MONMOUTH, Ore. (Feb. 2) – Western Oregon guard Darius Lubom scored a career-high 30 points and backcourt mate Dalven Brushier added 20 points Saturday to lead the hosts to an 81-61 victory over Alaska Anchorage in Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball action at the New P.E. Building.
The visiting Seawolves (12-8, 7-5 GNAC) got 15 points and eight rebounds from junior wing Tyler Brimhall as their five-game winning streak came to an end.
The defending GNAC-champion Wolves (16-5, 9-3) also used 12 points, eight rebounds and four steals from forward Riley Hawken to earn a split of the regular-season series, avenging a 61-57 loss in Anchorage on Jan. 3.
“We were not good in any area of the game,” said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne, whose team came into Saturday with three straight road wins. “`We did not follow our defensive game plan, did not executive offensively, we were very poor mentally and we did not make free throws (15 of 25) – a total breakdown. However, it does not take away from two good weeks on the road. We will learn and be better next time.”
Entering with a chance to tie WOU for third place in the league standings, UAA kept it close early, forging an 18-18 tie on Brian Pearson’s free throws midway through the opening half. Wolves forward Kaleb Warner sparked a 9-2 run for the hosts with four straight points though, and WOU forged a 41-34 lead by halftime.
Western Oregon continued its roll with the first two baskets of the second half and led by double digits for the final 18:47.
Lubom shot 11 of 17 from the field and 6 of 6 at the charity stripe, while Brushier made 6 of 10 shots, including 3 of 6 from long range. The rest of the Wolves were limited to 9-of-28 (.321) shooting, but that was offset by an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers by the Seawolves.
Junior forward Niko Bevens had 11 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting and sophomore guard Keenan Dowell added a career-high eight points on 3-of-3 shooting for UAA. Freshman point guard Travis Adams dished a team-high four assists.
The Seawolves return to the Alaska Airlines Center for the first time since Jan. 19 when they face longtime rival Seattle Pacific on Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 907-786-1562 or visit GoSeawolves.com or AlaskaAirlinesCenter.com for tickets.
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