Western Washington steamrolls UAA men

sports@adn.comFebruary 1, 2014 

The UAA men's basketball team ran out of road-trip magic Saturday night in Bellingham, Wash.

Western Washington hit 63 percent of its shots and killed UAA on the boards to roll to a 99-76 Great Northwest Athletic Conference win, snapping the Seawolves' three-game winning streak. All three of those wins came on the road, the last two of them by a single point.

The Vikings put on a show in the game, which aired live on Root Sports. They made 39 of 62 shots, including 16 of 27 from 3-point range.

Richard Woodworth proved particularly deadly, netting six of his seven 3-point attempts for 24 points. He shared scoring honors with teammate Jeffrey Parker, who was 9 of 15 from the field with five 3-pointers.

UAA produced four double-figure scorers and shot a decent 41 percent from the field, but the Western Washington shooters were too hot to handle. So were its big men.

Austin Bragg, a 6-foot-9 senior center, racked up a 13-rebound, 12-point, 10-assist triple-double, and Anye Turner, a 6-7 junior forward, grabbed 11 rebounds for the Vikings, who outrebounded the Seawolves 40-17. UAA collected only five offensive rebounds and Teancum Stafford furnished one, about eight below his average.

The win keeps Western Washington (15-4, 9-2) in the GNAC lead, which it shares with Seattle Pacific.

UAF is two games back with a 7-4 mark, and Central Washington is fourth at 6-5. Fifth-place UAA is the only other team in the 10-team league with a winning record.

The game ended the longest road swing of the season for the Seawolves, who come home to an immediate challenge -- nationally ranked Seattle Pacific, which comes to town for a Thursday game.

Travis Thompson's 16 points led the Seawolves (13-9 overall, 6-5 GNAC). Brian McGill added 15, Kyle Fossman 14 and Stafford 12.

UAA trailed the entire game, including 45-32 at the half.

UAA (76) -- Stafford 4-9 2-4 12, Fossman 3-11 6-8 14, Mears 1-3 0-0 2, McGill 3-6 8-9 15, Thompson 5-12 4-5 16, Craft 1-3 0-0 3, Lauwers 0-2 0-0 0, Blossom 3-3 0-0 8, Leckband 2-4 2-2 6, McTier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-53 22-28 76.

WESTERN WASHINGTON (99) -- Turner 3-6 0-0 6, Parker 9-15 1-1 24, Bragg 6-10 0-0 13, Harris 7-11 0-0 17, Woodworth 8-10 2-2 24, Davis 1-1 1-2 3, Thorpe 0-1 0-0 0, Hopkins 0-1 0-0 0, Abe 3-5 1-2 8, Oliver 1-1 0-0 2, Mitchell 1-1 0-0 2, Mosby-Barber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-62 16-27 99.

UAA 32 44 -- 76

WWU 45 54 -- 99

3-point goals -- UAA 10-25 (Stafford 2-4, Fossman 2-6, McGill 1-1, Thompson 2-7, Craft 1-2, Lauwers 0-2, Blossom 2-2, Leckband 0-1), WWU 16-27 (Woodworth 6-7, Thorpe 0-1, Hopkins 0-1, Abe 1-2). Rebounds -- UAA 17 (Fossman 4), WWU 40 (Bragg 12, Turner 11). Total fouls -- UAA 12, WWU 20. Fouled out -- none. Assists -- UAA 13 (McGill 6), WWU 24 (Bragg 10). Turnovers -- UAA 10 (McGill 4), WWU 15 (Harris 6). Blocks -- UAA 2, WWU 4. Steals -- UAA 8 (three with 2), WWU 6. A -- 1,014. Officials -- Wescott, Corson, Leonard.

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