Woodworth unable to hit game-tying buzzer beater


Guard Richard Woodworth had team-highs of 24 points and seven assists but had a game-tying 3-pointer rim out at the buzzer as Western Washington University completed its regular-season with an 88-85 loss at Western Oregon University on Saturday afternoon in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men's basketball contest in the New P.E. Building on the WOU campus.

Center Austin Bragg added 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, his GNAC-leading 11th double-double of the season, for the Vikings, who fell to 19-7 overall and remain second in the GNAC at 13-5. As the No.2 seed, they earn a first-round bye at next week's GNAC Tournament at Lacey.

Rodney Webster came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points for Western Oregon, which improved to 17-11 overall and 10-8 in the GNAC with their sixth win in the last seven games. Andy Avgi added 20 points for the Wolves, who finished 11-4 at home this season, and Marwan Sarhan had 15.

The Vikings trailed by as much as 12 points in the second half, but used a 16-4 run in a little over five minutes for a 68-67 lead with 7:50 to play. WWU eventually took an 83-78 lead on a Joey Schreiber 3-pointer with2:54 left before WOU rallied.

Webster hit a 3-pointer, then made a pair of free throws on consecutive possessions, giving the Wolves an 85-83 advantage with 1:14 left.

The Vikings had one last chance after Lewis Thomas hit one of two free throws for WOU for a three-point advantage with four seconds left. Woodworth, who hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to beat Central Washington last week, drove upcourt and pulled up from 30 feet, but his shot kicked off the rim at the buzzer.

Forward Jeffrey Parker had 14 points for WWU, and Schreiber added 13 points and nine rebounds.

WOU had a big advantage at the foul line, hitting 30-of-37 (81.1 percent) to only 12-of-19 (63.2 percent) for WWU.

The Vikings trailed 43-37 at halftime. There were eight ties and 16 lead changes in the game.

On Thursday, March 6, at 5:15 p.m., WWU plays the winner of Wednesday's Alaska Fairbanks/Montana State Billings contest in a GNAC tourney semifinal. The semifinal winners advance to Saturday's championship contest, which also tips off at 5:15 p.m.


WESTERN WASHINGTON: Woodworth,Richard 24; Parker,Jeffrey 14; Schreiber,Joey 13; Bragg,Austin 12; Turner,Anye 8; Harris,Robert 6; Thorpe,Dane 4; Abe,Dana 2; Oliver,Robert 2; Mitchell,Colby 0. Totals 32-70 12-19 85.

WESTERN OREGON: Webster,Rodney 25; Avgi,Andy 20; Sarhan,Marwan 15; Alexander,Devon 9; Hastings,Adam 6; Schriber,Jordan 4; Wiley,Jordan 4; Johnson,Drew 3; Thomas,Lewis 1; DupreeTurner,Dezmond 1. Totals 27-64 30-37 88.

Half: Western Oregon 43, WWU 37

3-point goals--Western Washington 9 (Schreiber,Joey 3), Western Oregon 4 (Webster,Rodney 2-3). Rebounds--Western Washington 44 (Bragg,Austin 13), Western Oregon 41 (Hastings,Adam 7; Sarhan,Marwan 7). Assists-Western Washington 18 (Woodworth,Richard 7), Western Oregon 11 (Wiley,Jordan 3; Alexander,Devon 3). Total fouls--Western Washington 25, Western Oregon 20.

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