Dykstra scores career-high 30 points as Western defeats Western Baptist, 107-100
Dec. 13, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Grant Dykstra (So., Everson/Lynden Christian) scored a career-high 30 points for Western Washington University to overcome the 41 points of Jeff Dunn and 32 of Eric Fiegi for Western Baptist College OR as the Vikings defeated the visiting Warriors, 107-100, in a non-conference men's basketball contest Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings, who improved to 6-1, are unbeaten in five home games this season. They also got 23 points and eight assists from guard Ryan Diggs (So., Victorville, CA/Silverado).
Western Baptist fell to 5-3. Dunn, a junior guard, went 15-of-18 from the field, including 7-of-9 on 3-pointers, falling just two points short of the Carver Gym record for points in a game. Fiegi, a sophomore center who averages 29 points a game, was 16-of-25 from the field and had a game-high nine rebounds.
Western held a 55-43 lead at halftime and never trailed in the second half, but Western Baptist pulled to within three points on three occasions, the final time at 97-94 on a layup by Fiegi with 3:52 to go. But Diggs, who had nine points in the last five minutes, hit a driving jumper, and reserve center Lukas Henne (Fr., Bremerton/Central Kitsap) scored on the following possession to put the Vikings in control at 101-94 with 2:59 to play, and the Warriors got no closer than six after that.
Western Baptist shot a sizzling 67.2 percent (41-of-61) from the field, including 11-of-20 on 3-pointers, but was hampered by 26 turnovers. The Warriors, who entered the game averaging 92.4 points a contest, reached 100 points for the fourth time in the last six games. They scored 98 points in the two games they failed to hit triple digits.
Western, which was averaging 88.8 points a game, shot 48.7 percent (38-of-78) from the field, including 50.0 percent (13-of-26) on threes. Dykstra was 6-of-9 on 3-pointers, and forward Craig Roosendaal (Jr., Shoreline/King's), who had 14 points, was 4-of-8.
Each team reached the century mark despite going through prolonged scoring droughts in the first half. The Vikings held a 31-21 lead with a little over 11 minutes left in the period, but went nearly five minutes without scoring as Western Baptist grabbed a 34-31 lead. But the Warriors scored just two points in the next five minutes, and the Vikings bounced back, taking a 44-36 lead with 3:23 left in the half and never trailing again.
Western travels to Pomona, Calif., on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) to meet defending NCAA Division II West Region champion and NABC/Division II Bulletin Preseason No.5-ranked Cal Poly Pomona (3-2).
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