MONMOUTH — When Western Oregon sophomore Tanner Omlid transferred from Army, he was confident the Wolves’ men’s basketball team would be good.

Even he is surprised that WOU has been this successful.

“We knew we were going to be a solid team,” Omlid said. “I didn’t know we’d be 8-0. We’re very pleased right now.”

Western Oregon defeated Montana State Billings 91-69 on Saturday to improve to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play. Andy Avgi scored a game-high 27 points. Omlid added 19 points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.

“I wanted to work up the ranks, work hard and get some respect on the court,” Omlid said. “I just try to play hard. The team that works harder is usually the team that comes out on top. I learned that in high school and try to translate that into college.”

Devon Alexander added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Six different players have scored 20 or more points this season.

“We want to swing the ball to whomever is shining at the moment,” Alexander said. “We try to get him the ball, pick our spots and see what happens from there.”

WOU’s start is the team’s best since the 1981-82 season, when the Wolves began the season 22-0. Players are doing their best to keep things in perspective.

“We can’t get ahead of ourselves,” Alexander said. “We’ve done a lot but nothing yet at the same time.”

WOU hosts Corban Friday at 7 p.m. before playing at the University of California, San Diego on Monday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALTERS IN FOURTH QUARTER: The Western Oregon women’s basketball team couldn’t hold on to a fourth quarter lead, falling to Saint Martin’s 75-71 on Saturday. Jordan Mottershaw scored 14 points to lead the Wolves. Kelsey Henry added 13. WOU (1-7 overall, 0-2 GNAC) also lost to Seattle Pacific 79-58 on Thursday. The Wolves host California Baptist University Saturday at 2 p.m.


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