Western rallies from 22-point second-half deficit in 84-80 win over Academy of Art

Shedrick Nelson

Dec. 12, 2010

Box Score

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Guard Shedrick Nelson (Jr., Tacoma/Wilson) scored 19 of his team-high 25 points in the final 17:28 as Western Washington University overcame a 22-point second-half deficit to defeat Academy of Art University, 84-80, in a non-conference men's basketball game Sunday afternoon at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

It was the fifth straight win for the Vikings, who also got 17 points and 10 rebounds from forward Michael Duty (Sr., Seattle/O'Dea) as they improved to 6-1.

AAU, which fell to 2-5, got a game-high 29 points from freshman forward William Overton, Jr. Forward Jonathan Burnett had 17 points , 15 in the first half, and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, and guard Keith Davis added 13 points.

An Overton 3-pointer gave the Urban Knights a 22-point lead, 60-38, with 17:18 remaining.

Western then scored 22 straight points to tie the score at 60-all on a 3-pointer by Nelson with 11:09 to go.

AAU went ahead by six points, 68-62, at 8:33, but a 13-6 run gave the Vikings their first lead, 75-74, on a free throw by forward Rory Blanche (Jr., Ashland, OR) with 2:52 to go.

A three-point play by Duty put Western ahead to stay, 78-76, at 2:20, and Nelson had a layup and later a free throw put the Vikings up by five, 81-76, at 1:16. AAU never got closer than three after that.

AAU hit 71.9 percent (23-of-32) from the field in the first half, scoring 12 of the game's 14 points over the first five minutes. After Western came back to tie the score at 27-all with 6:16 left in the opening period, the Urban Knights tallied 20 straight points for a 47-27 lead with 1:57 to go and led 53-34 at halftime. Davis scored nine consecutive points during the AAU run.

The Vikings next compete in the Great Western Shootout on Dec. 16-17 at Las Vegas, meeting Cal State San Bernardino and Rollins FL.