MONMOUTH — Facing two of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s top teams, Western Oregon’s men’s basketball squad moved into first place after defeating Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Fairbanks last week.
The Wolves started by downing Alaska Anchorage 76-66 on Thursday in a showdown between the conference’s top two teams. Andy Avgi scored a game-high 31 points in the victory. Jordan Willey added 17 points, including nine in the second half. Julian Nichols had nine points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and one steal as the Wolves handed Alaska Anchorage its first conference loss of the season.
WOU held off a furious rally by Alaska Fairbanks to hold on for a 64-59 win on Saturday. The Wolves led by 16 with just under 16 minutes to play before Alaska Fairbanks cut the lead to three on five different occasions. Avgi had 24 points and eight rebounds, while Wiley added 17 points and eight boards.
WOU (16-2 overall, 9-1 GNAC) hosts Northwest Nazarene Thursday at 7 p.m. and Central Washington Saturday at 4 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO 3-15: Western Oregon women’s basketball team lost a pair of conference contests, falling to Central Washington 52-37 on Thursday and Northwest Nazarene 63-51 on Saturday evening.
Jordan Mottershaw led the Wolves with 11 points against Central Washington. Natalie DeLonge scored 10 points to lead WOU against Northwest Nazarene. Western Oregon has lost six of its last seven games. The Wolves (3-15 overall, 2-8 GNAC) play at Western Washington on Thursday and at Simon Fraser on Saturday.