Parker leads Vikings past NNU

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDFebruary 20, 2014 

Forward Jeffrey Parker scored a team-high 25 points as Western Washington University bounced back from two narrow road losses to defeat Northwest Nazarene University 84-72 on Thursday, Feb. 20, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Center Austin Bragg had 23 points and game-highs of 13 rebounds, five steals and four blocked shots as the Vikings improved to 17-6 overall and remain second in the GNAC standings at 11-4. They are 13-1 at home this season and have won 40 of their last 41 at Carver Gym.

NNU fell to 5-18 overall and 3-12 in the GNAC with its 10 straight loss despite a game-high 27 points by forward Kevin Rima. Rima, who was 10-of-15 from the field, also had a team-high eight rebounds.

The Vikings held a 38-35 lead at halftime and were up by 13, 71-58, with a little over eight minutes left, before NNU rallied with nine straight points, the last four by Rima, to pull within four, 71-67, with 6:11 to go.

But WWU then took control as Robert Harris, Jr. hit a layup and a free throw, and then Richard Woodworth converted a steal into a breakaway layup to push the margin back to nine. The Vikings' lead was never under seven after that.

Harris finished with 17 points and was 5 of 5 on free throws as the Vikings were 18-of-20 (90 percent) at the charity stripe. WWU also had a 35-23 advantage on the boards, grabbing 16 offensive rebounds.

Mario Donaldson had 16 points and Michael Loomis added 10 for the Crusaders, who shot 50.0 percent (25 of 50) from the field.

The first half featured eight ties and nine lead changes as NNU shot 59.1 percent (13 of 22) from the floor.

The Vikings entertain arch-rival Central Washington University on Saturday (7 p.m.) in a regionally televised GNAC counter.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 84, NORTHWEST NAZARENE 72

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (5-18, 3-12 GNAC)

Rima,Kevin 10-15 7-8 27; Donaldson,Mario 7-12 2-4 16; Loomis,Michael 3-7 2-2 10; Perryman,Shayne 1-1 5-5 8; Hering,Matyas 2-3 1-1 5; Moore,Grayson 1-5 0-0 3; Isaak,Derek 1-6 0-0 3; Van Beuren,John 0-0 0-0 0; Olivier,Pol 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-50 17-20 72.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (17-6, 11-4 GNAC)

Parker,Jeffrey 9-19 2-2 25; Bragg,Austin 9-12 4-4 23; Harris,Robert 5-12 5-517; Woodworth,Richard 3-13 2-2 9; Turner,Anye 0-2 5-6 5; Thorpe,Dane 1-2 0-1 3; Mitchell,Colby 1-1 0-0 2; Oliver,Robert 0-0 0-0 0; Abe,Dana 0-1 0-0 0; Schreiber,Joey 0-1 0-0 0; Davis,Alfred 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 18-20 84.

Half: WWU 38, NNU 35

3-point goals--Northwest Nazarene 5-15 (Loomis,Michael 2-5; Perryman,Shayne 1-1; Isaak,Derek 1-3; Moore,Grayson 1-3; Hering,Matyas 0-1; Donaldson,Mario 0-2), Western Washington 10-26 (Parker,Jeffrey 5-11; Harris,Robert 2-6; Woodworth,Richard 1-6; Thorpe,Dane 1-1; Bragg,Austin 1-1; Schreiber,Joey 0-1). Fouled out--Northwest Nazarene-None, Western Washington-None.

Rebounds--Northwest Nazarene 23 (Rima,Kevin 8), Western Washington 35 (Bragg,Austin 13). Assists--Northwest Nazarene 14 (Loomis,Michael 4), Western Washington 22 (Turner,Anye 6). Total fouls--Northwest Nazarene 18, Western Washington 18. Technical fouls--Northwest Nazarene-None, Western Washington-None. A-727

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