Wall's 21 points, Downs' double-double carry Seattle Pacific past Grand Canyon
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- David Downs posted a 20-point, 12-assist double-double Friday, leading Seattle Pacific to an 85-59 victory drubbing of Grand Canyon in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Carver Gymnasium.
He factored into 56 points as four of his assists led to three points for SPU, which won its 10th consecutive game.
Grand Canyon completed its season with a 23-8 record. Joshua Lowery was the lone double-digit scorer with 15 points for the Antelopes, who were limited to 37 percent shooting (17 of 46).
SPU countered with 58 percent shooting from the floor (30 of 52), a figure that included 10 of 22 from behind the arc.
Three other players contributed double figures for SPU, including senior Jobi Wall, whose 21 points led all scorers. He made 6 of 9 shots from 3-point range. Cory Hutsen came off the bench for 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting and Patrick Simon added 13 points.
The Falcons outrebounded GCU 36-20, led by sophomore guard Riley Stockton's seven boards.
The Antelopes claimed a 22-19 lead on a layup by Lowery with 7:29 left in the first half. SPU staged a 16-4 surge fueled by seven points and three assists from Downs. His layup with 2:54 left in the first half provided a 35-26 advantage.
Downs compiled 16 points and six assists in the first half, helping the Falcons take a 42-32 lead at intermission.
Braylon Pickrel cut that deficit to 42-35 on a 3-pointer 1:34 into the second half, but GCU never got closer than that rest of the way.
The Falcons are participating in the NCAA tournament for the ninth consecutive season, the longest current streak among Division II teams. They won their opening-round game for the 19th time in 24 all-time playoff appearances.