WILDCATS DUNK SIMON FRASER FOR SIXTH STRAIGHT WINPosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (Jan. 22) -- Seniors Jamar Berry (Tacoma, Wash./Franklin Pierce HS) and Chris Sprinker (Tacoma, Wash./Curtis HS) combined for 41 points and 18 rebounds, including six slam dunks, as the Central Washington University men's basketball team coasted by Simon Fraser University, 88-59, on Saturday night at Nicholson Pavilion.
The 16th-ranked Wildcats (15-2, 8-1 Great Northwest Athletic Conference) extended their win streak to six games. The Clan, from Burnaby, B.C., dropped its 11th straight game and fell to 2-14, 1-9 in GNAC.
Berry scored 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting, including 4 of 8 from three, and grabbed seven rebounds in 20 minutes of action. Sprinker recorded his second double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
For the majority of the first half, Central Washington was unable to shake off the visiting Clan. Simon Fraser, in its first year as a member of the GNAC, was able to stay within six points of the Wildcats for the first 15:23 of the opening period, but Central used a late 10-2 run to extend its lead to double figures and enter halftime with a 39-29 lead.
Central built its 10-point halftime lead despite being outshot by the Clan, 36.0 percent (9-25) to 35.6 percent (14-39), but did have a 27-18 advantage in rebounds in the first half, including 11 offensive caroms before the break.
CWU started the second-half on a brief 6-0 run within the first 90 seconds of the period. Simon Fraser kept the Wildcats from increasing their lead beyond 16 over the next 6:13, even cutting the margin to 11 points. But an alley-oop pass off the backboard from Berry to Sprinker at the for a monstrous dunk at the 11:32 mark sparked a 28-7 Wildcat run that spanned an even eight minutes and was capped by a three-point basket by redshirt freshman Taylor Dunn (Vancouver, Wash./Mountain View HS). The shot was Dunn's first field goal attempt as a Wildcat and was part of a four-point scoring night as all 11 CWU players in uniform finished with at least two points.
For the game, CWU shot 44.3 percent (31-70), and outrebounded SFU by a 46-34 margin. The Wildcats also forced 23 Clan turnovers that resulted in 28 points.
The Wildcat bench outscored their opponents' reserves by a resounding 34-9 margin, led by senior Coby Gibler (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Bainbridge HS), who tied his career-high of 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting. Freshman Philip Lieser (Göttingen, Germany/Hainberg-Gymnasium) scored seven points off the bench, the highest point total in his past seven games.
The Clan got 25 points from leading scorer Ricky Berry and 13 points from Justin Brown, as those two combined for two-thirds of Simon Fraser's 51 field goal attempts in the contest but were just a combined 3 of 13 from three-point range.
Central will make its annual trek to Alaska next week, facing the Alaska Nanooks in Fairbanks on Thursday (Jan. 27) at 5:15 p.m. AKST before a rematch with second-place Alaska Anchorage on Saturday (Jan. 29).