First playoff game proves upsetting for Seawolves

The sixth-seeded UAA Seawolves lost 84-67 to the third-ranked Chaminade Silverswords at the Royal Brougham Pavilion in Seattle for the opening game of the 2006 NCAA Division II West Regional men’s basketball tournament March 10.

The Pavilion is home to the Seattle Pacific Falcons, who are hosting this year’s West Region Tournament as the number one seed.

“This was one of our goals. We had three goals,” said UAA coach Rusty Osborne. “Win the conference championship, get to regionals, and try and win the national championship.”

The Seawolves played from behind nearly the entire game, their only lead lasting just 15 seconds. However, they cut a halftime deficit of 13 down to a margin of just four or five multiple times in the second half, but the Seawolves were never able to make it any closer than a two-possession game.

UAA had only two players who scored in double digits, with Kemmy Burgess and Joe Davis getting 12 points apiece.

But that was nearly 10 points below Kemmy’s season average of 21.4, and well off his average of over 28 points in the last eight games.

The first-round loss ended the Seawolves season at 19-12 and moved Chaminade on to the second round where they faced Western Washington.

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In the later games March 10, fifth-seeded Cal State Bakersfield provided the only upset of the day, knocking off fourth-seeded Sonoma State 71-65. Second-seeded Western Washington beat seventh-seeded Humboldt State 100-86. The hosts, Seattle Pacific, defeated eighth-seeded Central Washington 86-76.

In the second round March 11, WWU beat Chaminade 101-91 and SPU prevailed against Cal State Bakersfield, winning 81-75.

The wins propelled the two Great Northwest Athletic Conference teams to the Sweet Sixteen, guaranteeing that a GNAC team will make it to the Elite Eight in Springfield, Massachusetts. There a GNAC team will play a winner of the South Regional.

The women’s playoff court

The women’s 2006 NCAA Div. II West Regional tournament is being held in Bellingham, Wash. The tournament is hosted by number-one-seeded Western Washington University.

In their first round, third-seed Cal State Bakersfield beat sixth-ranked Cal State L.A. 82-77. Fifth-seeded Seattle Pacific upset fourth-ranked UC San Diego 62-57, second-seed Chico State defeated seventh-seed Humboldt State 83-69 and WWU beat eighth-seed Northwest Nazarene 66-54.

In a close second-round game that was fought wire to wire, Chico State triumphed with an 83-80 win over Cal State Bakersfield.

In other women’s tournament games, Seattle Pacific battled a deficit of 15 points against Western Washington. Shortly after halftime Seattle Pacific came back with a vengeance, scoring an amazing 50 points in the second half while holding the fourth nationally ranked WWU to merely 19 points.

With that the Falcons achieved an incredible upset, winning 70-50, and advancing them to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face Chico State March 13.

Final Four televised action

The men’s Final Four Games held March 23 will be aired at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. (AST) on CSTV (Dish Network channel 152), with the Championship Game held March 25 at 9 a.m. (AST) on CBS.

The women’s Final Four Games will also be held March 23 and will air on ESPNU at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (AST). The March 25 Championship Game will air live on ESPN2 (Dish Network channel 144) at 1 p.m. (AST).