July 3, 2014
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Center Austin Bragg picked the perfect time to have his best game of the season for the Bellingham Slam, as he scored 27 points and picked up 12 rebounds in the Slam's 143-126 victory over the Vancouver Volcanoes in the 2014 International Basketball League Championship game on June 29 in Vancouver. It was the third straight IBL Championship for the Slam.
For his efforts, Bragg picked up Most Valuable Player honors at the conclusion of the title game. Both his scoring and rebounding numbers were season highs, and his 27 points came from 9-of-10 shooting from the field. He also provided an important presence on defense and frustrated Vancouver's post players throughout the game.
Bragg was playing the Championship game in familiar environs as the contest was held at Clark College, where Bragg spent two seasons before transferring to Western Washington.
Bragg was one of several former WWU stars to make contributions in the title game, with Morris Anderson leading the Slam in scoring with 31 points. Tyler Amaya, who began the season as the team's head coach before assuming the role of player-coach midway through the 2014 campaign, added 28 points on 6-of-10 shooting from three-point range.
Competing in eight games for the Slam in 2014, Bragg missing a significant chunk of the regular season after being selected to participate in an exhibition basketball tour of China in May and June. On the season, he averaged 14.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and a team-leading 1.3 blocks per game.
Bragg is the first rookie and third former Viking to earn MVP honors. Amaya and Anderson were both tabbed for the award in 2008 and 2012, respectively, following championship wins for the Slam.
Viking Jam Set for Wednesday at 7 pm
The WWU basketball teams will be showcased at WECU Court in Carver Gym
Blue-White Game Saturday Opens Men's Hoops Preseason
The annual Blue-White scrimmage is set for Saturday at 5 pm on WECU Court at Carver Gym
Vikings Men's Hoops Selected for National ESPN3 Game
WWU’s Feb. 1 game at Central Washington will stream live on ESPN3
Men's Basketball Announces 2017-18 Schedule
WWU will play 28 regular-season games in return to Carver Gym
Men's Hoops Helps Move in New Students to WWU Dorms
Vikings role up sleeves for campus and community service
Three Vikings Named to NABC Honors Court
WWU Men's Basketball earns the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award for team GPA over 3.0
Stafford Dominating Seattle's Crawsover Pro-Am
2016-17 GNAC Player of the Year is averaging 34.0 points per game
Vikings Add Pair of Transfers from Cerritos College
Tyler Payne and Micah Winn set to join WWU for 2017-18 season after standout careers at Cerritos College
Stafford to Play Professionally in Iceland
Feature story on Taylor Stafford in the Western Front
Parker and Stafford to Play for Bellingham Slam
WWU basketball standouts to play in 2017 Seattle Pro-Am League
2016-17 Men's Basketball Season in Review
The Vikings won the GNAC Regular-Season and Conference Tournament Title
Taylor Stafford To Play Professionally in Iceland
Stafford was the 2016-17 GNAC Player of the Year and a First Team All-American
Alumni Edge Slam in Back 2 Bellingham Battle
David Gage and Anye Turner combine for 60 points for the WWU Alumni squad
Alumni Men's Basketball Game Set for Saturday
Former WWU basketball players will take the court in an exhibition game vs. the Bellingham Slam
Men's Basketball Banquet To Celebrate Season
GNAC champion Vikings will hold 2016-17 banquet May 2 at Bellingham Golf & Country Club