Dec. 16, 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Western Washington University shot just 28.1 percent from the field and was trounced by Cal State San Bernardino, 88-56, in first-day men's basketball action Thursday at the fourth Great Western Shootout being held at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, who hit just 18 of their 64 field-goal attempts and were outrebounded 55-34, had a five-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-2. Forward Zach Henifin led Western with 11 points.
CSUSB improved to 3-2. Guard Aaron Hill had a game-high 21 points for the Coyotes, 19 of them in the first half when he hit five 3-pointers. Center Theron Laudermill added 13 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
The Vikings entered the game ranked fourth in NCAA II in scoring offense at 91.9, and had not been held below 80 points in any of their previous seven games.
Western, which led only at 5-2, trailed by just two, 27-25, with five minutes left in the first half. But the Coyotes closed the half with a 14-2 run, capped by a Hill 3-pointer as time expired, to take a 41-27 halftime lead. CSUSB then scored the first five points of the second half to extend the run to 19-2 and never looked back.
The Coyotes' biggest margin was 38, 84-46 with two minutes left.
The loss was first 30-point defeat for the Vikings since an 86-55 loss to NCAA Division I UC Irvine in the 1999-2000 season.
Western meets Rollins College on Saturday at 5 p.m. and CSUSB plays Central Washington at 3 p.m.
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