The Western Washington Vikings notched their first two wins in GNAC play to earn the Red Lion Hotels Team of the Week.
WWU, which has won 48 of its last 49 home games, extended its home win-streak to 12 by beating Montana State Billings 88-68 Thursday and Seattle Pacific 68-66 Saturday in what turned out to be one of the best ROOT SPORTS games of the year.
“We’re very fortunate to play at home,” head coach Tony Dominguez said. “Any time you get a win against those guys, (head coach) Ryan Looney from SPU and Jamie Stevens from Montana State, they’re great wins. Our guys are feeling good about it.”
In WWU’s first conference victory of the season, the Vikings (2-3 GNAC, 9-6 overall) out-rebounded their opponents 48-25 in the 20-point win over MSUB.
WWU scored 43 of its points off the bench led by sophomore forward Joey Schreiber who set s school and GNAC record for most points for a reserve with 38. Schreiber scored 12 straight points at one point in the opening half as the Vikings closed on a 20-8 run and led by 15 at the break.
“He is a very good player,” Dominguez said of Schreiber. “We anticipated he would score a lot for us this year. I knew he would have a breakout game, I just didn’t know it would be 38 (points) and 12 (rebounds). He played great for us last week and he’s going to do great things the rest of the season.”
Schreiber continued his career-night with 19 more points in the second half, and senior forward Anye Turner added eight to finish off the Yellowjackets.
The Vikings saved their best game of the week for a regional audience as they took down then conference co-leader Seattle Pacific on a last-second layup by junior Ricardo Maxwell on ROOT SPORTS Saturday.
“We had our guards crossing,” Dominguez said of the last play of the game. “We were going to get the ball to Ricardo. We knew he was quick so we gave him an opportunity to run the floor and do what he did.”