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.
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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.