Woodworth leads WWU men past Central

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJanuary 24, 2014 

ELLENSBURG - Guard Richard Woodworth scored 28 points, leading Western Washington University to a 99-94 triumph over arch-rival Central Washington University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest Thursday at Nicholson Pavilion on the CWU campus.

Center Austin Bragg added 21 points for WWU, which improved to 12-4 overall and 6-2 in the GNAC.

Guard Mark McLaughlin had a game-high 43 points, the most by a GNAC player this season, for CWU, which fell to 8-8 overall and 4-4 in the GNAC.

The Vikings trailed at halftime, 42-40, but opened the second half with nine straight points, capped by a Bragg fast break dunk, to take a 49-42 lead with 17:53 to play, and eventually opened up a 10-point advantage, 66-56, with 11:45 left.

Central twice pulled within one, the last time at 75-74 on two McLaughlin free throws with just over six minutes left. But the Vikings used another burst of nine straight points to reassert control, this one in a 90-second span, taking an 84-74 lead with 4:20 to play.

The Wildcats pulled as close as three points in the dying moments, but never had a possession with a chance to tie, as Woodworth made eight consecutive free throws in the final minute.

Five players scored in double figures for WWU, as forward Jeffrey Parker had 15 points, guard Robert Harris, Jr. added 13, and Colby Mitchell came off the bench to score 12 and grab a team-high eight rebounds.

Center Kevin Davis had 14 points for CWU, which shot 52.2 percent (35 of 67) from the field. McLaughlin, who entered the contest second among NCAA Division II scorers nationally at 26.4 points a game, was 14 of 22 from the field, including 3 of 7 on 3-pointers, and 12 of 14 on free throws.

It was the 10th victory for WWU in the last 12 meetings with Central.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 99, CENTRAL WASHINGTON 94

WESTERN WASHINGTON (12-4, 6-2 GNAC)

Woodworth,Richard 6-11 13-14 28; Bragg,Austin 8-16 4-4 21; Parker,Jeffrey 6-9 1-2 15; Harris,Robert 5-12 1-3 13; Mitchell,Colby 4-8 3-7 12; Turner,Anye 2-5 2-2 6; Abe,Dana 1-3 0-0 2; Oliver,Robert 1-1 0-2 2; Mosby-Barber,Jordan 0-1 0-0 0; Thorpe,Dane 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-66 24-34 99.

CENTRAL WASHINGTON (8-8, 4-4 GNAC)

McLaughlin,Mark 14-22 12-14 43; Davis,Kevin 7-11 0-1 14; Russell,Jordan 4-11 3-4 13; Pillard,JB 5-11 3-4 13; Vaughn,Julian 4-5 0-0 8; Peake,Jalen 1-3 0-0 3; Budinich,Jeff 0-1 0-0 0; Rodgers,Marc 0-2 0-0 0; Dawn,Terry 0-0 0-0 0; Roppo,Joey 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-67 18-23 94.

Half: CWU 42, WWU 40

3-point goals--Western Washington 9-22 (Woodworth,Richard 3-5; Harris,Robert 2-4; Parker,Jeffrey 2-5; Bragg,Austin 1-5; Mitchell,Colby 1-2; Mosby-Barber,Jordan 0-1), Central Washington 6-21 (McLaughlin,Mark 3-7; Russell,Jordan 2-4; Peake,Jalen 1-3; Budinich,Jeff 0-1; Rodgers,Marc 0-2; Roppo,Joey 0-1; Pillard,JB 0-1; Davis,Kevin 0-2). Fouled out-Western Washington-Turner,Anye; Bragg,Austin, Central Washington-Vaughn,Julian; Pillard,JB. Rebounds--Western Washington 35 (Mitchell,Colby 8), Central Washington 40 (Pillard,JB 11). Assists--Western Washington 16 (Turner,Anye 4; Woodworth,Richard 4), Central Washington 11 (Russell,Jordan 3; Pillard,JB 3). Total fouls--Western Washington 20, Central Washington 20. Technical fouls--Western Washington-None, Central Washington-None. A-1811

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