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).
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
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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
Men's Hoops is No. 2 Seed in GNAC Championships
Vikings open the postseason Friday at 1 pm PT vs. winner of Saint Martin's/Central Washington game
Vikings Cap Regular Season With 92-81 Win at Concordia
Vikings finish the regular season with 21-7 overall record and in 2nd place in the GNAC at 16-4
Vikings Fall to No. 4 Western Oregon 89-73
Daulton Hommes scores game-high 21 points while going 11-for-12 from the free throw line
Trey Drechsel Earns Academic All-District Honor
Drechsel honored for academic excellence with cumulative 3.53 GPA as a Business Management major
Men's Hoops Closes Out Regular Season in Oregon
Vikings take 5-game winning streak into final week of the regular season
Defensive Vikings Shut Down Alaska Fairbanks 70-60
WWU records fourth consecutive win to reach 20 victories for the sixth time in last seven seasons
WWU and Bellingham Selected as Host for 2019 GNAC Basketball Championships
WECU Court at Carver Gym will host the 2019 GNAC Basketball Championships March 7-9, 2019
Second-Half Surge Lifts Vikings to 66-56 Win Over UAA
Deandre Dickson leads the way with 17-point, 7-rebound performance
Trio of Vikings Named GNAC All-Academic
Trevor Jasinsky, Trey Drechsel and Daulton Hommes honored by conference for academic performance
Men's Basketball to Hold Reunion for 1987-88 Team
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