BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Forward Cameron Severson (Sr., Petersburg, AK) came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points on 6-of-7 floor accuracy in just 16 minutes as nationally ranked Western Washington University stayed unbeaten with a 76-60 triumph over Saint Martin’s University in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball contest Thursday at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus. Juneau sports fans may remember Severson as a senior on the Petersburg Vikings team that won the 2008 3A Southeast Region V championship in Juneau and then defeated the Crimson Bears for the 3A/4A crossover championship. Severson was the 3A Player Of The Year that season and the Vikings were the defending 3A state champs. Severson took his game to another band of Vikins after high school and is in his fourth year at Western Washington. Severson is one of just a few Alaska ball players to win a state high school championship and a college championship. Carlos Boozer (JDHS, Duke) and Mario Chalmers (Bartlett, Kansas) are two that have gone on to professional careers. Others are out there in various sports, send along any information if you have it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The defending NCAA Division II national champion Western Washington University Vikings, ranked No.2 for the fourth straight time in this week’s National Association of Basketball Coaches Top 25, improved to 23-0 with their 29th straight victory. Both the start and streak are school and conference records. WWU leads the GNAC at 14-0.
It was the 22nd straight win for WWU at Carver Gym, breaking the school mark set during the 1970-71 and 1971-72 seasons. The Vikings are 12-0 at home this season.
Saint Martin’s fell to 7-14 overall and 3-10 in league play. Will Bond and Lucas Shannon each had 14 points for the Saints, who have dropped six of their last seven games.
The Vikings had claimed a 48-point victory, 104-56, earlier in the season, but on Thursday, the Saints led much of the first half, holding a 29-21 lead with seven minutes left in the period. WWU then went on a run of 12 straight points, six of them by Severson, to take a 33-29 lead, and kept the advantage the rest of the half, leading 40-33 at the intermission.
Saint Martin’s twice pulled within five early in the second half, but the Vikings ran off eight straight points, the last six on one dunk by Chris Mitchell (Sr., Everson/Nooksack Valley) and two by Austin Bragg (Jr., Longview/Mark Morris). That pushed the margin to 50-37 with 16 minutes left, and the gap was never less than eight after that.
Guard John Allen (Sr., Brier/Mountlake Terrace) had 15 points and five assists for WWU. Bragg had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and forward Paul Jones (Sr., Kent/Kent-Meridian) added 10points and a game-high 12 boards.
The victory was the 18th by double digits for the Vikings this season.