Western Washington jumps on Wolves early, takes win

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BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University's men's basketball team jumped out early on Walla Walla University on Monday night to take a double-figure halftime lead and never look back in an 81-56 home victory over the Wolves.

"It was a good experience for us," said co-WWU head coach Gerry Larson. "Western is a D-II so it's good for us to get this experience. We played much better in the second half.

Both teams were plagued by turnover with WWU coughing it up 26 times and Western losing possession on 27 occassions. However, Western's hot outside shooting got them rolling as the Vikings hit 11 threes, including six from Derek Dickerson off the bench to lead Western with 18 points.

"Turnovers were a big factor in this game," Larson said. "We were able to stop their pressure, but it was too late."

The Wolves were led by 18 points from swingman Josh Henderson.

Walla Walla is next scheduled to head to Lewiston for the Lewis-Clark State Tournament beginning on Friday.

Western Washington 81, Walla Walla University 56

Walla Walla University (56) - Doherty 2-6 0-0 6, Henderson 6-15 2-3 18, Bailey 3-4 0-1 6, Gupilan 3-11 2-3 10, Stimmel 2-4 0-0 5, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0, Alemu 0-3 0-0 0, Abdul-Karim 0-1 0-0 0, Marshall 1-1 0-0 3, Wilson 1-3 2-2 4, Creasy 1-2 2-2 4.

Western Washington University (81) - Blanche 4-4 0-0 8, Henifin 1-4 0-0 2, Duty 5-5 0-0 10, Wilkins 4-6 0-0 10, Allen 3-6 0-0 7, Grosz 0-2 0-0 0, Thorpe 1-4 0-0 3, Wiederkeher 1-4 2-2 4, Dickerson 6-8 0-0 18, McPhee 2-3 0-0 5, Young 3-4 2-3 8, Mitchell 3-6 0-0 6.

Halftime - Western 43, Walla Walla 26. 3-point goals - Walla Walla (10-21) Doherty 2-3, Henderson 4-8, Bailey 0-1, Gupilian 2-4, Stimmel 1-1, Lewis 0-1, Alemu 0-1, Marshall 1-1, Creasy 0-1. Western (11-25) Henifin 0-2, Wilkins 2-3, Allen 1-3, Grosz 0-2, Thorpe 1-3, Wiederkehr 0-1, Dickerson 6-8, McPhee 1-1, Mitchell 0-2. Total fouls- Walla Walla 8, Western 14, Fouled out- None. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Walla Walla 21 (Bailey 6), Western 37(Heinfin 5). Turnovers- Walla Walla 26, Western 27. Assists- Walla Walla 16 (Gupilian, Stimmel 4), Western 18 (Wilkins, Allen 4).

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