WWU smashes Quest

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WWU smashes Quest

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Guard Richard Woodworth (Sr., Bellevue/Newport) led six Western Washington University players in double-figure scoring with 22 points as the Vikings rolled to a 138-85 victory over Quest University on Sunday in a non-conference men’s basketball at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

The Vikings, ranked No.7 in the latest National Association of Basketball Coaches/NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll, improved to 3-0 with the triumph, posting their second- highest point total in school history since the 2005-06 season. The triumph extended WWU’s school and conference-record home winning streak to 30 games.

Quest, from Squamish, B.C., fell to 4-3 despite a game-high 34 points from Cartiea French-Toney, who also had nine assists, eight rebounds and 11 turnovers. Shedrick Nelson, a former WWU player, added 19 points for the Kermodes.

Quest scored the first four points of the contest, but the Vikings took control from there, taking a 12-6 lead three minutes in on a 3-point play by Joey Schreiber (Fr., Renton/Eastside Catholic), who was making his first career start and finished with 15 points on 6-of-7 field-goal shooting.

WWU shot 63.2 percent (24-of-38) from the field through the first 14 minutes, opening up a 60-26 lead. The Vikings had a 68-41 lead at halftime and extended the margin throughout the second half, their biggest margin being 55 points.

Jeffrey Parker (R-Fr., Richmond, CA/Silesian) had 20 points off the bench for WWU. Center Austin Bragg (Sr., Longview/Mark Morris) had 19 points and game highs of 10 rebounds and four blocked shots, Alfred Davis (Sr., Tacoma/Lincoln) added 17 points, and Dane Thorpe (Sr., Bellingham/Sehome) had 15.

For the game, the Vikings shot 55.8 percent (53-of-95) from the field, and had a 58-34 advantage in rebounds. They hit 11-of-26 3-pointers with Parker and Thorpe each hitting 4-of-6.

It was the eighth time in school history WWU had reached 130 points, and the first since the 2008-09 season. The only higher-scoring contest was a 141-52 triumph over Northwest College during the 1988-89 campaign.

The Vikings host NCAA II No.1-ranked Metro State on Saturday, Dec. 30 (7:30 p.m.)