Dec. 14, 2013
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Jeffrey Parker (R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian) came off the bench to score a team-high 22 points in just 16 minutes as Western Washington University rolled to a 140-88 victory over Multnomah University in a non-conference men's basketball game Saturday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
Guards Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport), Robert Harris, Jr. (Kent/Rainier Beach) and Robert Oliver (Jr., Federal Way/Decatur) each scored 19 points for the Vikings, who are ranked No.5 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. WWU improved to 7-0 and extended its school-record home winning streak to 34.
Multnomah fell to 6-8. Kristoff Thande came off the bench to score a game-high 29 points for the Lions, who entered averaging 108.8 points per game. Davey Walker added 16 points.
The 228 combined points were the most ever in a WWU game, and the 140 points were just one short of the Viking record set in a 141-52 triumph over Northwest in the 1988-89 season.
The Vikings jumped to an 8-0 lead, but the Lions rallied, as Thande scored eight of the points in an 11-2 run to give Multnomah its only lead of the game at 11-10 just over four minutes into the game.
From there, WWU took complete control, running off 13 straight points to take a 23-11 advantage with 11 minutes left in the half and extending the margin to 67-47 at halftime.
The Vikings shot 66.7 percent from the field, going 58-of-87. The percentage was just short of the school record of 69.8 percent, set against Grace, Ind., also in the 1988-89 campaign. Parker was 9-of-11 from the field, and Oliver was 6-of-6.
The Vikings, who had a 64-27 advantage in rebounds, remained unbeaten in five series meetings with Multnomah. Center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and scored nine points.
WWU's last loss at Carver Gym was to Western Oregon, 83-73, on Jan. 7, 2012.
The Vikings close out their eight- game, season-opening home stretch on Tuesday, Dec. 17 (7 p.m.), entertaining Thompson Rivers BC.
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