No.5 WWU remains unbeaten with 98-62 win over Thompson Rivers BC
Dec. 30, 2012
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Paul Jones (Sr., Kent/Kent-Meridian) scored 17 of his career-high 26 points in the first half as nationally ranked Western Washington University remained unbeaten and kept two long winning streaks alive with a 98-62 victory over Thompson Rivers University BC on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference men's basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings, ranked No.5 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll, improved to 10-0 with the triumph, the second-best start in school history, and have won 16 straight over the last two seasons, the second-longest winning streak in WWU history.
Thompson Rivers, located in Kamloops, B.C., fell to 4-10 with its sixth straight loss. Center Blaz Bozinovic led the WolfPack with 11 points, and forward Brett Rouault added 10.
WWU took control of the contest quickly, jumping to a 15-3 lead just over five minutes into the game and holding a 40-27 lead at halftime.
The margin was still just 17 at 61-44 with 11:43 to play, but the Vikings then put the game completely out of reach with a 20-6 charge in a little over four minutes, giving WWU an 81-50 advantage with 7:04 left. The gap was never less than 27 after that.
Center Chris Mitchell (Sr., Everson/Nooksack Valley) had 10 points and nine rebounds for the Vikings, who shot 50.6 percent (42-of-83) from the field, including 61.0 percent (25-of-41) in the second half, and also had a 47-38 advantage in rebounds.
It was the 15th consecutive home victory for WWU, which is 5-0 at home this season.
WWU returns to Great Northwest Athletic Conference action Thursday (7 p.m.), Jan. 3, traveling to No.7-ranked Seattle Pacific.
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