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WWU rallies from halftime deficit to beat Thompson Rivers, 95-78

Forward Jeffrey Parker scored a career-high 30 points and guard Jaamon Echols added 29 as Western Washington University overcame a six-point halftime deficit to defeat Thompson Rivers University 95-78 on Monday, Dec. 15, in a non-conference men’s basketball game at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings improved to 6-3 overall with the triumph, their 10th straight home victory. Parker had 23 points in the second half, Echols had 17 in the first half.

TRU, based in Kamloops, B.C., fell to 7-8 overall. Josh Wolfram and Reese Pribilsky each had 18 points for the Wolf Pack.

The Vikings trailed by as much as eight points in the opening half and were down, 41-35, at the half as the Wolf Pack closed the period with a 12-3 run. TRU hit 10 of its first 12 field goal attempts and shot 60 percent (18 of 30) from the field in the opening half, including 5 of 6 on 3-pointers.

WWU opened the second half with a 13-2 charge, taking a 48-43 lead with 16:42 to play. Center Anye Turner, who finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks, had seven points in the run.

The Vikings never trailed again. TRU twice pulled to within one point, the final time at 57-56 on a Gerard Gore jumper with 12:03 to go. But WWU responded with 10 straight points and never led by less than seven after that.

Ricardo Maxwell had 12 points and 12 assists for the Vikings, who shot 52.1 percent (37 of 71) from the field. TRU shot 58.6 percent (34 of 58).

Parker was 10 of 17 from the floor and 7 of 13 from 3-point range, and Echols made 12-of-22 field goals and was 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 95, THOMPSON RIVERS 78

THOMPSON RIVERS (7-8)

Pribilsky,Reese 7-11 1-2 18; Wolfram,Josh 7-14 4-5 18; Milne,Tallon 5-7 0-0 10; Aguero,Victor 4-7 0-0 9; Gore,Gerard 4-8 0-0 8; Mayorga,Josh 3-5 0-0 7; Rouault,Brett 3-3 0-0 6; Morris,Luke 1-1 0-0 2; Davis,Joe 0-1 0-0 0; Parker,Brett 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-58 5-7 78.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (6-3)

Parker,Jeffrey 10-17 3-4 30; Echols,Jaamon 12-22 1-2 29; Turner,Anye 7-12 1-1 15; Maxwell,Ricardo 4-9 2-3 12; Johnson,Mac 3-5 1-2 7; Schreiber,Joey 1-5 0-0 2; Bowen,Blake 0-0 0-0 0; Javier,Harris 0-0 0-1 0; Hopkins,Mark 0-0 0-0 0; Impero,Kyle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 37-71 8-13 95.

Half: TR 41, WWU 35

3-point field goals: Thompson Rivers 5-9 (Pribilsky,Reese 3-4; Aguero,Victor 1-1; Mayorga,Josh 1-1; Parker,Brett 0-1; Wolfram,Josh 0-2), Western Washington 13-28 (Parker,Jeffrey 7-13; Echols,Jaamon 4-9; Maxwell,Ricardo 2-4; Schreiber,Joey 0-1; Impero,Kyle 0-1). Fouled out: Thompson Rivers-Milne,Tallon, Western Washington-None. Rebounds: Thompson Rivers 33 (Milne,Tallon 8), Western Washington 29 (Turner,Anye 8). Assists: Thompson Rivers 19 (Wolfram,Josh 6), Western Washington 26 (Maxwell,Ricardo 12). Total fouls: Thompson Rivers 12, Western Washington 9. Technical fouls: Thompson Rivers-None, Western Washington-None. A-492

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