Wolves head to NCAA DII regional tournament championship

The Western Oregon University men's basketball team won the GNAC championship and are the No. 1 seed in the NCAA DII West regional tournament.

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The Western Oregon University men's basketball team won the GNAC championship and are the No. 1 seed in the NCAA DII West regional tournament.



UPDATE: The Western Oregon men's basketball team will play in the NCAA DII West Region championship game at 7 p.m. on Monday. The No. 1 seed Wolves, who are hosting the tournament, defeated No. 8 Point Loma 73-66 and No. 5 Saint Martin's 77-55 to reach the championship game.

WOU plays No. 3 Cal Baptist which has a 27-5 record. The winner of the matchup will move on to the Elite Eight.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Friday, the Wolves took part in their first game of the GNAC championship series, pulling out a win against No. 4 seed Seattle Pacific University, 97-70, at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage.

This win is game number 21 the Wolves have won in a row.

Halfway through the first half, the Wolves were up by 10 points, creating a lead that would never close, with that gap stretching as far as 34 points in the second half.

Tanner Omlid, who was recently named as GNAC player of the year, led the game with 19 points, nabbed five rebounds, and had four assists, all before the first half was over, helping to guide the Wolves toward a win. Vince Boumann contributed 17 points, going seven for seven for 14 points in the first half.

Saturday, the Wolves faced Saint Martin’s University in their second game of the GNAC series with a win, 65-55. With this win, the men advance to the NCAA DII West Region Championships that takes place on their home court in Monmouth; if they do well there, they advance to the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D., for the 2018 NCAA DII Men’s Elite Eight, starting March 20 through 24. The first half of the game was slow. The Wolves watched as Saint Martin’s took the lead. Halfway through the first half, the Wolves were down, 14-8, and didn’t score for four minutes straight. Riley Hawken helped the team find its footing, pulling up with a pair of 3-pointers, and Vince Boumann came behind him with eight points, which gave the Wolves the advantage going into the second half, now leading by four, 34-30.

The first six minutes of the second half saw the Saints scoring only once, the Wolves keeping their defense strong, allowing no gaps to slip through. Boumann ended the night with 16 points and three rebounds, and was named GNAC Tournament MVP for averaging 16.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the championship series. Hawken had 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Omlid scored five points, 11 rebounds, and had two blocks and two steals.



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