The Road to the 2012 National Championship

WWU 72, Montevallo 65 - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Western Washington University is the 2012 NCAA Division II men's basketball national champion.

The Vikings defeated Montevallo, Ala., 72-65, in the championship of the NCAA II Elite Eight on Saturday in a nationally televised contest at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of host Northern Kentucky University.

Guard John Allen (Jr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) led five WWU players in double figures with 14 points.

"I'm very proud of our players, very excited for them," said WWU coach Brad Jackson (27th year). "They've worked very hard, they've maintained their focus throughout the year. They came here believing they could accomplish this." Continue reading...


WWU 71, Stonehill 66 - Final Four - NCAA Semifinals

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Western Washington University opened up a 20-point lead then survived a late rally to defeat Stonehill College, 71-66, in a semifinal game of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight on Thursday at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of host Northern Kentucky University.

The Vikings, ranked No.12 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA II Top 25 Poll, improved to 30-5 and advance to their first-ever national championship game, facing the winner of the semifinal between No. 4 Bellarmine, Ky., and No. 22 Montevallo, Ala., on Saturday at 10 a.m. PDT. Saturday's championship contest will be televised on CBS.

An average audience of 3.1 million people has watched the NCAA II Championship in recent years.

Forward Rory Blanche (Sr., Ashland, OR) led Western with 16 points on 7-of-10 field goal shooting. Continue reading...


WWU 64, Midwestern St. 63 - Elite Eight - NCAA Quarterfinals

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. -- Western Washington University overcame going scoreless for more than six minutes to start the game and rallied for a 64-63 victory over Midwestern State University in a quarterfinal round game of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Elite Eight on Wednesday at The Bank of Kentucky Center on the campus of host Northern Kentucky University.

The Vikings, ranked No.12 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA II Top 25 Poll, improved to 29-5 with the triumph and advance to face Stonehill College, Mass., in the national semifinals at 4 p.m. PDT Thursday. It matches Western's deepest ever run in the national tournament, as it also reached the semifinals in 2001.

Forward Rory Blanche (Sr., Ashland, OR) led WWU with 15 points, 13 of them in the second half. Continue reading...


WWU 56, Seattle Pacific 50 - Third Round - NCAA West Regional Finals

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Guard John Allen (Jr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) scored a game-high 16 points and was named regional tournament MVP as Western Washington University defeated Seattle Pacific University, 56-50, in the West Regional championship game of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The top-seeded Vikings improved to 28-5 and advance to the NCAA II Elite Eight for the first time since 2001.

WWU held a 30-23 lead at halftime, but SPU opened the second half with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 32-32 just 2:07 into the period. However, fastbreak layins by Blanche and Allen triggered a 14-4 run, and the Vikings opened up a 46-36 lead with 10:23 left, the biggest margin of the game. Continue reading...


WWU 74, Chico State 65 - Second Round - NCAA West Regional

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Forwards Rory Blanche (Sr., Ashland, OR) and Zach Henifin (Sr., Bellingham) combined for 25 of their 34 points in the second half to lead top-seeded Western Washington University to a 74-65 win over fifth-seed Chico State Saturday in the second semifinal game of the NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Regional Tournament at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the campus of host Western Washington University.

The nationally 12th-ranked Vikings, who improved to 27-5, will play third-seeded Seattle Pacific (23-7) in Monday’s championship game at 7 p.m. Seattle Pacific advanced with an 80-66 win over second-seeded Alaska Anchorage in Saturday’s first semifinal.

Blanche scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half and Henifin had 10 of his 17 after the intermission. WWU also got 13 points from John Allen (Jr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) and 11 from Richard Woodworth (So., Bellevue/Newport). Continue reading...


WWU 79, Grand Canyon 73 - First Round - NCAA West Regional

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Guard John Allen (Jr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) scored 15 of his game-high 24 points in the first half as Western Washington University built a 25-point lead, but the Vikings had to hold off a furious comeback from Grand Canyon University in the second half before earning a 79-73 win in the final game of Friday's first round of the West Regional of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the campus of host Western Washington University.

The Vikings (26-5), the No.1 seed in the West Region, will play No. 5 seed Chico State (25-7) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the second semifinal game. Second-seed Alaska Anchorage (22-6) meets third-seed Seattle Pacific (22-7) in the first semifinal game at 5 p.m.

"It's the NCAA Tournament and everything is heightened certainly," said WWU head coach Brad Jackson (27th year). "It was a good team win and it was really nice to fight through the second half and obviously we are pleased with the outcome." Continue reading...