Cal State San Bernardino 87, Western Washington 66
Dec. 20, 2006
Las Vegas, Nev --- Tournament MVP Prentice Harris scored a game-high 26 points as nationally ranked Cal State San Bernardino defeated host Western Washington, 86-67,in men's basketball action Wednesday to close out the first Great Western Shootout at Valley High School.
CSUSB, ranked No.24 in the latest NABC/NCAA Division I Coaches Top 25, improved to 7-2 with its sixth consecutive triumph. Forward Yoseph Yaisrael added 16 points for the Coyotes.
Western, which was led by the 13 points and eight rebounds of forward Lukas Henne (Sr., Bremerton/Central Kitsap), fell to 5-4 with its third straight loss. It is the first three-game losing streak for the Vikings since the 2003-04 season, and ironically the third loss in that string was to Cal State San Bernardino in Las Vegas shortly before Christmas.
CSUSB broke the game open midway through the first half, using a 14-2 run in a 3:21 span to take a 28-13 lead with 4:36 left in the period.
The Coyotes held a 35-21 lead at halftime and the margin was never less than 17 points in the final 13 minutes. Their biggest advantage was 27 points, 66-39, with 10:37 remaining.
Guard Ira Graham (So., Fontana) had 12 points on four second-half 3-pointers for Western, which shot just 39.2 percent (20-of-51) from the field and committed 25 turnovers.
Harris, a senior guard, was 8-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-7 on 3-pointers, and hit all six of his free throws. He was joined on the all-tournament team by Graham, CSUSB center Ivan Johnson, and three Cal Poly Pomona players - center Kaelen Daniels, guard Dion Cook and guard Billy Hofman. Cal Poly Pomona defeated Central Washington, 83-66, in the other tourney game Wednesday.
Western next entertains Dixie State College on Thurs., Dec. 28 (7 p.m.).
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