Webb has another big scoring night, hits 33 in Western's 100-75 win at Montana State Billings
Jan. 30, 2010
BILLINGS, Mont. - Forward Derrick Webb (Sr., Port Orchard/South Kitsap) had his second big scoring outburst of the week with a game-high 33 points as Western Washington University defeated Montana State University Billings, 100-75, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
The Vikings, No.21 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll and No.2 in the West Region Poll, improved to 19-3 overall and are alone in second in the GNAC in 6-2. Guard Morris Anderson (Sr., Federal Way) added 25 points and six assists for Western.
MSUB fell to 9-7 overall and 3-4 in the GNAC with just their second loss in eight home contests. Derrick Wright led the Yellowjackets with 21 points, and DeAndre Chambers added 19.
Webb, who had 40 points in a victory over Western Oregon on Thursday, had 21 of his points Saturday in the first half, including nine in the final 2:40 of the period. For the game, Webb was 12-of-16 from the field, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, and 5-of-6 from the foul line. He also had a team-high seven rebounds.
Western trailed only twice, both early in the contest, and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer by guard Andrew Ready (Sr., Chicago, IL/Westinghouse) 6:11 into the game. The Vikings held a 51-38 lead at halftime, and never led by less than 18 points after scoring the first seven points of the second half.
Western shot 59.0 percent (36-of-61) from the field for the game, including 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from 3-point range, the second straight time the Vikings have been better than 60 percent on treys.
Guard Harold McAllister (Sr., Vancouver/Mountain View) had 10 points for Western as did forward Zach Bruce (Sr., Oceanside, CA). The Vikings reached the 100-point mark for the second straight game, the first time that has occurred since late in the 2005-06 season.
Western returns home, where it is 9-1 this season, to face Northwest Nazarene on Thursday (7:30 p.m.) and Saint Martin's on Saturday (7:30 p.m.) in GNAC counters on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
WWU reaches century mark against MSUB
By JOE KUSEK Of The Billings Gazette Staff
Derrick Webb said he had been struggling with his shooting prior to this week's games.
Not many people would believe him.
After dropping 40 points, including 10 3-pointers on Western Oregon Thursday night, the senior guard scored 33 to help 21st-ranked Western Washington beat Montana State Billings 100-75 Saturday night at Alterowitz Gymnasium.
Teammate Morris Anderson added 25 points, including six 3-pointers for the Vikings (19-3, 6-2).
"The last couple of games before this week, I had been struggling,'' said Webb. "I went back to the gym to work on the basics: getting more arc and following through.''
WWU shot 62 percent from the field in the first half, including 8 of 10 from 3-point range.
"We knew they could shoot a little bit ... but this?'' said MSUB head coach George Pfeifer.
The Vikings finished shooting 59 percent from the field for the game and made 12 of 19 3-point attempts.
Pfeifer was disheartened after Thursday's 73-57 loss to Central Washington. He couldn't fault his team's effort on Saturday.
"Absolutely, I felt like we played better than Thursday night,'' he said. "I thought we played with passion. We play with a passion like that, we'll win some games.
"It's discouraging to play that much better and have that kind of outcome. We just have put our chins to our chest and work harder. We can get better.''
The Yellowjackets (9-7, 3-4) kept pace in the opening minutes, making it 11-11 on a spin move by Derrick Wright. But the Vikings put together a 9-2 surge, including 3-pointer by Andrew Ready and a 3-point play by Anderson.
Webb (21) and Anderson (16) combined for 37 first-half points to help WWU take a 51-38 lead at intermission. Webb scored nine points in the final 2:40 of the first half.
"We have to make our shots,'' said Pfeifer. "We missed a few easy shots inside and against a team like that, you have to keep the offense going."
WWU scored the first seven points of the second half to push its lead to 20 and led by as many as 27 late in the game.
Webb finished 12 of 16 from the field, including four 3-pointers and five free throws.
"Webb, he can post you up, he can bounce the ball at you. He's got all the parts,'' Pfeifer said of the 6-3 senior. "We tried to keep the ball away from him. He's so athletic, he can just run with it.''
"Myself, Morris and Zach, we played on the same junior college team,'' said Evans. The trio played at Highline Community College in Washington.
"We've been together for about five years, including summers,'' Evans continued. "We have a good on-court chemistry together.
"Montana State Billings is a very good team. They're seventh (in the region) for a reason. We shot the ball well and rebounded well, that was key for us.''
Derrick Wright led MSUB with 21 points, while DeAndre Chambers used six 3-pointers to finish with 19. DaVell Jackson added 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists. He had a run of seven straight points late in the game.
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