LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Forward Zach Henifinhad 18 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and four steals, leading Western Washington to a 80-61 victory against previously unbeaten No. 10 Rollins in first-round action at the sixth annual Great Western Shootout.
Guard John Allen had game-highs of 20 points and five assists for WWU, which won its ninth consecutive game and improved to 11-1.
Rollins fell to 7-1 and were led by the 14 points of forward Dave Diakite.
The Vikings broke away from a 5-5 tie with a 17-2 charge in a five-minute span that gave them a 22-7 advantage with 12:22 left in the first half. Henifin and Allen each had six points in the run, Henifin igniting it with a driving dunk and Allen capping it with back-to-back three-pointers.
WWU, which hit seven of its first 13 three-point attempts, held a 38-28 lead at halftime.
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The Vikings then broke the game completely open early in the second half, running off 10 straight points for a 62-38 lead with 12:26 to play. The margin was never less than 15 points after that.
Forward Rory Blanche had 12 points for WWU, which had a 39-30 advantage in rebounds and shot 50.0 percent from three-point range.
The triumph was third for the Vikings against a nationally ranked opponent this season, having already notched victories against BYU-Hawaii and Seattle Pacific.
The 80 WWU points were the most allowed by Rollins this season and the 61 points scored by the Tars were just one better than its previous low.