Guard John Allen scored a season-high 32 points, leading Western Washington University to a 103-74 victory over University of Central Oklahoma in final-day men's basketball action Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the 2012 South Point Holiday Hoops Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings, ranked No. 5 in this week's National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25 Poll, improved to 9-0 and the win was their 15th straight over the last two seasons. Those two strings are both the second-longest in school history.
UCO, which fell to 3-7, was led by the 20 points and seven rebounds of forward Josh Gibbs.
The Vikings led by just four, 34-30, with six minutes left in the first half, but ran off 14 straight points, including a trio of 3-pointers by Rico Wilkins, to open up a 48-30 lead with 3:06 remaining. WWU, which hit nine of its last 13 3-point attempts in the period, held a 55-37 lead at halftime.
The margin was never less than 17 in the second half, with the biggest gap being 34, at 95-61, with 5:49 remaining.
Allen, who played just 25 minutes, was 9 of 13 from the field, including 6 of 9 on 3-pointers, and 8-of-9 on free throws. He had 20 points, going 7 of 9 from the field, in the first half, when WWU shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) from the field, including 10 of 17 (58.8 percent) on 3-pointers.
"When John gets everyone involved, that's when he's at his best," WWU coach Tony Dominguez said in a news release. "He's probably one of the best shooters in the country when he's open."
Forward Paul Jones had 18 points on 6-of-9 field- goal shooting for the Vikings, and Wilkins added 13 points as all 12 WWU players scored.
The Vikings had a 45-31 rebound advantage with forward Austin Bragg grabbing a game-high 10.
WESTERN WASHINGTON 103, CENTRAL OKLAHOMA 74
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA (3-7)
Gibbs,Josh 20; Smith,Spencer 13; Cormier,Jamell 12; Huffman,Christian 8; Davis,Josh 7; Hogan,Rico 3; Strassle,Jacob 3; Andrews,Cal 3; Heckart,Seth 2; Carter,June 2; Hermanski,Garrett 1; Watson,James 0; Houston,Gabe 0. Totals 24-60 18-27 74.
WESTERN WASHINGTON (9-0)
Allen,John 32; Jones,Paul 18; Wilkins,Rico 13; Mitchell,Chris 8; Turner,Anye 6; Bragg,Austin 6; Woodworth,Richard 5; Severson,Cameron 4; Fisher,Damien 4; Thorpe,Dane 3; Davis,Alfred 2; Oliver,Robert 2. Totals 31-66 27-35 103.
Half: WWU 55, CO 37
3-point goals--Central Oklahoma 8 (Gibbs,Josh 3), Western Washington 14 (Allen,John 6). Fouled out-Central Oklahoma-None, Western Washington-Fisher,Damien. Rebounds--Central Oklahoma 31 (Gibbs,Josh 7), Western Washington 45 (Bragg,Austin 10). Assists-Central Oklahoma 9 (Heckart,Seth 4), Western Washington 22 (Allen,John 4; Turner,Anye 4). Total fouls--Central Oklahoma 19, Western Washington 24. Technical fouls--Central Oklahoma-Smith,Spencer; Cormier,Jamell; TEAM 2, Western Washington-None. A-155