MacMullen scores 21 points as Western wins 12th straight, 91-78, at Saint Martin's
Jan. 14, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Center Tyler MacMullen (Sr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds as NCAA Division II No.2-ranked Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's University, 91-78, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday at SMU Pavilion.
The Vikings, who moved up one notch in Tuesday's NABC/NCAA II Coaches Poll to their highest regular-season spot in school history, improved to 13-1 overall with their 12th consecutive triumph and remain tied for the GNAC lead with Seattle Pacific at 5-0.
Forward Grant Dykstra (Sr., Everson/Lynden Christian) added 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds for Western, and forward Brett Weisner (So., Spokane/Shadle Park) came off the bench to score 18 points in 22 minutes of play.
Saint Martin's, which suffered its sixth straight loss, fell to 5-10 overall and 0-6 in the GNAC. Forward Niko Nunogawa led the Saints with 23 points and nine rebounds.
MacMullen who had scored just two points in a victory at Seattle U. on Thursday after missing the two previous games with a suspension, returned to form with a vengeance on Saturday, hitting 10-of-12 shots from the field and making his first four shots of the game. The final bucket in that string started a run of 11 straight points that gave Western a 24-14 lead with 11:55 left in the first half.
The Vikings led the rest of the way. Saint Martin's pulled to within four, 25-21, with 9:15 left in the first half, but Western scored the next seven points and eventually held a 52-39 lead at halftime.
Western led by double digits for all but 14 seconds of the second half. The Saints closed the gap to nine, 70-61, on a layin and free throw by Trevor Dunstan with 9:46 left, but never got that close again.
Guard Ryan Diggs (Sr., Victorville, CA/Silverado), the leading scorer in the GNAC at 26.0 points a game, had 14 points for Western, and guard Kyle Jackson (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome) added 10. The Vikings, who are second nationally in field goal percentage, shot 55.4 percent (31-of-56) from the field, and had a 39-23 edge in rebounds.
Forward Stephon Harris had 16 points for Saint Martin's, and guard Jake Linton added 11 points and six assists.
Western's 12-game winning streak is the third-longest in school history and trails only the 14 straight wins that took the Vikings to the NCAA II national semifinals in 2000-01, and the 21 that opened the 1971-72 campaign, a year that ended in the NAIA national quarterfinals.
Diggs became the sixth player in Western history to reach 1,500 career points and finished the night at 1,510. Dykstra, who surpassed that milestone Thursday, ranks fifth on the all-time list with 1,540 points.
The Vikings entertain Northwest Nazarene University in a GNAC contest Thursday (7 p.m.)
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