SEATTLE — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team overcame a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat Seattle Pacific 84-82 in overtime on Saturday.
Andy Avgi, who scored a game-high 29 points, led the WOU rally in the second half. Avgi hit a 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.
Western Oregon also defeated Saint Martin’s 74-62 on Thursday. WOU was ranked No. 1 in the NABC Division II national poll for the first time in school history on Tuesday.
The Wolves (20-2 overall, 13-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) host Western Washington Thursday at 7 p.m. and Simon Fraser Saturday at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS SEVENTH-STRAIGHT: Western Oregon’s women’s basketball team dropped a heartbreaker to Alaska Fairbanks 62-61 on Thursday before falling to Alaska Anchorage 77-42 on Saturday. The Wolves and AFU entered the fourth quarter tied, but Alaska Fairbanks built a four-point cushion in the final seconds, which WOU could not overcome, despite a buzzer-beater 3-pointer from Sydney Azorr. Western Oregon saw its losing streak extend to seven games. WOU (3-19 overall, 2-12 GNAC) played Concordia Tuesday after press time and faces Montana State Billings Thursday at 6 p.m.
BASEBALL SPLITS OPENING SERIES: Western Oregon’s baseball team split a four-game series with Azusa Pacific on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. WOU won the first two games 3-1 and 8-4 before losing the final two games 2-1 and 7-6. Joey Crunkilton hit a two-run home run in the first game to lead the Wolves. Western Oregon also defeated California State University, Dominguez Hills 7-6 on Sunday thanks to an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning from Nathan Etheridge. WOU plays at Cal State University, East Bay for a four-game series on Friday, Saturday (doubleheader) and Sunday.
SOFTBALL GOES 1-3: Western Oregon’s softball team opened the season with an 8-6 win over Metropolitan State 8-6 on Friday before dropping a pair of games to the University of California San Diego (6-0 on Friday and 3-2 on Saturday) and a 6-2 contest to Metropolitan State on Saturday. Destiny Kuehl led the Wolves with three hits during the team’s lone victory. WOU will compete at the Dixie State tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
CORNISH SETS SCHOOL MARK AT MEET: David Cornish set a new school record for Western Oregon’s track and field team in the men’s 3,000-meter run at the Portland Indoor Invitational on Thursday. Ribich took third with a time of 8 minutes, 27.63 seconds. David Ribich took first in the men’s mile (4:12.41), while Cody Warner took first in the 200 (21.80 seconds). Emmi Collier led the women by taking first in the shot put with a throw of 44 feet, 9 inches. WOU will compete at the Husky Invitational in Seattle on Thursday and the University of Washington Indoor Open on Sunday.