Guard Morris Anderson made six free throws as the Bellingham Slam scored the final 12 points in a 108-100 win over a Western Washington University Alumni squad in a men’s basketball exhibition game on Sunday, May 17, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.
The Vikings led 100-96 with 2:51 remaining following a jumper by Anya Turner. But the Slam tied the game at 100-all as Anderson and Tyler Amaya each hit a pair of free throws, then took the lead for good, 102-100, on a 12-foot floater by Jacob Stevenson with 54 seconds to go.
Anderson, who finished with 18 points and team highs of 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals, hit four more free throws in the final 44 seconds and Stevenson converted two.
Forward Lukas Henne led the Slam with a game-high 25 points on 11-of-15 field goal shooting. Stevenson finished with 23 points and nine rebounds.
WWU got a team-high 22 points from Preston Vermeulen, 11 of them during a three-minute stretch midway through the fourth quarter that gave the Alumni a 94-88 lead with 5:41 to go. Vermeulen was 8-of-10 from the floor in the game, 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
Cam Severson scored 17 points for WWU and Austin Bragg had 11 points as well as 14 rebounds and six steals, both game highs.
WWU led 35-20 after the first quarter, but was outscored 35-17 in the second stanza and trailed 55-52 at halftime. The Vikings led 76-74 after the third quarter.