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BILLINGS — Central Washington pulled away in the second quarter and cruised to a 79-68 road win over Montana State Billings Saturday afternoon.

Ellensburg grad Kassidy Malcolm scored 17 of her 19 points, including five straight during a 9-0 run to put the Wildcats ahead 32-21. Kizzah Maltezo came alive in the second half for 18 of her team-high 22 points and Central’s defense held MSU Billings to just 36% shooting from the field for the game.

The Wildcats (1-1 GNAC, 5-3 overall) will continue their four-game road trip next Saturday at Northwest Nazarene. Zillah graduate and leading rebounder Samantha Bowman's expected to return after missing the last two games.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — Kizzah Maltezo 22, Kassidy Malcolm 19, Maeda 8, Heitschmidt 7, Troy 2, Valerie Huerta 14, Bush 3, Sisul 2, Coulter-Fa’amafu 0. 25-49 21-14 79.

MSU BILLINGS — Taryn Shelley 21, Cariann Kunkel 14, Gardner 5, Nelson 5, Zahn 0, Montague 9, Giese 7, Patton 5, Andreas 2, Boyce 0, Reny 0, Williams 0, Five 0. 24-67 11-12 68.

Central Washington 19 24 18 18 — 79

MSU Billings 14 15 21 18 — 68

3-point goals: CWU 8-21 (Malcolm 2-2, Maeda 2-3, Bush 1-1, Huerta 1-2, Maltezo 1-4, Heitschmidt 1-4), MSUB 9-27 (Shelley 3-4, Montague 3-7, Patton 1-1, Gardner 1-4, Giese 1-4). Rebounds: CWU 36 (Heitschmidt 8), MSUB 33 . Assists: CWU 10 (Maltezo 4), MSUB 15 (Zahn 6). Turnovers: CWU 20, MSUB 13. Steals: CWU 6 (Maeda 3), MSUB 7. Fouls: CWU 20, MSUB 22. Fouled out —Bush.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Last-second shot sinks Central

BILLINGS — Malik Brikat's putback on an airball with less than a second left sent Central Washington to a 66-64 loss at Montana State Billings.

Matt Poquette’s halfcourt heave at the buzzer went off the back of the rim, officially ending the Wildcats’ three-game win streak despite 13 points in five minutes down the stretch from David Thompson. He finished with a team-high 22 points for Central (1-1 GNAC, 4-2 overall) in a road environment coach Brandon Rinta said always proves difficult.

"Defensively we had two guys we needed to slow down on their team, and we let them get into too much of a rhythm," Rinta said.

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Damen Thacker scored a game-high 26 points and Carrington Wiggins added 20 for the Yellowjackets, who opened up a nine-point lead with an 8-1 run midway through the second half. Central tied the game on a three by Thompson and eventually took the lead when he hit another shot from behind the arc with two minutes left.

"David Thompson hit some big shots to get us back in the game late," Rinta said. "But we couldn't quite capitalize on it."

Thompson nearly scored a go-ahead layup of Micah Pollard's fourth steal, but Thacker recovered well to block the shot before fouling Micah Pollard. He made just one of two free throws to tie the game with 19 seconds left.

Central shot just 35% from the field and made only 13-of-21 free throws in their first GNAC loss of the season. The Wildcats (4-2 overall, 1-1 GNAC) will return to Ellensburg for their home opener against Pacific Lutheran next Saturday.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON — David Thompson 22, Xavier Smith 13, Gilson 7, Poquette 3, Gennett 0, Micah Pollard 13, Knight 3, Stafford 2, Rose 0, Brizee 0. 21-60 13-21 64. 21-60 13-21 64.

MSU BILLINGS — Damen Thacker 26, Carrington Wiggins 20, Sebastiao 8, Brikat 4, Brown 2, Finn 2, Akpan 2, Ajanaku 2, Elliott 0. 25-53 9-15 66.

Halftime: 30-28 MSUB.

3-point goals: CWU 9-24 (Thompson 4-6, Pollard 3-6, Knight 1-3, Smith 1-4), MSUB 7-19 (Thacker 4-6, Sebastiao 2-4, Wiggins 1-7). Rebounds: CWU 36 (Poquette 8, Gilson 7), MSUB 39 (Wiggins 11). Assists: CWU 11, MSUB 17. Turnovers: CWU 13, MSUB 17. Steals: CWU 10 (Pollard 4), MSUB 7. Fouls: CWU 16, MSUB 21. Fouled out —None.

PREP CROSS COUNTRY

Quigley runs 14:42

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Selah’s Cooper Quigley clocked a career best of 14:42.93 for 5,000 meters at Saturday’s Garmin RunningLane Cross Country Championships.

Quigley, who won the Class 2A state title a month ago, placed 34th out of 308 runners in an epically fast race that was won by Colin Sahlman in 14:03.29. Quigley covered his first mile in 4:38 and passed 23 runners over the last mile.

Kamiakin’s Isaac Teeples, the 4A state champion and winner of Yakima’s Sunfair Invitational, was 10th in 14:23.78.

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