Diggs scores 22 as No.11 Vikings defeat Seattle U., 91-86
Dec. 4, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Ryan Diggs (Jr., Victorville, CA/Silverado) had 22 points, converting a pair of crucial three-point plays in the final two minutes as Western Washington University defeated Seattle University, 91-86, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday afternoon at Sam Carver Gymnasium
Western, ranked No.11 in the latest NABC/NCAA Division II National Coaches Poll, improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in GNAC play.
The Vikings' start matches their best in 17 years as they also won their first seven games in 1993-94.
Seattle, which suffered its third straight loss, fell to 3-3 overall and 0-2 in league action. The Redhawks were led by guard Bernard Seals, who had a game-high 30 points.
The game featured 12 ties and 14 lead changes, and the biggest margin in the game was six points, held by Seattle three times in the second half.
Western had trailed by six, 82-76, after a 3-pointer by Seals with 2:25 left. But a trey by Craig Roosendaal (Sr., Shoreline/King's) pulled Western to within three, 82-79, and with 1:38 to go, Diggs drove the lane, was fouled while making a layin, and hit the free throw to tie the score at 82-82.
Ryan Webb made two free throws with 1:20 left to briefly put the Redhawks back in front, but Diggs struck again, hitting a shot in the lane, getting fouled and hitting the free throw, making him 11-of-11 for the game, to give Western an 85-84 lead with 1:09 to go.
The Vikings never trailed again, as Seattle's Jeff McDaniel missed a pair of free throws, and at the other end Western's Tyler Amaya (Jr., Mount Vernon) got a putback to put Western up by three, 87-84, with 31 seconds left. Seals then missed a game-tying 3-pointer, and two free throws by
Western guard Kyle Jackson (Jr., Bellingham/Sehome) with 10 seconds left essentially put the game out of reach.
"Ryan (Diggs) came up huge late, and we made free throws when we needed to," said Western coach Brad Jackson. "It's the kind of game you need to win, the type that can make or break a season."
Center Tyler MacMullen (Jr., Mukilteo/Kamiak) had 19 points and seven rebounds for Western, forward Grant Dykstra (Jr., Everson/Lynden Christian) had 17 before fouling out, and Roosendaal added 11 points. Jackson had nine points and six assists for the Vikings, who shot 50.0 percent (29-of-58) from the field and committed a season-low seven turnovers. Amaya added seven points and 11 rebounds, with three of those boards in the final minute.
McDaniel had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Redhawks, who had a 39-28 edge in rebounding. Center Scott Rainey also had 11 points, and guard Bim Makinde added 10.
"We've told the team, everybody is going to come in here and give it their best shot," Jackson said. "Seattle played very well, they shot well and rebounded very well. Our mental toughness proved to be pretty significant today."
The Vikings close out their five-game home stand next Saturday (7 p.m.) against UC Santa Cruz (0-8).
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