Feb. 5, 2005
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Forwards Grant Dykstra (Jr., Everson/Lynden Christian) and Craig Roosendaal (Sr., Shoreline/King's) combined for 54 points, including 13 of their team's school-record 18 3-pointers, as Western Washington University defeated Saint Martin's College, 110-84, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday on Haggen Court at Carver Gym.
The Vikings, ranked No.3 in the West Region, improved to 16-4 overall and remain in second place in the GNAC at 8-3, a game behind conference-leading Seattle Pacific. Roosendaal came off the bench to score a game-high and career-high 29 points in just 17 minutes, hitting on 6-of-10 treys, and Dykstra had 25 points, six assists, six steals and six rebounds, hitting 7-of-11 3-pointers.
Saint Martin's fell to 8-12 overall and 5-6 in the GNAC with its third straight loss. Forward Solomon Wyatt led the Saints with 16 points.
Saint Martin's scored the first four points of the game, but Western then went on a 24-4 run to take a 24-8 lead just 8:21 into the contest. The Vikings held a double-digit lead the rest of the way, leading 51-31 at halftime and never by less than 13 points in the second half.
It was the fifth win in the last six games for Western, which is 10-0 at home this season.
"We feel like it is important to have a killer instinct," said Western coach Brad Jackson. "That has nothing to do with the other team, we just want to play our best. For the most part, we did that tonight."
The Vikings were 18-of-33 (54.5 percent) on 3-pointers, breaking the school record for threes in a game of 17 set in 1991. Guard Ryan Diggs (Jr., Victorville, CA/Silverado) had 16 points and a game-high nine assists for Western, and forward Tyler Amaya (Jr., Mount Vernon) had 12 points and a game-high 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the last seven contests.
Forward Niko Nunogawa had 13 points for Saint Martin's. Center Trevor Dunstan added 12 points, and Thomas Preston had 11.
It was Western's ninth straight victory over the Saints. The Vikings, who entered the week ranked fourth nationally in 3-point percentage (42.2) and sixth in scoring offense (90.8), scored 110 points for the second consecutive game and the third time this season. Western has reached triple digits eight times this season, the most since the 1988-89 season when they had a school-record 11.
Western next plays host to GNAC-leader Seattle Pacific University on Sat., Feb. 12 (7 p.m.).