It may have been 82 degrees, but Western Washington University had a cold shooting night in an 84-78 loss to University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Complejo Deportive UPRB.
The No. 11 Vikings fell to 2-1, as they made just 17 of 32 free throws, 53.1 percent, and connected on just 5 of 20 3-pointers.
WWU led 46-40 at halftime, but fell behind by as many as 13 points, 76-63, in the second half.
“In the second half, they got more physical and we got a bunch of free throws, but we missed some critical free throws,” WWU head coach Tony Dominguez said.
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“Our guys just didn’t shoot well. If we had made our free throws and our shots, we hit just 25 percent on threes, we would have been fine. It’s a very different environment here with half the court inside and the other half outside.”
Jaamon Echols scored a game-high 22 points for WWU. Kyle Impero (had 17 points, Ricardo Maxwell 15 and Jeffrey Parker 12.
WWU had a 38-32 advantage in rebounds. Anye Turner tied for game-high honors with nine and blocked shots. Parker and Joey Schreiber each had six boards.
PR-Bayamon got a team-high 18 points from Jesus Marqeuz. Victor Caratini had 16 and Abdiel Mojica 15. Alexus Parrilla grabbed nine rebounds.
WWU turned the ball over 16 times to nine for PR-Bayamon.
The Vikings play Puerto Rico-Rio Piedros on Wednesday, Nov. 19.