FRESNO, Calif. — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball began the 2016-17 season with a pair of victories.
The Wolves defeated Point Loma 64-62 on Friday and Fresno Pacific 85-54 on Saturday.
Junior guard Ali Faruq-Bey scored a team-high 19 points against Point Loma, while junior forward Tanner Omlid scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
WOU built a 13-point lead in the second half before holding off Point Loma in the game’s closing minutes.
Junior guard Demetrius Trammell hit five 3-pointers against Fresno Pacific, finishing with a game-high 16 points to lead WOU on Saturday. Omlid added 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four blocks and two steals.
Senior guard Yanick Kulich and Faruq-Bey added 12 points each.
Western Oregon will hold its home-opener against San Francisco State Friday at 7 p.m. during the WOU/Double Tree by Hilton D2 Shootout.
WOU also plays UC San Diego Saturday at 7 p.m.
FOOTBALL WINS FINAL GAME: Western Oregon’s football team won its final game of the season, beating Simon Fraser 40-13 on Saturday.
Quarterback Nick Duckworth threw for 343 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior receiver Zack Suarez had six receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns.
Junior wide receiver Paul Revis had eight catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. Revis totaled 1,057 receiving yards for the season — the first receiver to have two seasons with more than 1,000 receiving yards under coach Arne Ferguson.
Western Oregon trailed 13-12 with 10:10 left in the third quarter, but scored the game’s final 28 points to pull away for the win.
WOU finishes the 2016 season with a 4-6 record overall and a 3-5 mark in Great Northwest Athletic Conference play.
VOLLEYBALL DEFEATS MONTANA STATE BILLINGS: Western Oregon’s volleyball team defeated Montana State, Billings 13-25, 25-20, 29-27, 25-15 on Thursday in the team’s final home match of the season.
Junior Alisha Bettinson led the Wolves with 19 kills. Sophomores Amanda Short and Mariella Vandenkooy added 13 kills each.
Western Oregon (10-15 overall, 7-11 GNAC) closes out its season at Central Washington on Thursday and at Northwest Nazarene on Saturday.