Western Washington beats Southwest Baptist to win Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Classic
The No. 6 Vikings remained unbeaten with a 88-68 win over the Bearcats.
BELLINGHAM — Tournament Co-MVP John Allen scored 22 points on 9-of-13 field-goal shooting and added six assists as No. 6 Western Washington defeated Southwest Baptist, 88-68, Saturday in the championship game of the Chuck Randall Thanksgiving Men's Basketball Classic at WWU.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Vikings stayed unbeaten at 5-0, shooting 61.1 percent (33 of 54) from the field, including 75 percent (18 of 24) in the second half.
Southwest Baptist, which fell to 2-5, was led by Damion Hooks, who came off the bench to score 24 points on 10-of-12 field-goal shooting. Preston Guiot added 14 points and six assists.
The Bearcats jumped to a 7-0 lead in the first 90 seconds and led through much of the first 10 minutes. But the Vikings took the lead for good, 23-22, on an Allen layup with 9:27 left in the first half before using a 9-2 burst late in the period to grab a 42-34 lead at halftime.
SBU never got closer than eight in the second half, and the margin remained in double digits throughout the final 12 minutes.
Co-MVP Richard Woodworth had 16 points and six assists for WWU, which had five players reach double figures.
Hooks and Guiot joined Allen and Woodworth on the all-tournament team, which also included Terez Van Pelt and Isaiah Thomas of Concordia-St. Paul, which defeated Alaska Fairbanks, 65-60, in Saturday's other tournament game.
WWU's Dolfo wins No. 450
Western Washington earned a 66-54 victory over The Evergreen State College in the final game of the Lynda Goodrich Women's Basketball Classic at WWU, marking the 450th career victory for WWU coach Carmen Dolfo. Dolfo, who is in her 22nd season, has a record of 450-169, all with the Vikings.
Center Britt Harris had team-highs of 17 points and six rebounds for the Vikings, who improved to 4-0 and are ranked No. 9 in this week's USA Today Sports/ESPN NCAA Division II Top 25 Poll. Tournament MVP Trishi Williams added 15 points and six steals.
The contest was a non-counting exhibition for NAIA Evergreen, which was led by the game-high 20 points of center Danielle Swain.
David Downs scored five of his 16 points during a game-opening 16-0 surge No. 7 Seattle Pacific (5-1), which routed No. 16 Chico State (2-1) 79-47 in the final game of the Mac Martin Invitational in Chico, Calif.
Eastern Washington closed out its Thanksgiving trip to the Bay Area with a 50-45 victory over Cal State Fullerton in Berkeley, Calif. With the win, the Eagles claimed third place in the Cal Classic and improved to 2-3 overall.
Senior Carrie Ojeda delivered a solid all-around effort with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a team-leading four assists. Sophomore Lexie Nelson had 15 points, 12 of which came from the free-throw line.
• Central Washington (3-2) held a five-point lead at halftime, but fell to Academy of Art (5-1) at the Fairfield Inn Classic in Nampa, Idaho, losing 73-64. Junior Daisy Burke made four three-pointers and finished with a season-high 16 points.
From team reports