Guard Richard Woodworth led a balanced attack with 18 points and four assists, as the Western Washington University men's basketball team defeated Notre Dame de Namur University 77-67 in the regular-season opener for both schools on Friday, Nov. 15, at Sam Carver Gymnasium.
The 10th-ranked Vikings also got 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds from center Austin Bragg in extending their school and conference record home-court win streak to 28 games.
Guard Simon Enciso led NDNU with 17 points, scoring 15 points on 7-of-11 field-goal shooting in the second half. Micah Dunhour and Zach Ginter each added 11.
WWU led by as many as 18 points and held a 63-46 advantage with just over 10 minutes remaining, but the Argonauts used an 11-2 run to narrow the margin to 65-57 with 6:19 to go. NDNU eventually pulled within six on two occasions, the last time at 73-67 on two Geoff Hartman free throws with 1:13 left, but got no closer.
Joey Schreiber opened his WWU career by scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 field-goal shooting, and another newcomer, Robert Harris Jr., a transfer from NCAA Division I Idaho, had 11 points.
WWU never trailed, and used a 12-3 run to close the first half and take a 44-27 lead at halftime.