Feb. 22, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
DOUG PACEY, THE BELLINGHAM HERALD
The Western Washington University men's basketball team fell 10 spots on Tuesday to its lowest national ranking this season.
The Vikings, which lost at Seattle Pacific University and Northwest Nazarene University last week, are No. 12 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches NCAA Division II poll.
Western (19-4, 11-3 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) will attempt to climb back up the standings when it hosts Humboldt State University at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Carver Gym. The Lumberjacks defeated the Vikings 108-97 in January.
Western has lost three of its last seven games after starting 15-1.
Seattle Pacific fell eight spots to No. 16. The Falcons beat the Vikings on Thursday, but lost 98-87 to Central Washington University on Saturday at home.
Fort Hays State of Kansas remained No. 1 for the second straight week. Delta State, Virginia Union, St. Joseph's and Montevallo round out the top five.
REGIONAL SITE UP IN AIR
After the Vikings lost at SPU, the West Region rankings appeared to be headed for a shakeup - Western is No. 1 and the Falcons are No. 2.
But when the Vikings and SPU both lost on Saturday, it's anyone's guess as to who will be on top when the rankings are released today.
Trailing both schools in the poll are Sonoma State (15-7), Cal State Bakersfield (18-5) and Chaminade (16-8). Last week, Bakersfield, ranked No. 25 nationally, was the only school to win both of its games, including a 63-50 victory against Sonoma State.
The top-ranked team at the end of the regular season will host the West Region tournament, whose winner will advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.
Eight Viking seniors could be playing their last games at Carver Gym this week. Starters Tyler Amaya, Ryan Diggs, Grant Dykstra, Kyle Jackson and Tyler MacMullen, along with reserves Rob Primozich, Preston Vermeulen and Darrell Visser will be honored before tip-off of Thursday's game.
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