Western looks to remain unbeaten
Nov. 25, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Off to a 4-0 start, the Western Washington University men's basketball team completes a three-game home stand this weekend, entertaining Cameron University OK on Friday (7 p.m.) and Northwest University on Saturday (7 p.m.) on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The Vikings' game Saturday will be the nightcap of a doubleheader with Saint Martin's University meeting Cameron at 5 p.m.
Western, 4-0, is coming off a 125-69 win over Walla Walla on Monday. Last weekend, the Vikings picked up two victories at the Seattle Pacific Tip-Off Classic, defeating Cal State San Bernardino, 73-67, and Mary ND, 71-64.
Western guard Ira Graham (Sr., Fontana, CA) is averaging a team-leading 18.3 points per game, shooting 65.9 percent (27-of-41) from the field and 84.2 percent (16-of-19) at the free throw line.
Also averaging double figures for the Vikings are forward Calin Schell (Sr., Chelan) at 13.8 and forward Michael Duty (Jr., Seattle/O'Dea) at 10.8. Schell tops the squad in rebounds with a 7.8 average and Duty is grabbing 5.8 per game.
Western point guard Morris Anderson (Jr., Federal Way) is averaging 8.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and a team-best 6.5 assists.
Cameron has posted wins in its first two games, 73-50 over Hillsdale Free-Will Baptist and 79-59 over Oklahoma Panhandle State.
The Aggies are led by 6-foot-2 junior forward Kallan Glasgow, who is averaging 18.0 points and 19.0 rebounds. Two other double-figure scorers for Cameron are 5-10 senior guard Dave Smith at 16.0 and 6-5 senior forward Chad Allan at 12.5.
Northwest, 4-3 (at Multnomah Bible on Feb. 25), has two standout players in 6-2 senior guard Eddie Coulson, who played for the Vikings, and 6-9 sophomore forward Greg George. They are both averaging 16.0 points per game and were both named to the Lewis-Clark State Invitational all-tournament team.
Saint Martin's is 7-2 and riding a six-game winning streak. The Saints are coming off an 83-76 win at NCAA Division I Colorado State.
Leading Saint Martin's is 5-11 senior guard Jake Linton, who is averaging 23.4 points and 4.1 assists. He led the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in scoring last year with a 19.0 average and was the NCAA II national free-throw champion with a 96.4 percentage (162-of-168).
Two other top players for the Saints are 6-8 senior center Bill Richardson (17.3 ppg) and 6-5 sophomore forward Blake Poole (15.8), the 2007-08 GNAC Freshman of the Year.
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