WWU pulls away to win at Alaska-Anchorage, 104-89

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 2, 2014 

Guard Richard Woodworth had 24 points, reaching the 1,000-point mark in career scoring, and helping Western Washington University defeat University of Alaska Anchorage, 104-89, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday between two nationally ranked teams at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex.

Center Austin Bragg had game-highs of 25 points and 12 rebounds and forward Joey Schreiber added 22 points as the Vikings, ranked No. 15 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in the GNAC.

The Vikings trailed only once, at 3-2, and used a 10-0 run midway through the period to open up a 27-12 lead with 11:10 left in the first half. Woodworth had four points and an assist in the burst. The margin remained in double digits the rest of the half and WWU held a 46-33 lead at halftime.

WWU went scoreless for a span of four minutes early in the second half, allowing UAA to pull within five, 61-56, on a Stafford 3-pointer with 12:42 remaining. Schreiber responded with back-to-back treys to push the margin back to 11, but the Seawolves were still within seven, 71-64, with under nine minutes remaining.

The Vikings then put the game away with another 10-0 run, capped by a Bragg tip-in that put WWU up, 81-64, with 4:55 to go. The Seawolves got to within nine in the final minute, but no closer.

Woodworth became the 24th player in WWU history to reach the 1000-point plateau on a basket with 9:31 remaining. He concluded the game with 1,011 career points.

The Vikings shot 57.1 percent (32 of 56) from the field, and had a 38-32 advantage in rebounds. WWU, which entered the contest leading NCAA II in blocked shots at 6.9 a game, had 10 blocks Thursday, with Anye Turner getting four, and Bragg and Woodworth each notching two.

The triumph snapped a two-game losing streak for the Vikings, their longest skid in the last three seasons.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 104, ALASKA ANCHORAGE 89

WESTERN WASHINGTON (9-2, 3-0 GNAC)

Bragg,Austin 7-8 11-12 25; Woodworth,Richard 7-14 10-12 24; Schreiber,Joey 7-13 5-8 22; Turner,Anye 6-7 1-1 13; Harris,Robert 2-5 1-2 6; Parker,Jeffrey 1-3 2-2 5; Mitchell,Colby 1-1 2-2 4; Davis,Alfred 1-5 2-2 4; Hopkins,Mark 0-0 1-3 1; Oliver,Robert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-56 35-44 104.

ALASKA ANCHORAGE (8-5, 1-1 GNAC)

Stafford,Teancum 7-16 4-5 23; McGill,Brian 7-18 8-8 22; Fossman,Kyle 6-13 5-5 22; Leckband,Christian 2-4 2-2 7; Thompson,Travis 1-10 2-2 5; Mears,Brad 2-3 0-0 4; Lauwers,Colton 1-5 0-0 3; Blossom,Boomer 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 27-71 22-24 89.

Half: WWU 46, AA 33

3-point goals--Western Washington 5-13 (Schreiber,Joey 3-6; Parker,Jeffrey 1-3; Harris,Robert 1-1; Davis,Alfred 0-1; Woodworth,Richard 0-2), Alaska Anchorage 13-35 (Stafford,Teancum 5-11; Fossman,Kyle 5-10; Thompson,Travis 1-8; Leckband,Christian 1-2; Lauwers,Colton 1-3; Blossom,Boomer 0-1). Fouled out--Western Washington-None, Alaska Anchorage-Lauwers,Colton; Thompson,Travis. Rebounds--Western Washington 38 (Bragg,Austin 12), Alaska Anchorage 32 (Stafford,Teancum 6; McGill,Brian 6). Assists-Western Washington 18 (Davis,Alfred 4; Turner,Anye 4; Woodworth,Richard 4), Alaska Anchorage 18 (McGill,Brian 9). Total fouls--Western Washington 22, Alaska Anchorage 24. Technical fouls--Western Washington-None, Alaska Anchorage-TEAM. A-713

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