March 10, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Two upset winners at conference tournaments kept the Western Washington University men's basketball team from being in the eight-team field of the NCAA Division II West Regional that was announced Sunday night.
The Vikings, who finished 20-8, missed out on an automatic berth with a 65-62 loss to Seattle Pacific in the championship game of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament.
Despite the loss, it still looked as though WWU, which had won the last two regional titles, would make a third straight appearance. The Vikings were ranked seventh in last week's regional ranking and had rolled to a 73-52 victory over Alaska Fairbanks in a GNAC tourney semifinal.
But two teams not ranked among the top eight regionally, Cal State Stanislaus in the California Collegiate Athletic Association and Chaminade in the Pacific West Conference, were upset winners of their respective tournaments. That earned them automatic berths and effectively knocked WWU out.
Cal State San Bernardino will host the regional on March 14-15 and 17. Also participating, besides Seattle Pacific, Cal State Stanislaus and Chaminade, are Cal Poly Pomona, Chico State, Cal Baptist and Dixie State.
WWU split its final four games, but the losses were by one point in overtime and by three points in each of the other three setbacks.
Four of the Vikings' eight losses were to teams ranked among the top 25 nationally. And, while opening the season with eight wins, WWU knocked of nationally No.1-ranked Metro State, 72-69.
Unlike the past two seasons when WWU won the NCAA II national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013, the Vikings had to deal with injuries to three starters.
WWU will lose three starters to graduation. They include two first-team GNAC all-stars - guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) and center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) - and guard Robert Harris, Jr. (Sr., Kent/Rainier Beach).
Brad Wallace Nominated for Hometown Awards
WWU outgoing guard is up for the Thurston County Sports Star of the Year
Men's Hoops Inks Versatile Forward KJ Bosco from Portland CC
Bosco averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 60 career games at Portland Community College
Basketball Signs Kentwood Guard D'Angelo Minnis
Minnis averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game during his senior season
Men's Hoops Inks Jalen Green out of Lindbergh High School
Green averaged 26.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.4 blocks per game as a senior
Men's Hoops Adds Guard Tucker Eenigenburg to Program
Tucker Eenigenburg out of Bakersfield College signs with WWU men's basketball
Cameron Retherford Signs with WWU Men's Basketball
Rutherford averaged 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season at Portland Community College
Siaan Rojas to Play in South American Games
WWU senior-to-be Siaan Rojas will play for Colombia in the South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Men's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Team Awards
Head coach Tony Dominguez hands out team awards at 2017-18 team banquet
Local High Schools Tap Into Viking Hoops Family For Head Coach Jobs
Three local high schools tab head coaches with connections to WWU Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball 2017-18 Season in Review
Vikings finish eighth 20-win season in last 10 years at 21-8
Daulton Hommes Named NABC All-West Region Second Team
Hommes adds to awards resume from stellar sophomore season in which he averaged 18.1 points per game
Daulton Hommes Named Second Team All-West Region
Hommes led the Vikings averaging 18.1 points per game, scoring in double-digits in 28 of 29 games
Vikings Drop GNAC Semifinal Game to Saint Martin's 69-68
SMU's Luke Chavez hit the game-winning basket with 2.6 seconds left to give the Saints the win
Vikings Set to Defend GNAC Championships Title
WWU opens postseason play Friday in GNAC Semifinal against Saint Martin's or Central Washington
Three Vikings Named to GNAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team
Hommes and Drechsel named First Team All-GNAC, Dickson named Second Team All-GNAC