Western to host 11th Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic
Nov. 23, 2009
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -
Riding a four-game winning streak, Western Washington University hosts the 11th Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Men's Basketball Classic this weekend on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings have won their last 12 games at the Randall Classic and 17 of 20 overall, tying or winning the last six championships and seven of 10 overall. There was no tournament last season.
Western meets Academy of Art CA on Friday (7 p.m.) and Grand Canyon AZ on Saturday (7 p.m.). Saint Martin's (3-0) completes the four-team field, playing Grand Canyon on Friday (3 p.m.) and Academy of Art on Saturday (3 p.m.).
It will be Family Night at WWU Basketball both days with a family of four being admitted for just $16. Sponsoring that event are Praise 106.5 FM, Northwest Propane and the Best Western Lakeway Inn. Fans can also get $1 off admission by bringing a non-perishable food item for the Bellingham Food Bank.
All games involving the Vikings are being video streamed live and will be available free at http://www.greatnorthwest.tv. Western's game against Academy of Art will be carried live on KBAI Radio (AM 930-Bellingham) and available on internet at http://930kbai.com.
Western, 5-1, extended its victory string to four after tying for the Seattle Pacific Tip-Off Classic title last week with triumphs over Cal State Monterey Bay, 72-58, and Dominican CA, 87-72. The victory over Dominican was career win No.450 for coach Brad Jackson, who is in his 25th season directing the Vikings.
Two Western seniors were named to the all-tournament team, point guard Morris Anderson and senior forward Zach Bruce. Bruce scored 32 points on 14-of-21 field-goal shooting and grabbed 16 rebounds, and Anderson had 25 points, 14 rebounds, and 13 assists.
Earlier last week, the Vikings made their home debut with a 74-60 win over Northwest, but starting senior forward Michael Duty fractured a finger on his non-shooting left hand and is out indefinitely.
Duty was averaging a team-best 12.8 points at the time and was the second-leading rebounder at 5.8 per contest. Replacing him in the starting lineup was 7-foot senior center Dave Vanderjagt.
Senior forward Derrick Webb now leads Western in scoring, averaging 12.5 points a games. Webb has made 30 of his first 33 free throws (90.9 percent). Anderson is averaging 11.8 points, hitting 19-of-20 free throws (95.0 percent) and team highs of 5.2 assists and 2.8 steals, and Bruce tops the squad with an 8.0 rebound average and is scoring at a 9.8 clip on 61.9 field-goal shooting.
Senior guard Harold McAllister has been outstanding off the bench for the Vikings, connecting on 8-of-14 3-point attempts (57.1 percent).
As a team, Western is shooting a blistering 79.7 percent (122-of-153) at the free throw line. The school record is 78.6 percent set in 2005-06.
Freshman guard Richard Woodworth, who suffered a sprained ankle in an exhibition win over Team Another Level, missed the Northwest game and saw limited action at the Seattle Pacific tourney.
It will be the Vikings first series meeting with Academy of Art, which opened the season with two losses. They defeated Grand Canyon, 94-70, at the Disney Tip-Off Classic and hold a 3-0 series advantage. The Antelopes are 1-5 (Nov. 24 vs. Cal Baptist).
Western opened its season at the Disney Tip-Off Classic on Oct. 30-Nov. 1, tying for first place with wins over Grand Canyon, 94-70, and San Francisco State, 71-52, sandwiched around a 71-58 loss to Kentucky Wesleyan.
Duty was named MVP at the Disney Classic, and Webb also was selected to the all-tourney team.
THREE-DOT NOTES: Webb missed all of last season because of a broken wrist suffered during preseason practice ... Both Bruce and senior guard Andrew Ready missed last season after being top reserves in 2007-08. Bruce was a redshirt and Ready took a year off from school to work.
MO PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN: Western point guard Morris Anderson received honorable mention recognition on The Sporting News 2009-10 Preseason NCAA Division II All-America Team. He is one of two returning starters from last season's 21-6 team that won the school's first outright Great Northwest Athletic Conference title and earned an automatic berth in the West Regional of the NCAA II National Tournament.
Anderson averaged 12.6 points, 6.1 assists and 5.4 rebounds in 2008-09, earning GNAC Newcomer of the Year and first-team all-star honors. He ranked ninth nationally in steals (2.7) and No.12 in assists with the third highest average in school history.
Anderson scored a team season-best 30 points in an 83-68 win at Northwest Nazarene on Jan. 15, 2009. He had 13 assists versus Northwest, the most by a Viking player since 1989. Anderson nearly had triple-doubles in two of Western's final three regular-season games. He had 15 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists in an 85-68 win over Central Washington; and 11 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds in a 76-68 victory at Montana State Billings.
SILVER ANNIVERSARY FOR COACH JACKSON: Brad Jackson is in his 25th season, the longest tenure of any coach in Western history in any sport. He is the most successful men's coach in school history, both in total wins (450-258) and winning percentage (.636). Jackson ranks No.18 among active NCAA II coaches in victories and No.38 in winning percentage. Jackson was named GNAC Coach of the Year last year, directing the Vikings to their 17th post-season playoff appearance and 10th 20-win season during his tenure. In 2001, Jackson directed Western to a 27-4 record and the semifinals of the NCAA II National Championship, being named NABC/NCAA II West Region, Northwest small college and Pacific West Conference Coach of the Year.
RADIO BROADCASTS: Selected Western games are being broadcast this season on KBAI Radio (930 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://www.greatnorthwest.tv. For up-to-date statistics, box scores of every game, records, stories, etc., see the Western 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 WESTERN STARTERS & TOP RESERVES:
G Morris Anderson, 6-3, *Sr., Federal Way, WA/Federal Way/Highline CC G Andrew Ready, 6-1, *Sr., Chicago, IL/Westinghouse/Bakersfield College C Dave Vanderjagt, 7-0, *Sr., Townsville, Australia/Townsville State/Montana F Zach Bruce, 6-8, *Sr., Oceanside, CA/Oceanside/Highline CC F Derrick Webb, 6-3, *Sr., Port Orchard, WA/South Kitsap/Highline CC
Nov. 16 - WESTERN 74, Northwest 60 at Bellingham, Wash.
McAllister scored 14 consecutive points for Western to help break open a tight contest and lead the Vikings to a 74-60 victory over Northwest in a non-conference game on Haggen Court at Carver Gym. Anderson had a game-high 15 points for Western, which was playing its home opener. Northwest was led by the 14 points of center Greg George. Guards Rich Skillman and Stedman Richardson each had 13 points for the Eagles. Western never trailed, opening up a 40-20 lead late in the first half and holding a 42-28 advantage at halftime. But Northwest rallied, pulling to within five, 55-50, on a layin by Tyson Christie with 8:30 to play. Severson scored a layin for the Vikings before McAllister took over, hitting a trio of 3-pointers, then a reverse layin, and finally capping the 14-point explosion with another 3-pointer, giving Western a 71-54 lead with 3:58 to play and effectively putting the contest out of reach. The 14 points came in a span of less than four minutes and were McAllister's entire output for the contest, although he also had a team-high four assists. Webb had 12 points for Western, which was 18-of-22 (81.6 percent) on free throws.
Nov. 20 - WESTERN 72, Cal State Monterey Bay 58 at Seattle, Wash.
Western allowed just four field goals during the final 16:30 of the first half as the Vikings rolled over Cal State Monterey Bay, 72-58, in opening-day action at the Seattle Pacific Tip-Off Classic at Royal Brougham Pavilion. The Vikings got a team-high 14 points from Bruce, and 12 each from Webb and Ready, who also had four assists. The loss evened CSUMB's record at 1-1. The Otters were led by the game-high 20 points of Keith Wilson. Western held the Otters to 31.3 percent (20-of-64) field-goal shooting and had eight blocked shots, three by Vanderjagt, who was making his first start of the season. Trailing 10-9 after the first five minutes, the Vikings went on a 27-6 run to lead 36-16 with 3:30 left in the first half following two free throws by Severson. Mitchell came off the bench to score six of his eight points during that run. Western, which led 43-23 at halftime, increased its lead to as many as 24 points, 53-29, with 12:34 left after a jumper by Vanderjagt, and was ahead by 21, 64-43, with 5:31 to go. Anderson grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds, and Blanche added nine points. The Vikings shot 50.0 percent (16-of-32) from the floor in the first half, but just 27.6 percent (8-of-29) in the second.
Nov. 21 - WESTERN 87, Dominican 72 at Seattle, Wash.
Anderson had 20 points, nine assists, six steals, four rebounds and three blocked shots as Western defeated Dominican CA, 87-72, in final-day action at the Seattle Pacific Tip-Off Classic at Royal Brougham Pavilion. It was career victory No. 450 for Western coach Brad Jackson, who is in his 25th season directing the Vikings. Dominican, 0-3, was led by the game-high 28 points of guard Austin Bryan. The Penguins are in their first year as a member of NCAA Division II. Anderson was one of five double-figure scorers for Western. Bruce had a double-double with 18 points, 16 in the first half, and a game-high 11 rebounds. Webb added 16 points, and McAllister and Blanche came off the bench to score 10 each. Western opened the game with a 19-4 run over the first 5:24 as Bruce scored eight points and Anderson hit two 3-pointers, and the Vikings led 44-34 at halftime. Dominican outscored Western, 16-8, in the first 6:27 of the second half to trail by just two, 52-50, and the Penguins were within one, 66-65 with 5:36 remaining. But the Vikings scored 21 of the last 28 points, McAllister and Webb each scoring seven, to close out the contest. Anderson hit 6-of-12 from the field, 4-of-9 from 3-point range, and made all four of his free throws. Bruce was 8-of-12 from the floor, Blanche 4-of-7 and McAllister did not miss a shoot, hitting two 3-pointers and converting four free throws. The Vikings were 21-of-28 (75 percent) at the line and had a 38-28 rebound advantage. Alex Ward and Killian Larson each scored 10 points for Dominican, Larson hitting 5-of-7 floor shots.
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