The defending national champions are headed back to the NCAA Division II national semifinals.
The Western Washington University men's basketball team beat Florida Southern 96-82 on Thursday, March 28, at Louisville, Ky.
The Vikings (31-2) move on to the 11:30 a.m. (PDT) semifinal on Saturday, March 30, against the winner of the Drury-South Carolina Aiken quarterfinal, which will be played later Thursday.
Western used an impressive first-half shooting performance to build a double-digit lead, and the Vikings were able to hold off a determined Moccasins squad in the second half, despite committing 31 personal fouls and turning the ball over 21 times.
The Vikings shot an impressive 58.1 percent from the field in the half, hitting 25 of 43 attempts. At times, they were shooting better than 60 percent. The Mocs, meanwhile, hit 14 of 32 shots for a 43.8 percent.
After the game was tied at 12 on a 3-point play by FSC's Kevin Capers, Western went on a 14-4 run to take a 10-point advantage. The Vikings continued to stretch the lead to as many as 17, 53-36 when Jon Allen hit a 3-pointer with 3:13 left in the half.
But after scoring 59 points in the first half, Western seemed a little more lethargic in the second.
Western rebuilt a 17-point lead in the second half, when Allen hit a jumper with 17:35 to play in the game, but the Mocs managed to whittle their deficit down to 10 when Dominic Lane hit a 3-pointer with 14:03 to play.
But that was about as close as FSC would get, as the Vikings and Mocs basically traded buckets until late in the game.
Allen scored a team-high 22 points for Western, while Austin Bragg, who was strong early, finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Paul Jones had 10 points, while Cam Severson and Rico Wilkins came off the bench to score 14 and nine points, respectively.
Kevin Capers came off the bench to lead five Mocs in double figures with 27 points.