Jan. 17, 2013
MONMOUTH, Ore. - Guard John Allen (Sr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) poured in a season-high 38 points and forward Paul Jones (Sr., Kent/Kent-Meridian) added a career-high 27 as nationally ranked and undefeated Western Washington University defeated Western Oregon University, 91-81, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday at the new P.E. Building on the WOU campus.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings, ranked No.3 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25, improved to 15-0 and sit alone atop the GNAC at 6-0.
The Vikings have won a GNAC-record 21 straight games, and the start and streak are both the second best in WWU history.
WOU fell to 7-7 overall and 2-4 in the GNAC with its fourth straight loss. Kolton Nelson led the Wolves with 21 points and Devon Alexander added 20.
Allen was 15-of-21 from the field, Jones was 12-of-16, as WWU shot 52.1 percent (38-of-73) from the floor. The Vikings also had a 47-26 margin in rebounds, with center Chris Mitchell (Sr., Everson/Nooksack Valley) having 11 boards as well as 11 points.
"It was a good gutty effort," said WWU coach Tony Dominguez. "John was very calculating, he didn't force anything, all his shots were good, on balance shots. As a team, we took good shots tonight."
The Vikings trailed, 9-6, just over four minutes into the game, but went on a 15-3 run in a four-minute span, with Jones scoring the last six points, to take a 21-12 lead and go in front for good. WWU led by as much as 16 in the opening period and held a 51-37 lead at halftime as Jones threw in a shot from well behind halfcourt at the buzzer.
Allen and Jones were both 8-of-11 from the field in the opening period, helping the Vikings shoot 59.5 percent (22-of-37). WWU also had a 22-8 advantage in rebounds in the first half.
WOU pulled within six twice in the second half, the last time at 71-65 with 6:28 to play, but the Vikings held a double-digit margin throughout the final 2:53.
WWU is at Saint Martin's on Saturday, Jan. 19 (7 p.m.), for a GNAC counter.
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