THURSDAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL/Cavaliers men drop Great Northwest Athletic Conference opener at Western Washington


CONCORDIA 59, Seattle Pacific 57

The Cavaliers opened Great Northwest Athletic Conference play with a defensive-minded victory over a team ranked 13th in NCAA Division II poll.

Seattle Pacific, which fell to 5-1 for the season, was held to 30.8-percent field goal shooting. The Falcons were 2 of 21 (9.5 percent) from behind the 3-point line.

Concordia, 5-2 overall and on a three-game win streak, hit 42.3 percent at LCEF Court.

The Falcons' last lead was 27-26 with 2:35 left in the second quarter.

Concordia's biggest lead, nine points, came midway through the third quarter.

Danielle Hartzog led the Cavaliers with 15 points. Erin Higbie had 10 points and six rebounds, and Keesha Sarman had 10 points and eight rebounds. Bailey Cartwright had four of Concordia's seven blocks to go with seven points and nine rebounds.

The Falcons led in second-chance points, 17-5, in points in the paint, 30-22, and in points off turnovers, 15-8.

The Cavs will play host to GNAC opponent Saint Martin's at 2 p.m. Saturday.



PORTLAND 112, Multnomah 65

The Cavaliers began their GNAC season with a loss to the Vikings in Bellingham, Washington.

Concordia was averaging 78 points per game and giving up 82.

WWU built a 27-point lead late in the second half behind Trey Drechsel, who scored a game-high 32 points and led the game in rebounds with 17.

Christopher Edward's 21 points paced the Cavs.

Western Washington shot 57.6 percent from the floor. Concordia made 39.4 percent.

Concordia, 4-4 overall, next plays at 7 p.m. Saturday at league foe Simon Fraser in Burnaby, British Columbia.

Western Washington improved to 4-2.

• The Pilots reached 100 points for the first time in nearly three years for the win over NAIA Division II Multnomah.

Sophomore guard Franklin Porter led UP with 21 points and eight rebounds.

Portland (3-4) had all 10 active players score, with four in double figures for points. Senior center Philipp Hartwich had 12 points and 10 rebounds in 16 minutes. Sophomore guard Josh McSwiggan scored 18 points. Freshman guard Marcus Shaver Jr. added 17.

The Pilots will be at Boise State (6-1) at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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