Jan. 19, 2013
LACEY, Wash. - Center Austin Bragg (Jr., Longview/Mark Morris) scored 17 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds as nationally ranked and undefeated Western Washington University jumped to an early lead and rolled to a 104-56 victory over Saint Martin's University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Marcus Pavilion on the SMU campus.
Guard Rico Wilkins (Sr., Dallas, TX/DeSoto) also had 17 points off the bench for the defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings, who are ranked No.3 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25. They improved to 16-0 and remained atop the GNAC at 7-0 with their 22nd consecutive victory.
The start and the streak are both the second best in school history, with the win streak just one short of the school record set in the first 23 contests of the 1971-72 season. The streak is also the longest in GNAC history.
Saint Martin's fell to 6-9 overall, and 2-5 in the GNAC. Roger O'Neill, who reached the 1,000-plateau in career scoring, had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Saints, who shot just 21.6 percent (16-of-74) from the field.
The Vikings took control of the game quickly, jumping to a 22-6 lead after just nine minutes, and leading by 31 points on three occasions in the opening half before eventually holding a 51-23 advantage at halftime.
WWU shot 61.8 percent (21-of-34) from the field in the first half and held Saint Martin's to just 22.2 percent (8-of-36).
The 48 points marked the widest margin of victory for WWU over a NCAA II opponent since an 86-23 triumph over Academy of Art early in the 2009-10 season.
WWU returns for a four-game home stand, beginning with Alaska Anchorage on Thursday, Jan. 24 (7 p.m.) and Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday, Jan. 26 (7 p.m.) at Carver Gym where the Vikings have won 17 straight and are 7-0 this season.
Brad Wallace Nominated for Hometown Awards
WWU outgoing guard is up for the Thurston County Sports Star of the Year
Men's Hoops Inks Versatile Forward KJ Bosco from Portland CC
Bosco averaged 13.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in 60 career games at Portland Community College
Basketball Signs Kentwood Guard D'Angelo Minnis
Minnis averaged 15.3 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game during his senior season
Men's Hoops Inks Jalen Green out of Lindbergh High School
Green averaged 26.7 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.4 blocks per game as a senior
Men's Hoops Adds Guard Tucker Eenigenburg to Program
Tucker Eenigenburg out of Bakersfield College signs with WWU men's basketball
Cameron Retherford Signs with WWU Men's Basketball
Rutherford averaged 13.5 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season at Portland Community College
Siaan Rojas to Play in South American Games
WWU senior-to-be Siaan Rojas will play for Colombia in the South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia
Men's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Team Awards
Head coach Tony Dominguez hands out team awards at 2017-18 team banquet
Local High Schools Tap Into Viking Hoops Family For Head Coach Jobs
Three local high schools tab head coaches with connections to WWU Men's Basketball
Men's Basketball 2017-18 Season in Review
Vikings finish eighth 20-win season in last 10 years at 21-8
Daulton Hommes Named NABC All-West Region Second Team
Hommes adds to awards resume from stellar sophomore season in which he averaged 18.1 points per game
Daulton Hommes Named Second Team All-West Region
Hommes led the Vikings averaging 18.1 points per game, scoring in double-digits in 28 of 29 games
Vikings Drop GNAC Semifinal Game to Saint Martin's 69-68
SMU's Luke Chavez hit the game-winning basket with 2.6 seconds left to give the Saints the win
Vikings Set to Defend GNAC Championships Title
WWU opens postseason play Friday in GNAC Semifinal against Saint Martin's or Central Washington
Three Vikings Named to GNAC Men's Basketball All-Conference Team
Hommes and Drechsel named First Team All-GNAC, Dickson named Second Team All-GNAC