Forward Anye Turner had game-highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds, leading Western Washington University to an 84-71 triumph over Montana State University Billings in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Saturday, Jan. 18, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
WWU, ranked No.19 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 11-4 overall and 5-2 in the GNAC.
The Vikings took control of the contest early on, going on a 14-2 run to take a 21-7 lead with 11:19 left in the first half. Jeffrey Parker, who finished with 15 points, had nine of them in the charge, and Turner added the other five.
WWU extended the margin to 17 at 32-15 with 5:19 left in the half as MSUB hit just six of its first 26 shots from the field, and the Vikings held a 36-27 lead at halftime.
The Yellowjackets used a run of eight straight points in just 53 seconds to get within four, 60-56, with 10:33 to play. But MSUB went scoreless for nearly four minutes, and WWU scored 11 consecutive points of its own to open up a 71-56 advantage with 6:53 to go. The gap was never less than 13 points after that.
Guard Richard Woodworth had 16 points for the Vikings, and center Austin Bragg added 12 points and seven rebounds as WWU had a 47-37 advantage in rebounds.
WWU, which is 10-1 at Carver Gym this season, is on the road next week for two GNAC contests, beginning with Central Washington University on Thursday, Jan. 23 (7 p.m.).