Dec. 21, 2013
LAS VEGAS, NV -
Despite getting a career and game-high 30 points from guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport), 24 in the second half, nationally ranked Western Washington University suffered its first loss, 99-91 to Cal State San Bernardino in men's basketball action Saturday at the 2013 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic being held at The Arena at South Point.
The Vikings, ranked No.5 in the National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, fell to 8-1. The game was their first on the road this season.
CSUSB improved to 6-1 with its sixth straight victory. The Coyotes were led by the 24 points of 6-foot-8 forward Andrew Young, a transfer from NCAA I Texas A&M.
Trailing by 16 points, 79-63, with 9:13 left in the contest, WWU fought back to within four, 86-82, over the next six minutes as Woodworth scored 12 points in the 19-7 run.
But that would be as close as the Vikings would get as CSUSB made 9-of-10 free throws in the final three minutes.
A 13-5 run over nearly six minutes gave the Coyotes a 25-15 advantage with 9:17 left in the first half. WWU countered with a 15-5 burst, whittling the deficit to one, 40-39, with a minute to go. But CSUSB scored the next five points for a 45-39 halftime lead.
The Vikings got 18 points each from center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) and forward Anye Turner (Jr., Tumwater/Black Hills). Bragg grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and Turner eight.
Woodworth finished 9-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range, and made 9-of-12 free throws.
Taylor Statham came off the bench for CSUSB to score 19 points, making 3-of-4 treys. The Coyotes got 17 points and eight rebounds from forward Jordan Burris and 12 points and a game-high nine assists from guard Lacy Haddock.
WWU faces No.11-rated Tarleton State TX on Sunday at 3 p.m.