As of Wednesday, January 7, 2015
MONMOUTH — For the first time in more than a month, Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team didn’t come out on top.
The Wolves lost to Seattle Pacific 83-76 on Thursday, snapping a nine-game winning streak, before defeating Montana State Billings 72-64 on Saturday.
Andy Avgi scored a game-high 19 points Thursday against the Falcons and Devon Alexander added 18 points. But Seattle Pacific went on a 15-4 run with 13:02 left in the second half to build a 10-point. The Falcons held off WOU.
“We did not block out and secure defensive boards well enough to win on the road,” Western Oregon coach Brady Bergeson said.
The Wolves (11-3 overall, 3-1 GNAC) recovered on Saturday, led by Avgi, who scored a game-high 23 points. Marwan Sarhan added 13 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds during the victory.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO SAINTS: Western Oregon dropped a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest, falling to Saint Martin’s 69-58 on Saturday. The Wolves held a 34-26 lead with 90 seconds left in the first half, but the Saints went on a 7-0 run to end the half. “We got comfortable with the lead and let up (on defense),” WOU coach Holli Howard-Carpenter said. Western Oregon (4-7 overall, 1-2 GNAC) struggled in the second half, shooting 28.6 percent from the field. Forward Dana Goularte scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but the Saints ended the contest on a 10-2 run over the final 3:13 of the matchup to pull away for the victory. “We didn't do what we needed to throughout the week and it really showed (on Saturday),” Howard-Carpenter said.