Jan. 11, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) and forward Anye Turner (Jr., Tumwater/Black Hills) combined for 52 points and 32 rebounds as Western Washington University defeated Simon Fraser University, 82-69, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Bragg had career-highs of 30 points and 17 rebounds, and Turner had a career-high 22 points and added 15 rebounds as the Vikings, ranked No.20 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 10-3 overall and remained tied for first in the GNAC at 4-1.
It was a school-record 36th consecutive home victory for the Vikings, and the 19th straight in GNAC games, one short of the conference record set by WWU in 2004-07.
Simon Fraser fell to 7-6 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC with its fifth loss in the last six games. Taylor Dunn led the Clan with 18 points, and Ibrahim Appiah added 17 points and 13 rebounds.
The Vikings trailed by seven, 46-39, a little less than four minutes into the second half. But full-court pressure triggered a 13-0 run, with Bragg and Turner each getting four points, giving WWU a 52-46 advantage with 13:14 to play. SFU, which had 12 turnovers for the game, committed five of them in less than four minutes after WWU applied the pressure.
Dunn hit a 3-pointer and a layin to narrow the margin to two, 53-51, with 11:53 to play, but a Bragg 3-pointer triggered an 18-3 charge that put the Vikings up 71-54 with 7:17 remaining, and the margin was never less than 12 after that.
The Vikings made their second-half rally despite being without two regular starters. Guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) missed the contest because of a sprained ankle, and forward Joey Schreiber (R-Fr., Renton/Eastside Catholic) left 23 seconds into the second half and did not return because of a possible concussion after taking a blow to the head.
Jeffrey Parker (R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Silesian) had 10 points for the Vikings, who shot 53.3 percent (32-of-60) from the field.
Bragg was 12-of-20 from the field, including 3-of-4 on 3-pointers, in notching his third consecutive double-double and his seventh of the season. Turner was 10-of-18 from the floor.
WWU's last loss at Carver Gym was 83-73 to Western Oregon on Jan. 7, 2012.
The Vikings host Seattle Pacific University on Wednesday, Jan. 15 (7 p.m.), in a GNAC counter.