WOU men’s hoops win

Darius Lubom lays up against Montana State University, Billings.

Chris Oertell
Darius Lubom lays up against Montana State University, Billings.

MONMOUTH — Ninth-ranked Western Oregon University Wolves men’s basketball team beat the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks 82-64 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference contest at home on Saturday night.

The Wolves won their 10th straight game to bring their record to 17-1, 9-1 GNAC. The Nighthawks fell to 9-5, 5-5 GNAC.

The Nighthawks came into Saturday’s game off a 69-64 road win against Concordia in Portland on Jan. 18. On this night, however, the Nighthawks’ united nations couldn’t overcome the precision of a Wolves team that forged ahead after five minutes and never looked back.

The game was tied at five after two and a half minutes and then the Wolves started out-hustling and outscoring the Nighthawks. The score at halftime was 41-28, and the Wolves were on their way to a hard-fought victory which wasn’t reflected in the final score.

Senior forward JJ Chirnside lead the balanced scoring for Western Oregon with 18 points in 21 minutes, his second consecutive game with 18 career-high points. Wolves players hitting double figures included senior guard Ali Faruq-Bey (13 points on 4 of 14 shooting from the field, 3 of 9 from the three-point line, and 2 of 4 free throws in 24 minutes); senior guard Dustin Triano (12 points on 4 of 6 shooting from the field, 3 of 5 three-pointers, and 1-1 for free throws in 22 minutes off the bench); senior guard Malik Morgan (11 points in 24 minutes); and senior forward Tanner Omlid (10 points in 26 minutes).

The Nighthawks were led by Megwa with 22 points (8/21 from the field and 0-2 on three-pointers) and 5 rebounds in his 28 minutes. As a team, the Nighthawks shot 35 percent from the field.

The Wolves’ next game will be on the road on Thursday 25 in Fairbanks against the Huskies. The Wolves next home game will be on Jan. 30 when they face Concordia University. The Wolves haven’t lost since Dec. 2 at Western Washington.

WOLVES WIN THURSDAY: Overcoming a slow start, WOU men’s basketball defeated Central Washington 89-70 victory on Thursday. Shooting 8-of-12 from the field and reaching 20 points for the second straight game, WOU’s Tanner Omlid led all scorers with 21 points. J.J. Chirnside scored a career-best 18 points. WOMEN WIN ONE, LOSE ONE: Western Oregon women’s basketball team outscored Concordia 25-11, in the final quarter of the Jan. 16 home game to earn the victory. Savannah Heugly and Sydney Azorr each scored 15 points to share game-high honors. Azorr helped seal the game with three makes at the line after being fouled from beyond the arc with just under two minutes to play. Montana State University Billings used a 12-2 run to start the fourth en route to a 65-56 win at Western Oregon University on Thursday evening. The Wolves are now 8-8, 4-6 GNAC.

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