Feb. 21, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Nearly back to full strength, the Western Washington University men's basketball team makes its final home appearance of the season Saturday (7 p.m.), entertaining arch-rival Central Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The game will regionally televised live on ROOT Sports with Brad Adam calling the play by play and Dave Harshman providing the color commentary. It also can be heard on KBAI Radio (930 AM - Bellingham) with Doug Lange and Mark Scholten. Live stats are available at www.wwuvikings.com.
The Central contest will be the last at Carver Gym for five WWU seniors - Austin Bragg, Alfred Davis, Robert Harris, Jr., Dane Thorpe and Richard Woodworth. The senior ceremony will take place 38 minutes prior to tipoff.
The Vikings, 17-6 overall and second in the conference standings at 11-4, snapped a two-game losing streak Thursday with an 84-72 win at home over Northwest Nazarene. The losses, which were both on the road last week, ended a six-game winning streak. They were 102-101 in overtime to Montana State Billings and 91-88 to nationally No.15-ranked and league-leading Seattle Pacific (22-4, 13-2).
WWU is 13-1 at Carver Gym this season and has won 40 of its last 41 games there. Its only loss was 76-60 to Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15, which snapped a school-record 36-game home court victory string.
The Vikings' biggest home win this season came on Nov. 30, 72-69 over nationally No.1 Metro State.
WWU, which has not had a losing streak longer than two games since dropping four contests to end the 2010-11 campaign, looks to be close to 100 percent healthy after having two starting forwards out for varying amounts of time.
Anye Turner sat out the MSUB game because of a dislocated big toe suffered in an 84-83 win at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8 and is gradually getting better.
Joey Schreiber returned to action versus SPU after missing eight games with facial fractures suffered in an 82-69 home win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11. He had started 11 of 13 games prior to that injury.
Four of WWU's six losses this season have been to teams currently ranked among the top 25 nationally. They were to No.3 Tarleton State, No.15 Cal State San Bernardino and twice to No. 13 Seattle Pacific.
Central is 11-12 after losing 112-99 at Simon Fraser on Thursday. The Wildcats are led by senior guard Mark McLaughlin, who tops the nation in scoring at 27.1 points per game.
NCAA II AND GNAC STATS: WWU ranks fourth nationally among NCAA II schools in blocked shots per game at 5.8 and is fifth in total blocks with 133. The Vikings are 11th in scoring offense (87.4), 12th in 3-point field-goal percentage defense at 29.9 and 22nd in field-goal percentage at 49.5.
WWU tops the GNAC in scoring offense (87.4), 3-point percentage defense (29.9), field-goal percentage defense (44.5), blocks (5.8) and offensive rebounds (13.3).
WOODWORTH A WONDER: Senior guard Richard Woodworth, who scored a career-high 33 points at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8, is averaging 17.3 points per game and is shooting a team-best 84.4 percent (108-of-128) at the free throw line. He is second on the squad in 3-point accuracy at 40.2 percent (33-of-82) from 3-point range.
Woodworth became the 24th Viking to reach 1,000 points in a career while scoring 24 against Alaska Anchorage on Jan. 2. His current point total of 1,193 ranks 16th and he also is 16th in assists at 320.
Over the four games prior to Thursday's win over NNU, Woodworth averaged 27.0 points on 56.9 (33-of-58) field-goal shooting.
Woodworth was named to the national all-tournament team in 2012 when WWU won the NCAA II national championship and was the West Regional Most Outstanding Player in 2013 when the Vikings reached the national semifinals.
BRAGG'IN RIGHTS: Senior center Austin Bragg ranks among the top five in the GNAC in five categories. He leads in rebounds at 8.9 per game, is second in blocks at 1.9 and offensive rebounds at 3.2, is fourth in field-goal percentage at 60.2 (142-of-236) and fifth in scoring at 17.2.
On Feb. 1 in a 99-76 home victory over Alaska Anchorage, Bragg had the second triple-double in school history and only the third in GNAC history, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. He tops the GNAC in double-doubles this season with 10 after leading the conference last year with eight.
Bragg has earned conference POW honors twice this season and three times during his two-year career at WWU after transferring from Clark CC. His first POW honor this season was when he had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a win over nationally No.1-ranked Metro State on Nov. 30, and his second award came after the Vikings swept a two-game home stand with Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage.
Bragg has scored double-figure points in 22 games this season. In WWU's win over Simon Fraser on Jan. 11, he had 30 points and 17 rebounds, both career highs.
PURE PARKER: Redshirt freshman forward Jeffrey Parker has averaged 20.0 points over the last five contests. During that span, he has shot 52.8 percent (38-of-72) from the field, including 45.5 percent (15-of-33) from 3- point range.
Parker has scored double-figure points in 12 games, with a high of 25 against Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 20. His top rebounding effort was 10 at Montana State Billings on Feb. 13.
On the season, Parker is averaging 11.3 points.
TURNER TENACIOUS: Junior forward Anye Turner ranks third among GNAC leaders in blocks at 1.6 per game, fourth in rebounds at 7.8, and 10th in field-goal shooting at 55.8 (77-of-138) and in steals at 1.3.
On the season, he is averaging 9.4 points and has had four double-doubles.
Turner grabbed 20 rebounds in a win over Thompson Rivers on Dec. 17, tying the most by a WWU player since 2003 and five short of the school record.
CENTRAL WASHINGTON: The Wildcats are 11-12 overall and 7-8 in GNAC play, losing their last three games. They are led by 6-6 senior guard Mark McLaughlin, who leads the nation in scoring at 27.1 points per game with his top three efforts being 43, 42 and 40 points. Last year's GNAC Newcomer of the Year, McLaughlin also is averaging 5.0 rebounds and 3.1 assists. Two more standouts for coach Greg Sparling (19th year, 324-213) are 6-9 senior forward Kevin Davis (11.2 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 63.3 FG Pct.) and 6-7 junior forward J.B. Pillard (13.9 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 63.4 FG Pct.), who sat out last season after transferring from Northwest Nazarene where he was an honorable mention GNAC all-star. CWU ranks No.22 nationally in free throw percentage at 76.1. WWU has won 10 of the last 12 encounters with Central, taking a 99-94 decision at Ellensburg on Jan. 23.
Feb. 22 (Sat.) CENTRAL WASHINGTON*#@ (Carver Gym - 7 p.m.)
Feb. 27 (Thu.) at Saint Martin's*# (Lacey, WA - 7 p.m.)
March 1 (Sat.) at Western Oregon* (Monmouth, OR - 3 p.m.)
March 5, 6, 8 at Great Northwest Athletic Conference Tournament (Lacey, WA)
*Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest
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#broadcast on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com
%broadcast on KPUG Radio (1170 AM) and on internet at wwuvikings.com
NABC TOP 25 POLL: After a three-week absence, WWU returned to the NABC/NCAA II Top 25 Poll on Feb.11 at No.24, but was not listed this week. On Jan. 21, WWU fell out of the ranking for the first time since Jan. 10, 2012. That snapped a school-record streak of 31national poll appearances.
SEASON HIGHLIGHTS TO DATE:
Nov. 19 - Tied school record with 19-point, second-half comeback in 80-74 win over BYU Hawaii.
Nov. 30 - Defeated nationally No.1-ranked Metro State, 72-69, a program first over a top-ranked opponent.
Dec. 5 - Woodworth hit two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining as WWU began GNAC play with a 67-66 win over Western Oregon
Dec. 14 - School record set for combined points with 228 in 140-88 win over Multnomah. WWU fell one short of school record for most points in a game (141-52 vs. Northwest on Feb. 3, 1989, and just shy of mark for best field-goal percentage (66.7, 58-87), set on Jan. 3, 1989 (69.8 vs. Grace IN)
Dec. 17 - Turner grabbed 20 rebounds, most by a Viking player since 2003, and five shy of the school record in 99-74 victory over Thompson Rivers BC.
Jan. 2 - Woodworth reaches 1,000-point mark in career scoring with 24 points and Bragg had game highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds in 104-89 win at Alaska Anchorage.
Jan. 11 - Bragg and Turner combined for 52 points, 32 rebounds and five blocked shots in 82-69 win over Simon Fraser.
Jan. 30 - WWU defeats Alaska Fairbanks, 53-51, the fewest points by the Vikings in a win since a 53-47 victory over Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 22, 1983, and a 47-43 triumph over Montana Tech on Jan. 2, 1981.
Feb. 1 - Bragg posted just the second triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists) in school history and WWU made 16-of-27 3-pointers (59.3 percent) in a 99-76 win over Alaska Anchorage.
Feb. 8 - Woodworth scored a career-high 33 points in an 84-83 win at Simon Fraser.
THREE-DOT NOTES: The Vikings are shooting 68.8 percent (434-of-631) at the free-throw line this season, the only team in the GNAC under 70 percent ... WWU's 53 points scored against Alaska Fairbanks (53-51) on Jan. 20 were the fewest by the Vikings in a win since a 53-47 victory over Lewis-Clark State on Feb. 22, 1983; and a 47-43 triumph over Montana Tech on Jan. 2, 1981... WWU is 12-1 at home this season, and has won 39 of its last 40 games at Carver Gym. The Vikings had a school-record 36-game home win streak snapped by Seattle Pacific, 76-60, on Jan. 15. Their biggest win at Carver Gym this season was 72-69 over then No.1-ranked Metro State CO on Nov. 30 ... WWU was named the GNAC Team of the Week for Nov. 24-30 with a 72-69 win over top-ranked Metro State, and Jan. 26-Feb. 1 for a home sweep of Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska Anchorage.
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UNMATCHED SUCCESS: WWU won the NCAA II national championship in 2012 and reached the national semifinals in 2013, posting back-to-back 31-win seasons. The Vikings have captured the last two regular-season GNAC titles, winning 33 of 36 conference games during that span. Last season, they won their first 24 games overall and finished 17-1 in league play, the best record in GNAC history.
SEEK THIRD STRAIGHT WEST REGIONAL TITLE: WWU is looking to become the first team since 1994 to win three straight West Regional titles, Cal State Bakersfield completing a five-year string that season. The only other team to win three consecutive West Region championships was UC Riverside from 1973 to 1975.
PRE-SEASON ACCOLADES: Bragg and Woodworth were pre-season GNAC all-conference picks ... WWU ranked ninth in The Sporting News Pre-season NCAA II Top 10, No.10 in the NABC Pre-season Top 25 and No.17 in the Division II Bulletin Pre-season Top 25 ... The Vikings were picked third in the GNAC Pre-season Coaches Poll, behind Seattle Pacific and Alaska Anchorage. They were not the pre-season choice in either of the last two seasons, but went on to win the national championship in 2012 and reach the national semifinals in 2013.
COACH DOMINGUEZ: Tony Dominguez (2nd year, 48-9, 84.2 percent) directed the Vikings to a 31-3 record in 2012-13, GNAC regular-season and West Regional titles, and the NCAA II national semifinals. He became the first rookie coach in NCAA II history to win his first 24 games. Dominguez was a finalist for Clarence "Big House" Gaines National Coach of the Year honors and shared the GNAC Coach of the Year award. Previously, he was an associate head coach for two seasons and an assistant 17 years overall, all at WWU. During that stretch, the Vikings posted a 317-165 (.658) record, making six regional appearances and winning five conference championships. WWU took the NCAA II national crown in 2012, winning a school record 31 games, and reached the national semifinals in 2001.
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected WWU games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 AM) and KPUG Radio (1170 AM) with Doug Lange handling the play-by-play and Mark Scholten providing the color commentary. They also can be heard on the internet at www.wwuvikings.com.
ON THE WEB: All Viking home games are being video streamed live and are available free at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/wwu.portal#. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the WWU Athletic web page at www.wwuvikings.com. Up-to-date league standings and statistics can be found on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference web page at www.gnacsports.com.
PROBABLE WWU STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
G Richard Woodworth, 6-3, ***Sr., Bellevue, WA/Newport
G Robert Harris Jr., 5-10, Sr., TR, Kent, WA/Rainier Beach/Eastern Arizona CC/Idaho
C Austin Bragg, 6-9, *Sr., Longview, WA/Mark Morris/Clark CC
F Jeffrey Parker, 6-6, R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Salesian
F Anye Turner, 6-7, *Jr., Tumwater, WA/Black Hills/South Puget Sound CC
F Joey Schreiber, 6-7, R-Fr., Renton, WA/Eastside Catholic
F Colby Mitchell, 6-7, Jr., JC, Chugiak, AK/Chugiak/Mount Hood CC
G Dana Abe, 6-4, R-Fr., Seattle, WA/O'Dea
G Dane Thorpe, 6-4, ***Sr., Bellingham, WA/Sehome
F Robert Oliver, 6-4, *Jr., Federal Way, WA/Decatur
G Mark Hopkins, 6-3, Jr., JC, San Antonio, TX/Randolph/Temple JC/Schreiner
G Alfred Davis, 6-0, *Sr., Tacoma, WA/Lincoln/Pierce CC
C Jordan Mosby-Barker, 6-9, Jr., JC, Portland, OR/Parkrose/Clackamas CC
RECENT GAME SUMMARY:
Feb. 20 - WWU 84, Northwest Nazarene 72 at Bellingham, WA
Parker scored a team-high 25 points as WWU bounced back from two narrow road losses to defeat Northwest Nazarene, 84-72, on Thursday in a GNAC contest at Carver Gym. Bragg had 23 points and game-highs of 13 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots as the Vikings improved to 17-6 overall and remained second in the GNAC standings at 11-4. They are 13-1 at home this season and have won 40 of their last 41 at Carver Gym. NNU fell to 5-18 overall and 3-12 in the GNAC with its 10 straight loss despite a game-high 27 points by forward Kevin Rima. Rima, who was 10-of-15 from the field, also had a team-high eight rebounds. The Vikings held a 38-35 lead at halftime and were up by 13, 71-58, with a little over eight minutes left, before NNU rallied with nine straight points, the last four by Rima, to pull within four, 71-67, with 6:11 to go. But WWU then took control as Harris, Jr., hit a layup and a free throw, and then Woodworth converted a steal into a breakaway layup to push the margin back to nine. The Vikings' lead was never under seven after that. Harris finished with 17 points and was 5-of-5 on free throws as the Vikings were 18-of-20 (90 percent) at the charity stripe. WWU also had a 35-23 advantage on the boards, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds. Mario Donaldson had 16 points and Michael Loomis added 10 for the Crusaders, who shot 50.0 percent (25-of-50) from the field. The first half featured eight ties and nine lead changes as NNU shot 59.1 percent (13-of-22) from the floor.
LAST MEETING WITH CENTRAL:
Jan. 23 - WWU 99, Central Washington 94 at Ellensburg, WA
Woodworth scored 28 points, leading WWU to a 99-94 triumph over arch-rival Central Washington in a GNAC contest at Nicholson Pavilion. Bragg added 21 points for WWU, which improved to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC. Guard Mark McLaughlin had a game-high 43 points for CWU, which fell to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GNAC. The Vikings trailed at halftime, 42-40, but opened the second half with nine straight points, capped by a Bragg fast break dunk, to take a 49-42 lead with 17:53 to play, and eventually opened up a 10-point advantage, 66-56, with 11:45 left. Central twice pulled within one, the last time at 75-74 on two McLaughlin free throws with just over six minutes left. But the Vikings used another burst of nine straight points to reassert control, this one in a 90-second span, taking an 84-74 lead with 4:20 to play. The Wildcats pulled as close as three points in the dying moments, but never had a possession with a chance to tie, as Woodworth made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute. Five players scored in double figures for WWU, as Parker had 15 points, Harris, Jr., added 13, and Mitchell came off the bench to score 12 and grab a team-high eight rebounds. Center Kevin Davis had 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for CWU, which shot 52.2 percent (35-of-67) from the field. McLaughlin, who entered the contest second among NCAA Division II scorers nationally at 26.4 points a game, was 14-of-22 from the field, including 3-of-7 on 3-pointers, and 12-of-14 on free throws. Woodworth, who also had seven rebounds and four assists, was 6-of-11 from the floor, 3-of-5 from 3-point range and 13-of-14 at the line. WWU shot 50.0 percent (33-of-66) from the field, hitting 9-of-22 treys, and committed just nine turnovers. It was the 10th victory for WWU in the last 12 meetings with Central.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball returns to ROOT SPORTS Saturday, as arch-rivals Central Washington and Western Washington are set to clash inside Sam Carver Gym in Bellingham, Wash., at 7 p.m. Pacific time.
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Central Washington University
Coach: Greg Sparling, 19th season
Record: 11-12, 7-8 GNAC (T-6th)
Current Streak: L3
All-Time vs WWU: 153-95
Featuring the top scorer in NCAA Division II in senior guard Mark McLaughlin (27.1 ppg), Central Washington is currently enduring a 3-game losing skid that has pushed the Wildcats down the conference standings into a tie for 6th. Most recently, CWU lost to Simon Fraser 112-99 Thursday evening in Burnaby as the Wildcats could not overcome a 20-point 2nd-half deficit. The last time CWU and WWU met, the Wildcats kept pace with the Vikings but fell 99-94 in Ellensburg on Jan. 23. McLaughlin unleashed for a season-high 43 points in the defeat, and JB Pillard and Kevin Davis each had a double-double.
Individually, Pillard and Davis have acted as the most prolific complements to McLaughlin in terms of scoring, averaging 13.9 and 11.2 points per game, respectively. The duo also ranks one-two on the team in terms of rebounding, with 8.0 and 7.2 per game. While McLaughlin has proved his effectiveness as a scorer, he is also the team leader in assists with 69. Freshman guard Marc Rodgers has seen significant playing time as well, starting 15 games and contributing 54 assists.
As a team, the Wildcats rank fifth in the GNAC in terms of scoring margin with a mark of plus-1.8. This is directly attributed to CWU's strong scoring ability (84.3 points per game, 3rd in the GNAC), and tendancy to allow high opposing scores (82.5 points allowed per game, 10th in the GNAC). The Wildcats are an excellent free-throw shooting team at 76.1 percent, ranking second in the GNAC only to Alaska Anchorage. From the field, CWU shoots 48.4 percent and ranks third in rebounding margin at plus-1.4. Only WWU averages more blocks per game than CWU, as the Wildcats come up with 4.2 per contest. CWU generates a conference fifth-best 5.7 steals per contest, and holds a turnover margin of plus-0.35.
*Mark McLaughlin (G, 6-6, Sr., Bothell, WA)
*Kevin Davis (C, 6-9, Sr., Federal Way, WA)
*JB Pillard (F, 6-6, Sr., Kirkland, WA)
*Joey Roppo (G, 6-2, So., Monroe, WA)
*Marc Rodgers (G, 6-2, Fr., Los Angeles, CA)
2013-14 Red Lion Players of the Week
Week of Jan. 20-26: Mark McLaughlin became the second player in GNAC history to record back-to-back 40-point games (joining Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks who accomplished the feat in 2011) scoring 83 points. He was efficient in producing 43 points in a 99-94 loss to Western Washington and 40 points in a 96-79 win against Simon Fraser, shooting 68.3 percent from the floor (28-of-41), including 5-of-9 3-pointers. McLaughlin, who leads Division II in scoring (28.3), also made 22-of-26 free throws, extending his streak of foul shots made to 42 before missing late in Thursday's contest.
Week of Jan. 6-12: Mark McLaughlin scored 66 points, including 39 in a 106-103 double overtime win over Western Oregon. McLaughlin, who is averaging nearly 30 points per game (29.4) in five conference contests and 26.3 overall, made 7-of-9 3-pointers in the two contests, including a trey with 10 seconds left in the first overtime to force the second extra 5-minute period against WOU. Overall, he connected of 17-of-34 shots and 25-of-26 foul shots, including 16-of-16 against the Wolves.
Week of Nov. 11-17: Mark McLaughlin scored 60 points in a pair of contests, including 42 in a 95-90 win over Colorado Christian to earn all-tournament honors in the SPU Sodexo Tipoff tournament. That equaled the ninth-highest point total in GNAC history and was the most since John Allen of Western Washington and Parrish West of Alaska Fairbanks had 43-point games in January, 2011. McLaughlin made 17 field goals against CCU, one off the GNAC single-game record of 18 by Gerrit Eades of Saint Martin's against Alaska Anchorage in 2002.
Western Washington University
Coach: Tony Dominguez, 2nd season
Record: 17-6, 11-4 GNAC (2nd place)
Current Streak: W1
All-Time vs. CWU: 95-153
After losing back-to-back road games to Montana State Billings and Seattle Pacific to snap a six-game winning streak, Western Washington responded with a strong 84-72 win over Northwest Nazarene in Bellingham on Thursday evening. The Vikings are 13-1 overall at home this season, the only loss being to No. 13-ranked Seattle Pacific on Jan. 15 in a defeat that snapped WWU's school-record 36-game home winning streak dating back to Jan. 2012. The Vikings withstood McLaughlin's incredible performance the last time these two teams met, as senior guard Richard Woodworth had 28 points and Austin Bragg added 21 more in the 99-94 win.
Woodworth leads the team in scoring and ranks fourth in the conference with 17.3 points per game. Like CWU, WWU's top scorer is also its top facilitator, as Woodworth leads the team with 82 assists on the season. Bragg has led the GNAC in rebounding for the majority of the season, currently topping the conference with a mark of 8.9 per game. The senior ranks just behind Woodworth in scoring at 17.2 points per contest, and his 43 blocks rank second only to CWU's Davis in the GNAC. Since obtaining a starting role, freshman Jeffrey Parker has proven instrumental in the Vikings' lineup as well. Parker is averaging 11.3 points per contest, while shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range and has played in all 23 contests this season. Robert Harris is another double-figure scorer, averaging 11.0 points with 69 assists in 23 starts this season.
As a team, WWU leads the GNAC in scoring with 87.4 points per contest, and ranks second only to Seattle Pacific in scoring margin with a mark of plus-8.9. WWU also ranks second in field goal percentage at 49.5, and allows a conference-low 44.5 percent. WWU holds the second-best rebounding margin in the GNAC at plus-5.6, and the Vikings lead the conference in blocks with 133 (5.8 per game). WWU generates 7.3 steals per contest, and has a turnover margin of minus-0.35.
*Richard Woodworth (G, 6-3, Sr., Bellevue, WA)
*Austin Bragg (C, 6-9, Sr., Longview, WA)
*Anye Turner (F, 6-7, Jr., Olympia, WA)
*Jeffrey Parker (F, 6-6, Fr., Richmond, CA)
*Robert Harris (G, 5-10, Sr., Kent, WA)
2013-14 Red Lion Players of the Week
Week of Jan. 27 - Feb. 2: Austin Bragg had 31 points, 26 rebounds and 13 assists and recorded the first triple-double in the GNAC in 10 years in leading the Vikings to wins over Alaska Fairbanks (53-51) and Alaska Anchorage (99-76). Bragg had one-third of WWU's points (18-of-53) and rebounds (14-of-42) in Thursday's win against the Nanooks before recording the third triple-double (13 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) in GNAC history in Saturday's regionally-televised win over Alaska Anchorage. In the two contests, Bragg made 12-of-20 field goal attempts and all five of his free throw attempts.
Week of Nov. 25 - Dec. 1: Austin Bragg scored 20 points and also had 13 rebounds and five blocked shots to lead Western Washington over No. 1-ranked Metro State. Bragg hit a driving layup with 11.8 seconds to give WWU, which ran its home win streak to a school and GNAC-record 31 games, a 4-point lead.