For the second time in two days, Western Washington University was unable to hold onto a six-point halftime lead, falling 91-76 to University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the Complejo Deportive UPRB in Bayamon, Puerto Rico.
The Vikings, ranked No. 11 in the NABC/NCAA Division II Preseason Top 25, had their record evened at 2-2. They led 39-33 at halftime, but were outscored 58-37 in the final 20 minutes.
WWU got 42 of its points from the guard combo of Jaamon Echols and Ricardo Maxwell. Echols scored 22 points, making 6 of 10 from the field and 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Maxwell had 20 points on 7-of-14 floor shooting.
Together, Echols and Maxwell hit 54.2 percent from the field, 13 of 24. The rest of the Vikings managed just 29.7 percent, 11 of 37.
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Also scoring in double figures for WWU was Jeffrey Parker with 10 points.
PR-Rio Piedras got a game-high 28 points from Brian Martinez on 11 of 16 field-goal shooting. Omar de Jesus had 14 points and Joseph Hernandez 10 for the Gallitos, who shot 52.2 percent (36 of 69) from the floor.
On Tuesday, Nov. 18, WWU lost 84-78 to University of Puerto Rico at Bayamon at the Complejo Deportive UPRB.
The No. 11 Vikings made just 17 of 32 free throws, 53.1 percent, and connected on just 5 of 20 3-pointers.
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.