LACEY, Wash. — Western Oregon’s men’s basketball team’s run for a second-straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference tournament championship fell just short after a 71-69 loss to top-seeded Western Washington in the championship game on Saturday.
Demetrius Trammel scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Wolves.
Western Oregon led 67-63 with 2:31 left in the game, but a 7-0 run by Western Washington proved to be the difference.
WOU had a final chance to win, but a 3-pointer from Malik Leaks clanged off the rim.
Western Oregon advanced to the championship game by defeating Montana State Billings 72-61 on Thursday and outlasting Alaska Anchorage 91-84 in triple overtime on Friday.
Tanner Omlid scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds against Alaska Anchorage, and Ali Faruq-Bey added 19 points and seven assists.
Western Oregon ended the season with an 18-13 record overall.
BASEBALL OPENS LEAGUE PLAY WITH WINS: Western Oregon’s baseball team opened GNAC play with a pair of wins over Montana State Billings 9-4 and 3-2 on Saturday. Nyles Nygaard and Jay Leverett each had two hits and three RBIs in the first game of the doubleheader as pitcher Brady Miller threw six innings recording nine strikeouts.
Pitcher Elias Bedolla earned the win in game two after throwing for four scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
WOU defeated Montana State Billings 8-7 on Monday.
Western Oregon will play at Concordia for a pair of doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. The Wolves will host Corban on March 15 at 2 p.m.