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WWU rallies from 19 down to beat BYU Hawaii

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WWU rallies from 19 down to beat BYU Hawaii

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Freshman forward Joey Schreiber keyed a rally from a 19-point second-half deficit as Western Washington University overcame Brigham Young University Hawaii, 80-74, in a men’s basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

Guard Richard Woodworth led five players in double figures with 22 points as the Vikings, ranked No.7 in this week’s National Basketball Coaches Association of America/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 2-0 and extended their school and conference record home winning streak to 29 games.

BYUH fell to 1-1. Center DeAndre Medlock had 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Seasiders, and guard Pablo Coro added 15 points and five assists.

BYUH had a 63-44 lead with just under 14 minutes remaining, but the Vikings went on a 25-3 charge that ended with 20 straight points. Schreiber had 12 of the first 16 points in the 20-straight run, and center Austin Bragg capped the burst with a thunderous dunk that gave WWU a 69-66 lead with 4:15 remaining.

The game was still tied at 72-72 with just over two minutes left, but Woodworth hit two free throws, and then Schreiber stole the inbound pass, leading to two Bragg free throws.  Woodworth added two more free throws on the next possession, giving WWU a 78-72 advantage with 1:07 to play.

Schreiber finished with 14 points, all in the second half. Anye Turner had 13 points and a career-high 17 rebounds, and Bragg and Robert Harris, Jr., each added 12.

BYUH held a 45-33 lead at halftime behind Coro, who had all of his points in the first half, then left the contest early in the second half after appearing to take a knee to the ribs in a scramble for a loose ball.

The Seasiders led by double digits in the opening minutes of the second half, using a 9-0 run to push the gap to 19.

WWU, which is opening its season with eight home games, entertains Quest University on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 6:00pm, you can hear the game on our sister station AM 930.

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