Forward Jeffrey Parker scored a game-high 16 points and center Anye Turner had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots as Western Washington University concluded its trip to Puerto Rico on Saturday, Nov. 22, by defeating American University, 85-68, in a men’s basketball exhibition game in Bayamon , Puerto Rico.
The Vikings, ranked No. 11 in the NABC/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25, also got 11 points each from guard Ricardo Maxwell and reserve post-player Blake Bowen.
AUPR got 12 points apiece from Joseph Marrero and Christopher Rodriguez, and Jerome Romero added 11.
WWU trailed by eight points, 27-19, midway through the first half, but came back to tie the game at halftime, 35-35.
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The Vikings opened the second half with a 14-5 run for a 49-40 lead and extended that to 20, 71-51, with 5:46 to play. Their biggest lead was 25 points, 85-60, with 1:44 left.
WWU held AUPR to 39.7 percent (25 of 63) field-goal shooting and had a 50-30 rebound advantage.
The Vikings host thier next three games starting with a 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday, Nov. 25, against Multnomah University at Sam Carver Gym.