Vikings entertain Multnomah on Saturday afternoon
Dec. 28, 2008
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Looking to snap a two-game losing streak, the Western Washington University men's basketball team entertains Multnomah University OR in a non-conference contest Saturday (3 p.m.) on Haggen Court at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
It will be the first home appearance in over a month for the 6-2 Vikings, who took a 15-day break for Christmas following a mid-December road trip to Utah and Nevada. They lost 86-84 in overtime at Dixie State, then fell 73-60 to Cal Poly Pomona in the only game played at their Great Western Shootout in Las Vegas following a rare winter storm.
Saturday's contest is an exhibition for Multnomah, a member of the National Christian Colleges Association of America. The Lions are 4-11 in counting games, losing their last four.
Five Western players are averaging double-figure points, led by first-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all-star senior guard Ira Graham, who is averaging 17.3 points per game. Graham, who has scored 10 or more points in every game this season, is shooting 53.3 percent (49-of-92) from the field.
Junior point guard Morris Anderson leads the Vikings in both assists and steals with respective averages of 7.3 and 3.5. He also is averaging 11.5 points and 4.8 rebounds.
Senior center Calin Schell, junior forward Michael Duty and senior guard/forward Steve Alford are each averaging just over 10 points a game for Western. Schell leads the team in rebounds with a 7.6 average, over half of them coming on the offensive glass.
Multnomah is paced by 6-foot-1 junior forward Nicolaas Kamlade, who is averaging 20.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists. He scored a team-best 35 points in one game this season.
Also averaging double-figure points for sixth year coach Curt Bickley are 6-0 sophomore guard Tyler Yates (13.9), who has a 30-point game, and 5-8 sophomore guard Mike Woodward (11.1), who also averages 3.6 assists.
Western, which opened the season with six wins, shot just 40.7 percent (57-of-140) from the floor in its two losses. That included 25.5 percent (12-of-47) from 3-point range.
Following the Multnomah contest, the Vikings begin GNAC play at Montana State Billings on Thursday, Jan. 8.
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