LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball picked up a pair of conference wins, beating Seattle Pacific 76-74 on Thursday and Saint Martin’s 80-67 on Saturday.
Tanner Omlid led the Wolves to the win over Seattle Pacific. Omlid had a career-high 34 points and recorded seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals.
WOU never trailed in the second half. Ali Faruq-Bey scored 11 points in the second half, including a free throw that pushed WOU’s lead to two with 16 seconds left in the game.
The Wolves rallied from a four-point halftime deficit against Saint Martin’s.
Omlid scored 18 points and had three assists, three blocks, three steals and two rebounds. J.J. Chirnside recorded his first collegiate double-double, adding 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Western Oregon (7-7 overall, 4-2 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) returns home to host Simon Fraser Thursday at 7 p.m. and Western Washington Saturday at 7 p.m.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SPLITS HOME GAMES: Western Oregon’s women’s basketball team lost to Alaska Anchorage 105-62 on Thursday before defeating Alaska Fairbanks 72-67 on Saturday.
Jasmine Miller led WOU with 14 points and six rebounds against Alaska Anchorage, but the Seawolves led 32-13 after the first quarter and never looked back.
Against Alaska Fairbanks, the Wolves overcame a slow start that saw WOU trailing 20-4 after the first quarter. The Wolves responded by outscoring Alaska Fairbanks 26-9 in the second quarter.
Shelby Snook scored 23 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter. Sydney Azorr added 20 points.
WOU (6-7 overall, 2-4 GNAC) faced Concordia Tuesday after press time. The Wolves play at Montana State Billings Saturday at 4:15 p.m.
WILLIAMS UP FOR AWARD: Former Western Oregon wide receiver Tyrell Williams is a nominee for the 10th annual VIZIO Top Value Performer trophy. The award is given to the NFL player who’s on-field performance most exceeds the value of their contract.
Williams, a receiver with the San Diego Chargers, had 69 catches for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2016 season. He has a base salary of $525,000.
The other nominees are running back Jay Ajayi of the Miami Dolphins, running back Spencer Ware of the Kansas City Chiefs, wide receiver Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints, and running back Latavius Murray of the Oakland Raiders.
The Top Value performer is decided by fan votes.
Voting is open through Monday at 11:59 p.m.
To vote, visit www.vizio.com/TVP.