Nov. 30, 2006
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Forward Lukas Henne (Sr., Bremerton/Central Kitsap) had a game-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds as Western Washington University defeated University of Hawaii Hilo, 75-67, on Thursday in a non-league men's basketball game on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings improved to 5-1 with their fourth consecutive victory. Guard Ira Graham (So., Fontana, CA) and center Steve Severin (Fr., Richland/Hanford) each had 16 points for Western.
Hawaii Hilo, which was playing the first of a four-game West Coast road trip, slipped to 2-4. Center Michael Martin led the Vulcans with 24 points and 13 rebounds. Vince Alvarado had 15 points.
Henne, who matched a career high for points he set just last Saturday, is averaging 25.0 points over the last four games.
The score was tied at 38-38 less than two minutes into the second half, but Western ran off six straight points, four of them by Henne, to take a 44-38 lead with 16:31 left and led the rest of the way, opening up a 12-point margin, 56-44, on a fastbreak layin by Graham with 12 minutes left.
Hawaii Hilo pulled to within three points twice after that, the last time at 63-60 with 6:14 left, but got no closer.
Western shot over 50 percent from the field for the second time this season, hitting 50.9 percent (29-of-57). The Vikings also had a 36-34 edge in rebounds. Severin had a team-high 10, including seven on the offensive glass, and his 16 points exceeded the total of 12 points he had scored in Western's first five games.
Guard Harold McAllister (Fr., Vancouver/Mountain View) had 11 points off the bench for the Vikings, who won their 31st straight regular-season home game, and gave coach Brad Jackson (22nd year) a 55th birthday present in the form of his 403rd career victory.
Western continues its four-game home stand Sunday (5 p.m.) against Notre Dame de Namur University.