Woodworth and Mitchell combine for 45 points as Vikings win 101-81 at Alaska Fairbanks
Jan. 12, 2012
FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Guard Richard Woodworth (So., Bellevue/Newport) and center Chris Mitchell (Jr., Everson/Nooksack Valley) each posted career highs with 25 and 20 points, respectively, as Western Washington University defeated University of Alaska Fairbanks, 101-81, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday at Patty Center on the UAF campus.
UAF fell to 4-12 overall and 1-5 in conference play. Center Sergej Pucar led the Nanooks with 25 points and forward Stefan Tica added 20.
Woodworth, who scored 19 points in the first half, finished 9-of-11 from the field, hitting 5-of-6 three-pointers. Mitchell was 8-of-13 from the floor, making 3-of-6 treys.
Blanche, who made 7-of-10 field goals, also had eight rebounds and five assists. Allen scored 14 of his points in the second half.
The Vikings held an 8-6 lead four minutes into the contest, then held UAF to just one field goal in the next seven minutes, opening up a 30-12 advantage with 8:39 left in the first half. WWU led by as much as 21 in the opening period, but held only a 45-35 lead at halftime as UAF scored the final 10 points of the half.
The Nanooks got within eight, 47-39, with two minutes gone in the second period, but a three-pointer by Mitchell gave WWU an 11-point advantage, 50-39, and the Vikings led by double figures the rest of the way.
WWU had a 20-point lead 73-53, with 8:47 to go and its biggest margin was 23 points, 94-71, with 1:28 left.
The Vikings shot 56.3 percent (36-of-64) from the field, hitting 11-of-23 three-pointers (47.8 percent), and converted 18-of-20 free throws (90.0 percent). They next travel to Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (7 p.m.) for a GNAC contest.
WWU, which has swept an Alaska road trip a GNAC record three times, is looking to become just the second school in league history to record sweeps in back-to-back years.
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