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November 19, 2013
GLENDORA, Calif. — The Western Oregon University men's basketball team used a 14-0 run at the end of the game to seal a 70-65 upset win over seventh-ranked Cal Poly Pomona in the first game of the Cougar Classic hosted by Azusa Pacific University Friday.
The Wolves' Marwan Sarhan scored a team-high 20 points. The junior transfer made five of his 10 shots from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Lewis Thomas added 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had three blocks, while Jordan Wiley chipped in 13 points.
The Wolves committed only nine turnovers to Cal Poly Pomona's 17. Western Oregon turned that advantage into a 25-7 edge in points off of turnovers.
A 3-point basket by Quentin Taylor gave Cal Poly Pomona a 65-56 lead with 4:27 left, but the Broncos wouldn't score again. The Wolves scored the final 14 points, as CPP went 0 for 4 in the final four minutes and turned the ball over three times. A pair of Thomas free throws with 45 seconds left gave WOU the lead.
Western dropped a 71-59 decision to Cal State-Dominguez Hills at the Cougar Classic on Saturday.
Rodney Webster led Western Oregon (2-2) with 18 points. He made six of his 13 shots from the field. Alexander scored 13 points and had three steals, while Sarhan added 11 points. Adam Hastings and Sarhan both grabbed five rebounds.
The Wolves welcome Dixie State (3-0) of Utah for their home opener Saturday at 2 p.m. DSC upset No. 2 Seattle Pacific on the road Saturday, 90-88, in overtime. The Red Storm also opened the season with an exhibition win at NCAA Division I UNLV.
Pacific Lutheran University rallied from a 37-32 halftime deficit to defeat Western Oregon 66-56 Saturday in a nonleague contest in Monmouth.
"We came out flat and never got it going," WOU coach Holli Howard-Carpenter said. "When they took the lead, we put our heads down instead of rising to the challenge. We have to dig deep and start playing for each other in times like that. PLU played with energy and heart; they just wanted it more."
After shooting 34 percent from the field in the first half, PLU made 48 percent of its shots in the second half. The Wolves were 34 percent from the field in the game. WOU was 2 for 15 from 3-point range and 14 of 19 from the free-throw line.
Dana Goularte had a double-double for the Wolves (0-3). The junior finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds. She also had three blocks. Chantel Divilbiss added 11 points.
The Wolves have a break until they host the annual Capitol City Classic on Nov. 29-30. WOU welcomes Cal-Maritime, Corban and Will-amette to the New P.E. Building for the four-game tournament.