPU last went to the Elite
Eight in 2000, advancing to the Final Four, the program's best
SEATTLE PACIFIC 81, WESTERN WASHINGTON 77
WESTERN WASHINGTON (23-7) MacMullen,Tyler 9-13 6-8 24;
Diggs,Ryan 4-15 6-7 15; Amaya,Tyler 3-9 2-3 9; Jackson,Kyle 3-6
0-0 8; Dykstra,Grant 2-9 1-2 7; Vermeulen,Preston 2-6 0-1 6;
Henne,Lukas 2-2 0-1 4; Weisner,Brett 2-3 0-0 4; Schell,Calin 0-0
0-0 0; Visser,Darrell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 15-22 77.
SEATTLE PACIFIC (25-5) Bushmaker,Mike 8-13 5-8 24;
Williams,Chad 3-9 7-7 13; Will,Robbie 5-9 1-1 11; Bremerman,Dustin
3-9 3-4 10; Matzen,Drew 4-6 0-0 9; Moultrie,Jared 2-5 2-2 8;
Binetti,Tony 1-5 2-2 4; Lynch,Brian 1-1 0-0 2; Gabelein,Tim 0-0
0-1 0; Knudson,Jeff 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-57 20-25 81.
Halftime-SPU 43, WWU 40. 3-point goals-WWU 8-20 (Dykstra,Grant
2-6; Jackson,Kyle 2-5; Vermeulen,Preston 2-2; Diggs,Ryan 1-4;
Amaya,Tyler 1-2; Weisner,Brett 0-1), SPU 7-12 (Bushmaker,Mike 3-4;
Moultrie,Jared 2-2; Bremerman,Dustin 1-4; Matzen,Drew 1-2). Fouled
out--WWU-MacMullen,Tyler, SPU-Will,Robbie. Rebounds-WWU 35
(MacMullen,Tyler 12), SPU 39 (Bushmaker,Mike 9). Assists-WWU 16
(Diggs,Ryan 4), SPU 19 (Bremerman,Dustin 7). Total fouls-WWU 23,
SPU 21. A-2308 NCAA Division II Men's Basketball West Region Final
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