College basketball: Whitworth men’s coach Jim Hayford was named the Northwest Conference coach of the year and senior guard Michael Taylor (above in photo) was chosen as the player of the year, the NWC announced Friday.
In addition, David Riley was selected to the All-NWC first team, Felix Friedt is a second-team choice and Jack Loofburrow received honorable mention consideration.
It is the fifth coach of the year honor for Hayford, who guided the Pirates to a No. 1 ranking this season. Whitworth won its fourth NWC title in the last five years.
Taylor, from Brewster, Wash., leads the team in scoring, averaging 19.7 points a game, third in the NWC.
Riley, a senior forward, made the first team for the third straight year. With 1,608 career points, Riley is the fifth player in school history to surpass 1,500 career points.
The Pirates (25-1) get a chance to avenge their lone loss of the season as they entertain Whitman (19-7) tonight at 7 for the NWC championship ( Story, B3).
• Whitworth’s Emily Guthrie was selected to the All-NWC women’s second team. Guthrie led the Pirates in scoring at 11.7 points per game.
Stuckey, Daye miss the bus
NBA: Several Detroit Pistons missed at least part of the team’s shootaround before Friday night’s game at Philadelphia, the latest incident in what has been a difficult season for the proud franchise.
Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington) and Austin Daye (Gonzaga) were among those missing the bus, but both arrived late.
Told it was suggested the Pistons had other motives for skipping shootaround, coach John Kuester said, “Sometimes perception is different than reality.”
Stuckey, who did not start Friday’s game, was benched barely a week into the season, although that was only temporary.
NCAA places Cal on probation
Men’s basketball: The NCAA placed the California men’s program on two years’ probation for making more than 300 impermissible recruiting phone calls.
The Division I Committee on Infractions added only a few small penalties on top of what Cal had already self-imposed after reporting the 365 calls made shortly after coach Mike Montgomery and his staff were hired in April 2008.