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Schreiber scores 38 in WWU men’s basketball home win

Forward Joey Schreiber scored a career-high 38 points to set a school record for most points scored off the bench, leading Western Washington University to an 88-68 triumph over Montana State University Billings on Thursday, Jan. 8, in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings improved to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the GNAC, snapping a two-game losing streak. WWU has won 11 straight games at home, including seven this season, and 47 of its last 48 at home.

MSUB fell to 2-13 overall and 0-5 in the GNAC with its third straight loss. Forward Momir Gataric had 25 points for the Yellowjackets and guard Antoine Hosley added 17 off the bench. Gataric was 10 of 14 from the field and Hosley was 8 of 11, but the rest of the Yellowjackets combined were 10-of-39.

Schreiber, who also had 12 rebounds, entered the game four minutes into the contest and scored his first 17 points in leading a 20-8 charge that gave the Vikings a 31-20 lead with 5:28 left in the half. His eventual 38 points are tied for eighth in school history. He was 13 of 21 from the field, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers, and made all six of his free-throw attempts.

Jeffrey Parker had 17 points for the Vikings, Mac Johnson added a season-high 15 along with nine rebounds, and Anye Turner had 11 points and five blocked shots.

WWU had 26 assists, with Harris Javier getting 10 and Kyle Impero adding seven.

WWU held a 44-29 lead at halftime after shooting 52.9 percent (18 of 34) from the field, then opened the second half with a 15-5 run to take a 59-34 lead with 14:15 left. MSUB pulled to within 13 at 74-61 with four minutes left, but never got that close again.

The Vikings had a 48-25 advantage in rebounds. They also shot 81.8 percent (9 of 11) on free throws after entering the game hitting just 62.1 percent at the line.

WWU is now 11-0 versus MSUB at Carver Gym and holds an 18-4 series advantage.

Schreiber’s effort off the bench eclipsed the previous best for points by a WWU reserve of 33 set by John Nance in a 133-63 triumph at Alaska Southeast on Jan. 28, 1990.

WESTERN WASHINGTON 88, MONTANA ST. BILLINGS 68

MONTANA ST. BILLINGS (2-13, 0-5 GNAC)

Gataric,Momir 10-14 2-2 25; Hosley,Antoine 8-11 0-0 17; Matthews,Marc 4-15 1-2 10; Adams,Luke 2-3 0-0 4; Perry,Jordan 1-3 2-3 4; Nelson,Tyler 1-2 1-2 3; Anderson,Jace 1-4 0-0 3; Denham,Kendall 1-5 0-0 2; Johnson,Emmanuel 0-7 0-0 0. Totals 28-64 6-9 68.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (8-6, 1-3 GNAC)

Schreiber,Joey 13-21 6-6 38; Parker,Jeffrey 6-12 1-1 17; Johnson,Mac 7-11 1-2 15; Turner,Anye 5-10 1-2 11; Bowen,Blake 1-1 0-0 3; Hopkins,Mark 1-2 0-0 2; Velasquez,Nick 1-1 0-0 2; Scholten,Evan 0-0 0-0 0; Javier,Harris 0-5 0-0 0; Tanis,Chris 0-0 0-0 0; Impero,Kyle 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 34-69 9-11 88.

Half: WWU 44, MSB 29

3-point field goals: Montana St. Billings 6-21 (Gataric,Momir 3-5; Anderson,Jace 1-3; Hosley,Antoine 1-3; Matthews,Marc 1-7; Denham,Kendall 0-2; Johnson,Emmanuel 0-1), Western Washington 11-23 (Schreiber,Joey 6-9; Parker,Jeffrey 4-7; Bowen,Blake 1-1; Hopkins,Mark 0-1; Javier,Harris 0-2; Impero,Kyle 0-2; Johnson,Mac 0-1). Fouled out: Montana St. Billings-None, Western Washington-None. Rebounds: Montana St. Billings 25 (Nelson,Tyler 6), Western Washington 48 (Schreiber,Joey 12). Assists: Montana St. Billings 11 (Denham,Kendall 3; Anderson,Jace 3), Western Washington 26 (Javier,Harris 10). Total fouls: Montana St. Billings 14, Western Washington 10. Technical fouls: Montana St. Billings-None, Western Washington-None. A-1014

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