WWU bounces back with 84-71 win over Montana State Billings

Anye Turner

Jan. 18, 2014

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Dunk by Richard Woodworth

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Anye Turner (Jr., Tumwater/Black Hills) had game-highs of 21 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots, leading Western Washington University to an 84-71 triumph over Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

WWU, ranked No.19 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 11-4 overall and 5-2 in the GNAC.

MSUB fell to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in conference play. Center Austin Hudson led the Yellowjackets with 14 points and 11 rebounds. But Hudson, who entered the contest shooting 65.8 percent from the floor, was just 6-of-15 Saturday.

The Vikings took control of the contest early on, going on a 14-2 run to take a 21-7 lead with 11:19 left in the first half. Jeffrey Parker (R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian), who finished with 15 points, had nine of them in the charge, and Turner added the other five.

WWU extended the margin to 17 at 32-15 with 5:19 left in the half as MSUB hit just six of its first 26 shots from the field, and the Vikings held a 36-27 lead at halftime.

The Yellowjackets used a run of eight straight points in just 53 seconds to get within four, 60-56, with 10:33 to play. But MSUB went scoreless for nearly four minutes, and WWU scored 11 consecutive points of its own to open up a 71-56 advantage with 6:53 to go. The gap was never less than 13 points after that.

Guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) had 16 points for the Vikings, and center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) added 12 points and seven rebounds as WWU had a 47-37 advantage in rebounds.

The Vikings, who had a school-record 36-game home court winning streak snapped in a 76-60 loss to Seattle Pacific on Wednesday, maintained a streak of not having lost two straight conference games since the end of the 2010-11 season.

WWU, which is 10-1 at Carver Gym this season, is on the road next week for two GNAC contests, beginning with Central Washington University on Thursday, Jan. 23 (7 p.m.).

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