Western loses 80-77 at Seattle U. despite game-high 27 points by Mike Palm

Mike Palm

Feb. 27, 2003

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SEATTLE, Wash. - Center Mike Palm (Sr., Puyallup/Rogers) had a game-high 27 points and moved into the top three among the school's career point leaders, but it wasn't enough as Western Washington University fell 80-77 to Seattle University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Thursday at Connolly Center.

The Vikings, who fell to 13-11 overall and 7-8 league, had a chance to tie at the buzzer, but a 3-point shot by Ryan Diggs (Fr., Victorville, CA/Silverado), who came off the bench with 13 points, bounced off the back rim.

Seattle, which improved to 16-8 overall and 9-6 league, had six players score double figures - led by forward Darnell Lyons with 16 points, 13 in the second half. Eddie Lincoln and Andy Bloom each had 14 points for the Redhawks, Bryan Peterson added 12 and Nic Lano and Jeffrey McDaniel had 10 apiece. McDaniel also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Trailing by four points, 78-74, Western's Jason Burrell (Ontario, CA) made two free throws with 8.7 seconds remaining. After the Redhawks failed to inbounds the ball, Palm was fouled and hit one of two free throws with 7.6 ticks left to bring the Vikings within one, 78-77. Seattle's Lyons then made one of two free throws with 4.6 seconds remaining for the final score.

"It's very frustrating," said Western coach Brad Jackson. "Our kids battled and had a chance at the end, and that's all you can ask for."

Forward Maurice Tyree (So., Sacramento, CA/Jesuit) had 19 points on 8-of-10 field goal shooting and grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds for the Vikings. Palm was 11-of-21 from the floor and had nine rebounds, and Burrell scored 11 points, all on free throws (11-of-14).

Western used a 13-1 run to go up by 10 points, 15-5, 5:30 into the game and led by as many as 11, 25-14, with 8:43 left in the first half as Palm scored his 15th point. Seattle cut the Vikings' lead to one, 37-36, at halftime as Peterson scored 12 points in the final 6:24.

The Redhawks were up by eight points, 51-43, with 14:27 left in the game. Western responded with a 20-6 run, Tyree scorng eight points, to go ahead by six, 63-57, with 8:41 remaining. But Seattle battled back and took the lead for good, 70-67, on a 3-point play by Lano with 4:09 left.

With his first basket four minutes into the game, Palm moved into third place among Western's career scoring leaders, tying Harold Doyal (1,571, 1991-95) and became the only Viking ranked among the top 3 in points (1,596), rebounds (835) and blocked shots (155). Palm needs 28 points to move into second place at 1,624 with Manny Kimmie (1986-90).

Of Western's 11 losses this season, 10 have been by less than 10 points and the Vikings' last three setbacks have all been by three or fewer points.

Seattle, which is 8-3 at home, had a 40-31 rebound advantage, 23-14 in the second half. The Redhawks shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the field to Western's 42.6 percent (26-of-61). The Vikings shot just 38.7 percent (12-of-31) in the second half, missing all eight of their 3-pointers, while the Redhawks hit 55.2 percent (16-of-29).

Western travels to Northwest Nazarene University on Saturday (6 p.m. PT) for a GNAC counter.