By James Vallone
MONMOUTH, Ore. - In just his second game of the season, Walter Hill was able to record a game-high 25 points as Western Oregon was able to pull away late for the 98-93 victory.
The first half was played evenly before Western Oregon (7-3) was able to go on an 11-0 run over 2:22 to run the lead to 45-34 with less than two minutes to play in the first half. Five points from Rodney Webster aided the run, a portion of the 18 he would score on the night.
Shorter (6-3) responded to close the half on a 6-0 run to pull within five points at the break.
Both teams shot 48 percent from the field in the opening half, while the Hawks were 10-for-17 from the free throw line. Western Oregon managed only four trips to the line, but was able to convert all four shots.
The second half started with the Hawks rallying to get to the early lead, before each team would go on separate runs before settling in at the 82-82 tie.
C.J. Davis would add a pair of 3-pointers over the final three minutes, but Western Oregon would hold onto the lead thanks for shooting 8-for-9 from the line over the last few minutes to be able to hold onto the 98-93 win.
Anthony Banks would have a game-high 13 rebounds, while also scoring 16 points and dishing out four assists and blocking two shots.
Dedric Ware matched the effort of Tyler Funk from Western Oregon with seven assists to lead all players.
Davis scored 19 points to lead the Shorter bench. The play of the bench was one of the factors that helped Western Oregon as they were able to outscore the Hawks 44-27, as three Wolves scored in double figures as reserves.
Kenny Leverette had another well-rounded performance; 11 points, six assists, eight rebounds, while also picking up two blocks.
The Hawks will be off for the Christmas break, returning to action at home on the court of the Winthrop-King Centre on December 29 to host Clark Atlanta at 4 pm. These teams met this past weekend, with Shorter taking the 83-67 victory on the road.