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WWU Men's Basketball

Freshman Jalen Green scored a career-high 17 points on 7-for-13 shooting (3-for-4 3FG). PHOTO: WWU Athletics

Vikings Handle Columbia Bible College 117-72

December 9, 2018 

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Led by a balanced offensive attack and a dominating rebounding performance, the Western Washington University men’s basketball team defeated Columbia Bible College 117-72 in non-conference action Saturday night on WECU Court in Carver Gym.


Six Vikings scored in double-figures, led by a career-high 17 points from freshman forward Jalen Green (Renton, WA/Lindbergh). Green connected on 7 of his 13 shots, including going 3-for-4 from 3-point range. Junior forward Trevor Jasinsky (Camas, WA) filled up the stat sheet for his first career double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 blocked shots.


WWU improved to 7-2 overall with the 45-point victory over the Canadian college from Abbotsford, British Columbia.


The Vikings shot 48.4% from the field for the game (46-for-95) and were 14-for-34 from 3-point range. WWU held a 55-39 advantage in rebounds (20-10 offensive rebounds) and recorded a season-high-tying 8 blocked shots. 


Braxton Latt led the Bearcats with 18 points on 7-for-19 shooting, with Gabe Mannes (14 points), Ykealo Araia (13 points) and Trent Baker (10 points) also reaching double-digits in scoring. The game did not count towards Columbia Bible College’s season record.



WWU recorded a season-high 55 rebounds to hold a 55-39 advantage in boards for the game. The Vikings are now averaging a GNAC-best 41.9 rebounds per game this season, led by 7.0 rebounds per game from Trevor Jasinsky (had career-high 12 boards vs. CBC). KJ Bosco (Portland, OR/Benson/Portland CC) had 8 rebounds in 18 minutes of action.



All 12 players that suited up for the Vikings scored in the contest, with six players recording double-digits. In addition to Green (17 points) and Jasinsky (14 points), Tucker Eenigenburg (15 points), Micah Winn (13 points), Luke Lovelady (13 points) and Elijah Cotton-Welch (11 points) also reached double figures in scoring. The 117 points marks the third time this season WWU has passed the 100-point mark in a game.



Three Vikings were at or above 20.0 in the basketball efficiency rating that is defined by (Points+Rebounds+Assists+Steals+Blocks) – (FG att-FG made)+(FT  att-FT made) + turnovers…Trevor Jasinsky led the way with a 24.0 efficiency rating, followed by 21.0 from Jalen Green and 20.0 by Luke Lovelady.



WWU continues to lead the GNAC with a 1.8 assist-to-turnover ratio, committing only 4 turnovers with 25 assists Saturday night vs. CBC. Saint Martin’s is 2nd in the conference with a 1.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.



The Vikings held a 25-point halftime lead at 62-38, with Jalen Green and Tucker Eenigenburg each scoring 10 points to lead WWU. Overall the Vikings shot 51.1% from the field (24-for-47) and were 8-for-22 (36.4%) from 3-point range. Western doubled up the Bearcats on the boards with a 32-16 advantage in rebounds and recorded 5 blocked shots.



The Vikings went on a 17-4 run starting at the 13:04 mark, turning a five-point game at 23-18 into a 18-point lead at 40-22. During the 5-minute stretch, the WWU was 6-for-11 from the field and had seven players score points. The Vikings finished the half out-scoring the Bearcats 23-14 over the final 6:53 to secure a 63-58 halftime lead.


WWU will compete in the prestigious Hoops in Hawai'i DII Power Invitational Dec. 16-18 at the Hawai'i Convention Center in Honolulu, HI. The Vikings will take on Chaminade in the opening game of the round-robin format on Dec. 16 at 5:45 pm HT/7:45 pm PT (2-hour time difference) and the  second game will be on Monday, Dec. 17 vs. either Southern Nazarene or Dallas Baptist at 1:15 pm HT/3:15 pm PT (losers bracket) or 3:30 pm HT/5:30 pm PT (winners bracket). The full tournament bracket, participating teams and links to the live webcast for each game can be found online at Western’s next GNAC games are in the new year, hosting Seattle Pacific (Jan. 3) and Saint Martin’s (Jan. 5) on WECU Court in Carver Gym. 

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