Western Washington senior center Blake Bowen scored a career-high 24 points to lead the Vikings to a 104-60 victory over Simon Fraser University Tuesday, Jan. 26, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game in Burnaby, B.C.
The Vikings opened the second half of the conference season with their third consecutive victory to 13-7 overall and 7-4 in GNAC play. Simon Fraser drops to 1-16 overall and 0-11 in conference play.
Bowen made the most of his third career start scoring a game-high 24 points while going 9-for-12 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range. The 6-9 center added 6 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots.
Sophomore guards Blake Fernandez and Brad Wallace also notched career highs in points with 11 and 10 respectively.
Senior point guard Ricardo Maxwell contributed 13 points in 19 points and junior forward Jeffrey Parker was 4 for 9 from the field while also scoring 13 points. Redshirt freshman Trey Drechsel recorded a career-high 10 rebounds.
WWU shot 56.3 (36 for 64) from the field and equaled its best three-point shooting night of the season hitting 12 of 24 from beyond the arc. The Vikings also totaled a season-high 16 steals to help lead to 22 SFU turnovers. Fernandez recorded five steals, the most by a WWU player this season.
The Vikings held a 12-point lead (43-31) at halftime with Bowen leading the way with 16 points (6-for-8 FG, 4-for-6 3FG) and four rebounds. WWU shot 53.1 percent from the field in the half on 17 for 32 from the field and 7 for 14 from 3-point range. Maxwell added seven points and Parker added six points.