3/22/14 (1) Arizona 68, (16) Weber State 59
SAN DIEGO -- Arizona opened the NCAA tournament with a victory, exactly what a No. 1 seed is supposed to do.
The way it happened, with that jittery start and ease-off-the-gas-pedal finish, the Wildcats will likely hear those upset picks even more now.
Anxious early and a bit too comfortable late, top-seeded Arizona pulled out a 68-59 win over Weber State in the West Regional on Friday, a victory that's unlikely to change predictions that the Wildcats will lose in the next round.
"We are fortunate to advance and I know the next game will be a terrific game," Arizona coach Sean Miller said. "One of my hopes is, (having) one of these under our belts, we will be more ourselves and better on Sunday."
The first full day of the NCAA tournament was a wild one filled with upsets, and the bracket-busting trend continued early Friday, when Mercer, a No. 14 seed, knocked off mighty Duke.
Arizona (31-4) appeared to be next in line, falling into an 8-point hole in the opening 6 minutes.
Arizona closed in around Weber State (19-12), shutting down the Wildcats during two big first-half runs, seemingly putting the fairytale to bed.
Instead of running away, the Wildcats backed off, allowing Weber State to trim a 21-point lead down to nine in the closing minutes.
Arizona pulled out the victory, but it was merely solid, not great, particularly since the next game -- against Gonzaga on Sunday -- is the spot the Wildcats have been picked to go down.
Nick Johnson had 18 points, Aaron Gordon added 16 and Arizona blocked 11 shots while holding Weber State to 30 percent from the floor.
"We won and have to get ready for the next game," said guard Gabe York, who hit a pair of 3-pointers to jump-start Arizona out of its first-half funk. "The thrill of winning, moving on to the next round is what we play for."
Weber State put up a fight in its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2007, clearly not intimidated by Arizona and its cast of future NBA players.
The Wildcats jumped on Arizona early and clawed back when they could have folded, at least making the Wildcats uncomfortable before losing steam.
Davion Berry scored 24 points, Joel Bolomboy has 11 points and 16 rebounds, and Richaud Gittens added 12 points while triggering Weber State's second-half comeback.
"We came in expecting to win, trying to win," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "The guys did a tremendous job. I thought we could have pulled in the tents and our guys got a little more tough and showed resilience like they have all year."
Arizona had been in this spot before, facing a quick-trigger 3-point shooting team in the opening round.
A year ago, Belmont was a popular bracket buster pick against the Wildcats because of its ability to shoot the 3, but Arizona turned the slight into motivation and ran over the Bruins.
Even after an opening day of upsets in the bracket, there were no calls for one against Arizona this year.
But just as Mercer was busy taking down Duke, Weber State gave the 16-over-a-1-seed miracle a glimpse of life, holding Arizona without a field for nearly 5 minutes during a game-opening 10-2 run.
The dream popped with a flurry of blocked shots, steals and runouts the other direction.
After falling into the early hole, one of the nation's best defenses flexed its muscles against the Big Sky-champion Wildcats, jumping into passing lanes, swatting shots, turning nearly every possession into a fight against the shot clock.
Weber State missed 12 of 13 shots as Arizona went on two big runs and shot 6 of 24 in the first half with nine turnovers that Arizona turned into 12 points.
"They are a great defensive team as we know," Weber State senior guard Jordan Richardson said. "We just had to get good shots and didn't."
The desert Wildcats shook off their early offensive funk with an array of dunks and 3-pointers, racing past Weber State with runs of 14-2 and 13-3 to go up 32-20 at halftime.
Arizona looked as if it was going to run away with it early in the second half, only to watch Weber State scratch a huge lead to under double digits with 4 1-2 minutes left.
Arizona turned back every attempt Weber State made after that to pull out the victory, but will likely face more upset predictions for the third round after this one.
"We know we'll need to play better in the next round," Miller said.
3/15/14 Tresnak's Big Night Help Weber State Win Big Sky
3/15/14 Wildcats headed to NCAA Tournament! Weber State beats North Dakota 88-67 in Big Sky Chamionship
OGDEN, Utah -- Kyle Tresnak scored 27 points and Davion Berry added 19 to help Weber State beat North Dakota 88-67 on Saturday for the Big Sky tournament championship and an automatic NCAA berth.
Joel Bolomboy added 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (19-11, 14-6 Big Sky), who earned their first NCAA tournament spot since 2007.
Troy Huff had 17 points and Alonzo Traylor added 15 to lead North Dakota(17-16, 12-8 Big Sky) which trailed from start to finish. UND has lost all six meetings in its series with Weber State.
North Dakota shot just 39.3 percent from the field and trailed by double digits almost the entire second half. The Wildcats had no trouble finding their shot. Weber State shot 56.6 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from the perimeter.
Weber State opened the game by hitting 10 of its first 11 shots from the field. It forced North Dakota to play from behind the entire first half.
Strong outside shooting ended up making a major difference. The Wildcats shot 53.8 percent from the perimeter in the first half.
Weber State scored on each of its first seven possessions to take an 18-6 lead over North Dakota. Berry had a big hand in the hot start. He drove for a layup, made a 3-pointer and hit a pair of free throws to help push Weber State's lead to double digits.
UND struggled to hang close to the Wildcats. North Dakota made four baskets in its next five possessions -- culminating in a jumper from Traylor -- to cut the lead to 21-14. But Tresnak responded with three straight baskets in the paint to stop the run and boost the Wildcats to a 27-16 lead with 10:49 left before halftime.
Weber State built its largest first-half lead when Berry hit a pair of free throws to put the Wildcats ahead 36-23 with 5:03 remaining in the half. UND cut the deficit to seven points three times in the final five minutes, but Berry made a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Wildcats a 44-34 halftime lead.
Slowing down Weber State did not get any easier for North Dakota in the second half. UND cut its deficit to nine at one point when Quinton Hooker hit a pair of free throws to make it 54-45.
Starting with a layup from Berry, the Wildcats had three straight baskets to seize momentum again. They went up 65-49 on a tip-in basket from Bolomboy with 11:34 remaining.
Weber State pushed its lead to 20 points when Tresnak drove in for a layup to make it 75-55 with 7:18 left.
3/14/14 Weber State beats Northern Colorado in semifinal
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry had seven of his 15 points in overtime on Friday night and top-seeded Weber State survived a scare from No. 6 seed Northern Colorado 66-63 in the semifinals of the Big Sky tournament.
Berry scored five points in the first 44 seconds of overtime to give the Wildcats (18-11) a 60-55 lead and assisted on a Jordan Richardson 3-pointer to extend to 63-56 with 2:03 left.
The Bears (18-11) went on a 7-1 run to close within one, and Berry answered with a layup with 12 seconds left to advance Weber State to 66-63.
Jordan Wilson's attempt at a buzzer-beating 3-pointer for NCU was long and the Wildcats advanced to the championship where they will host No. 2 seed North Dakota(17-15) Saturday night.
Derrick Barden scored 21 for Northern Colorado, which fell behind 48-37 before finishing the second half on an 18-7 run to force overtime.
3/13/14 The Big Sky Awards - 4 WSU Players Honored
The Big Sky Conference announced the selections for all-conference awards. From 1963 (the inaugural year of the Big Sky) until 1990, the conference named a 1st & 2nd team. From 1991 to 2006 they only named a 1st team. In 2007 the 2nd team award was re-instated as well as adding the honorable mention list. The panel of voters are the 9 head coaches.
2013-14 Big Sky All-Conference Selections
First Team Davion Berry, Weber State
Kareem Jamar, UM
Troy Huff, UND
Quinton Upshur, NAU
Tyler Harvey, EWU
Mikh McKinney, Sac
Second Team Kyle Tresnak, Weber State
Chris Hansen, ISU
Tate Unruh, UNC
Derrick Barden, UNC
Gary Winston, PSU
Honorable Mention Joel Bolomboy, Weber State
Venky Jois, EWU
Keron DeShields, UM
Jordan Gregory, UM
Flavien Davis, MSU
Aaron Anderson, UND
Jamal Webb, UND
Max Jacobsen, NAU
DaShaun Wiggins, PSU
Dylan Garrity, Sac
Individual Awards Most Valuable Player - Davion Berry, Weber State Freshman of the Year - Jeremy Senglin, Weber State Defensive Player of the Year - Joel Bolomboy, Weber State
Newcomer of the Year - Quinton Upshur, NAU
Reserve of the Year - Jamal Webb, UND & DaShaun Wiggins, PSU
All-Time Big Sky 1st Team Players
Weber State 76
Idaho State 44
Montana State 39
Northern Arizona 30
Eastern Washington 25
Portland State 21
Sacramento State 5
Northern Colorado 4
North Dakota 1
Southern Utah 0
All-Time Big Sky 2nd Team Players
Montana 29 Weber State 28
Idaho State 24
Montana State 23
Northern Arizona 16 Portland State 5 Eastern Washington 4 Northern Colorado 3 Southern Utah 2 North Dakota 1 Sacramento State 0
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3/8/14 WSU Clinches Outright Title As Tourney Field Comes Into Focus
UM's Jamar, WSU's Bolomboy Share Player of the Week http://bigskyconf.com/
3/8/14 Big Sky Tournament seedings
1. Weber State
2. North Dakota
3. Northern Arizona
5. Portland State
6. Northern Colorado
7. Sacramento State
3/8/14 WSU wins outright conference title
Weber State 82, Eastern Washington 78
CHENEY, Wash. -- Davion Berry scored 24 points and Joel Bolomboy added 14 points and 11 rebounds as Weber State survived an Eastern Washington rally for an 82-78 victory on Saturday.
Weber State (17-11, 14-6), as the Big Sky regular-season champion, receives a bye into the conference tournament. The Eagles (15-16, 10-10) could have clinched a berth with a win but was left to wait for the outcomes of games late Saturday night.
Tyler Harvey led EWU with 24 points. Parker Kelly added 20.
Weber State led by 18 with 8 minutes left when EWU began to chip away, getting within 80-78 with 48 seconds left on a basket by Kelly. EWU got the ball back with 15 seconds left but Kelly missed a 3-pointer with 4 seconds left. A pair of WSU free throws ended the game.
The Wildcats finished the first half on a 14-2 run for a 43-32 lead.
3/8/14 Portland State 66, Weber State 59
PORTLAND, Ore. -- DaShaun Wiggins scored 20 points and Gary Winston added 18 points as Portland State defeated Big Sky Conference-leading Weber State 66-59 Thursday night.
Portland State (15-13, 10-9) is in a three-way tie with Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington for fifth place in the conference, and is in the hunt for one of the seven spots in the conference tournament. The Vikings conclude their regular season hosting Idaho State (11-17, 8-11) on Saturday.
Richaud Gittens made a pair of free throws for Weber State, tying the game at 43 with 5:34 remaining. Portland State answered with a 12-1 run, including two 3-pointers by Wiggins, to take a 55-44 lead with 2:09 remaining. Gittens scored to pull the Wildcats within 61-55 with 55 seconds left before the Vikings hit 5 of 6 from the line to cap their scoring.
Davion Berry scored 17 points to lead Weber State (16-11, 13-6).
3/3/14 NAU 73, Weber State 71 OT
Ogden, Utah -- Quitnon Upshur scored 26, including all five Northern Arizona points in overtime, and Max Jacobsen added 16 as Northern Arizona upset Weber State 73-71 Saturday night.
Upshur hit 5-of-9 3-pointers and Jacobsen finished 8 of 11 from the field as Northern Arizona (13-16, 10-8 Big Sky) shot 50 percent from behind the arc.
A layup by Upshur with 1:43 remaining gave NAU a 65-54 lead but Weber State (16-10, 13-5) used a 12-2 run, sparked by a 3-pointer and capped by a layup from Davion Berry, to pull within one with 38 seconds to go.
Upshur made 1 of 2 free throws before Berry was fouled on a layup with 9 seconds left in regulation. He missed the free throw, sending the game into overtime.
Upshur's 3-pointer with 11 seconds left in the extra frame proved to be the game winner.
2/27/14 Weber State wins 20th Big Sky title Weber State 79, Sac State 67
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 20 points and dished out 11 assists while grabbing 6 rebounds and Weber State clinched a top spot in the Big Sky Conference by downing Sacramento State 79-67 on Thursday night.
Kyle Tresnak added 18 points while Jeremy Senglin and Joel Bolomboy scored 13 each with Bolomboy also grabbing 14 rebounds for the Wildcats, who shot 55 percent from the field and out-rebounded the Hornets 36-25.
Weber State was up 41-34 at halftime and pushed that lead to 14 in the second period, 69-55, with 5 minutes to play. Weber State never trailed in the game.
Mikh McKinney led Sacramento State (13-13, 9-8) with 21 points and nine assists.
Weber State (16-9, 13-4) has now won two-in-a-row after dropping two games before that and have clinched at least a tie for the conference title.
2/22/14 Wildcats go 2-2 on 4 game road trip, despite playing 3 in 6 days Weber State 86, Montana State 68
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Davion Berry scored 20 points and Jordan Richardson 19 and Weber State ended a two-game skid to remain atop the Big Sky Conference by blasting Montana State 86-68 on Saturday night.
Jeremy Senglin added 12 points and Joel Bolomboy matched his season average of 11 rebounds for the Wildcats who landed 58 percent from the field, and hit 10-of-17 3-pointers while Montana managed just two of eight from beyond the arc.
Weber State (15-9, 12-4) jumped out to a nine-point halftime advantage and increased that lead to as many as 18 as the second period came to a close. The Bobcats grabbed 15 offensive boards (the Wildcats just six) in preventing an even larger point spread.
Flavien Davis scored 15 and Paul Egwuonwu recorded 14 points for Montana State (13-14, 8-8), which needed a victory to remain in a five-way tie for 3rd place in the conference.
2/22/14 Montana 68, Weber State 57 OT
MISSOULA, Mont. -- Kareem Jamar scored 25 points as Montana handed Big Sky Conference leader Weber State its second-straight loss 68-57 on Thursday.
The Grizzlies (13-11, 8-7) shot 57.4 percent to snap a two-game skid to move from a five-way tie for fifth place into a four-way tie for third with five games remaining. Weber State (14-9, 11-4) is now one game ahead of Northern Colorado. Only seven teams make the league tournament.
Jeremy Senglin matched his career-high with 23 points for WSU. Jordan Richardson set a league record for games played with 124.
Montana, which led 33-32 at the half, took the lead for good when Jamar made back-to-back 3s for a 48-44 lead with 10:41 left. Jordan Richardson cut the lead to 50-49 with a 3 but the Grizzlies took control with an 11-2 surge. Jordan Gregory started it with a three-point play and Eric Hutchinson scored the last six points.
2/17/14 Idaho State 78, Weber State 75 OT
POCATELLO, Idaho -- Chris Hansen had 27 points and made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:29 left in overtime to lead Idaho State past Weber State 78-75 on Monday night.
Hansen also gave Idaho State (9-13, 6-7 Big Sky) a 75-74 lead on a 3-pointer with 2:12 left in overtime. Hansen was 8 of 16 from the field and made all four of his 3-point attempts and all seven of his free throws.
Joel Bolomboy made a free throw to pull Weber State (14-7, 11-2) even at 75-75, but Davion Berry missed a 3-point attempt to tie the game in the final seconds.
Tomas Sanchez had 12 points and Jeffrey Solarin added 10 for the Bengals who moved into a five-way tie for fifth place in the Big Sky.
Berry had 20 points and Jeremy Senglin added 18 for Weber State which remains two games ahead of Northern Colorado (9-4) for the conference lead.
2/13/14 Weber State 75, SUU 55
CEDAR CITY, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 23 points as Weber State cruised to a 75-55 win over Southern Utah on Thursday.
Weber State (14-7, 11-2 Big Sky) shot 60.5 percent from the floor, including 10 of 17 from beyond the arc. Kyle Tresnak had 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting.
Jaren Jeffery led Southern Utah (1-21, 0-13) with 11 points, while A.J. Hess added 10.
Weber State raced out to a 20-9 lead -- helped by 3-pointers from Kyndahl Hill and Jordan Richardson -- less than 8 minutes in and never trailed in the game. They led 38-22 at intermission.
The Thunderbirds opened the second half with a 12-2 run to cut their deficit to six, but Weber State head coach Randy Rahe called timeout and his team responded with an 8-2 spurt and didn't look back from there.
2/13/14 Big Sky: Thursday, Feb 13
Weber State 75, SUU 55
Northern Colorado 89, Montana 86 OT
Montana State 78, North Dakota 70
Northern Arizona 65, Portland State 63
Eastern Washington 85, Sacramento State 72
2/9/14 Big Sky: Saturday, Feb 8
Weber State 79, Northern Colorado 65
Montana 82, Eastern Washington 77
North Dakota 80, Idaho State 75
Montana State 69, Portland State 64
Northern Arizona 64, Southern Utah 57
2/9/14 26 straight conference home wins Weber State 79, Northern Colorado 65
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry and Jeremy Senglin each scored 15 points, and Joel Bolomboy added 12 with 13 rebounds as Big Sky-leading Weber State topped second-place Northern Colorado 79-65 Saturday night.
The Wildcats (13-7, 10-2) shot 53.3 percent from the field and drained 12 of 20 3-pointers. Jordan Richardson had 14 points and Berry finished with six assists.
Northern Colorado (13-8, 7-5) was held to 23-of-60 shooting and went 4 of 13 from the perimeter. Tate Unruh led the Bears with 18 points and Derrick Barden had 11.
WSU jumped out to a 14-2 lead with Richardson and Senglin each hitting a 3-pointer. UNC fought back to tie the game at 26, but the Wildcats closed the half on a 13-6 run.
Senglin sank two more 3-pointers to help WSU move out to a 52-34 lead early in the second half, and they coasted to their 26th-straight conference win at home.
2/6/14 Weber State 84, North Dakota 72
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 21 points and Joel Bolomboy added 20 points and 10 rebounds as Weber State took down North Dakota 84-72 on Thursday.
Weber State (12-7, 9-2 Big Sky) won its 25th consecutive regular season home conference game and has a two-game lead atop the conference standings.
The Wildcats took a 38-32 advantage to halftime and slowly built the lead in the second half. With the lead at 52-46 and 10:57 left, Weber State put together a 9-0 run that began with a three-point play from Bolomboy. North Dakota(9-12, 6-5) could not cut the deficit to fewer than eight points the rest of the way.
Kyle Tresnak scored 16 points for the Wildcats and Jeremy Senglin added 13.
Jaron Nash had 27 points and nine rebounds for North Dakota. Troy Huff added 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Webb had 11 points and six assists.
2/6/14 Big Sky: Thursday, Feb 6
Weber State 84, North Dakota 72
Idaho State 73, Northern Colorado 70
Montana 82, Portland State 76 OT
Eastern Washington 79, Montana State 50
Sacramento State 87, Northern Arizona 70
2/1/14 Sac State 78, Weber State 75 OT
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dylan Garrity heaved a buzzer-beating 75-foot 3-pointer at the end of overtime for Sacramento State, shocking Big Sky Conference leading Weber State 78-75 on Saturday night.
The Hornets (8-11, 4-6) were trailing by one when a double technical foul was called on Weber State, giving Mikh McKinney four free throw attempts. McKinney, who finished with 30 points, sank all four to lead 75-72 with seven seconds left.
Weber State (11-7, 8-2) tied the game as Davion Berry sank a contested 3-pointer with less than a second remaining. Garrity corralled the ensuing inbounds pass and swished it from Weber State's 3-point line.
Garrity finished with 13 points and Eric Stuteville had 14 with nine rebounds.
Berry led the Wildcats with 29 points, Kyle Tresnak had 20 and Jeremy Senglin added 16. Joel Bolomboy pulled in 15 rebounds.
Weber State saw its six-game winning streak snapped.
2/1/14 Big Sky: Saturday, Feb 1
Eastern Washington 94, Northern Colorado 90 OT
Northern Arizona 67, Idaho State 65
Montana State 54, Southern Utah 52
Sacramento State 78, Weber State 75 OT
Portland State 70, North Dakota 68
1/30/14 Big Sky: Thursday
Weber State 76, Northern Arizona 67
Portland State 80, Northern Colorado 57
Montana 69, Southern Utah 61
North Dakota 73, Eastern Washington 61
Sacramento State 84, Idaho State 78
1/30/14 Weber State 76, NAU 67
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Davion Berry scored 28 points to lead Weber State to a 76-67 win over Northern Arizona on Thursday.
Jeremy Senglin added 15 points and Joel Bolomboy had 13 rebounds for the Wildcats (10-6, 7-1), who shot 53.8 percent and made 28 of 40 free throws. Berry was 10 of 11 from the line and hit 4 of 7 3-pointers as WSU went 6-12 behind the arc.
Weber State coach Randy Rahe picked up his 100th conference win against 25 losses. He is 161-81 at WSU.
Max Jacobsen had 18 points for NAU (8-12, 5-4) with Quinton Upshur adding 15 and Kris Yanku 14. The Lumberjacks were 1-11 on 3's and shot 41.4 percent.
Weber built a double-figure lead by limiting Upshur, who averages 15.5 points, to just 5 free throws through 31 minutes. He only got off two shots before making a layup with 8:16 to play.
1/25/14 Weber State 68, Montana 63
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 25 points to lift Weber State to a 68-63 win Saturday night over Montana.
Joel Bolomboy contributed 12 points and grabbed a career-high 19 nrebounds, Kyndahl Hill added 11 points and Kyle Tresnak had 10 for Weber State (10-6, 7-1 Big Sky), which shot 23 of 49 from the field in its fourth-straight win.
With the score tied at 50 late in the second half, the Wildcats used an 8-0 spurt fueled by five Bolomboy free throws to build the lead it would protect down the stretch.
Montana (8-9, 3-5) shaved the gap to four on a 3-pointer from Kareem Jamar that made it 67-63 with 18 seconds to go but missed its two final shots, as Weber State landed just 1 of 4 from the foul line.
Jamar led the Grizzlies with 20 points, while Michael Weisner added 17, Jordan Gregory 13 and Keron DeShields 11.
1/25/14 Big Sky: Saturday
Weber State 68, Montana 63
Northern Colorado 72, Sacramento State 62
North Dakota 84, Northern Arizona 68
Idaho State 69, Montana State 64
Portland State 67, Southern Utah 64
1/23/14 Weber State 86, Montana State 57
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored a season-high 25 points and hot-shooting Weber State overwhelmed Montana State 86-57 on Thursday night to stay tied for first place in the Big Sky Conference.
With its fourth victory in a row, Weber State (9-6 overall) improved to 6-1 in the Big Sky to remain deadlocked with Northern Colorado.
Jeremy Senglin added 13 points and Jordan Richardson and Kyle Tresnak 12 apiece. Joel Bolomboy scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. The Wildcats hit 28 of 45 shots for 62.2 percent, including 10 of 22 3-pointers (45.5 percent).
The Wildcats led by 10 at halftime. The Bobcats got within seven early in the second half before Weber State pulled away.
Paul Egwuonwu scored 14 points and Marcus Colbert 10 for the Bobcats (9-9, 4-3), who shot 36.8 percent. Montana State has lost two straight.
1/20/14 Weber State 65, Idaho State 59
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 23 points and had six assists as Weber State held on for a 65-59 victory over Idaho State Monday night.
Weber State (8-6, 5-1 Big Sky Conference) held a 26-22 halftime advantage and led 53-41 with 6:26 remaining in the game. Idaho State made a run, closing to 59-57 with 46 seconds remaining following two 3-point shots by Chris Hansen. The Wildcats answered as Jordan Richardson, who had 18 points, made two free throws and Berry followed with a layup and two free throws to secure the win.
Weber State won the rebound battle 38 to 27 as Joel Bolomboy had 16 and Kyle Tesnak pulled down 11. The Wildcats also made 12 of 25 shots from beyond the arc.
Hansen led Idaho State (6-9, 3-3) with 27 points and Tomas Sanchez contributed 12 points and four assists.
1/18/14 Big Sky Saturday: Jan 18 Big Sky Scoreboard | Forum
Weber State 65, Southern Utah 59 | Northern Colorado 84, Montana 73
North Dakota 72, Montana State 69 | Northern Arizona 77, Portland State 56
Sacramento State 75, Eastern Washington 64
1/18/14 Weber State 65, Southern Utah 59
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 25 points, with 18 of them coming from the foul line, to lead Weber State to a 65-59 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night.
Weber State (7-6, 4-1 Big Sky) won the game on 31-of-43 free throw shooting, with Berry's 18 penalty buckets in a single game tying a school record. Southern Utah (1-14, 0-6) made just 12 trips to the free throw line for seven points.
With the score tied at 51 late in the second half, the Wildcats used a 6-0 spurt sparked by a Kyndahl Hill dunk to carve out the lead it would hold down the stretch and extend their Big Sky home win streak to 21. Berry was the only Weber State player to reach double figures.
Trey Kennedy led Southern Utah with 17 points. A.J Hess and Jaren Jeffery scored 16 points apiece for the Thunderbirds before fouling out.
1/16/14 Big Sky Thursday Big Sky Scoreboard | Forum
Montana State 70, Northern Colorado 55 | Northern Arizona 84, Eastern Washington 65
Montana 84, North Dakota 71 | Idaho State 60, Southern Utah 45
Portland State 68, Sacramento State 64 OT
1/12/14 Big Sky Saturday Big Sky Scoreboard | Forum
Weber State 72, North Dakota 60 | Portland State 81, Montana 78 3OT
Northern Colorado 82, Idaho State 75 | Eastern Washington 77, Montana State 72
Sacramento State 77, Southern Utah 49
1/12/14 Wildcats get first road win Weber State 72, North Dakota 60
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Jordan Richardson scored 16 points and Weber State earned its first road win of the season with a 72-60 victory over North Dakota on Saturday.
Weber State (6-6, 3-1 Big Sky) scored the first nine points of the game before North Dakota responded with a 10-0 run of its own.
Weber State began to pull away late in the first half, closing with a 16-6 run for a 36-24 halftime lead. North Dakota(5-9, 2-2) never got closer than being down seven in the second half.
Jeremy Senglin had 15 points for the Wildcats. Davion Berry added 12 and Byron Fulton had 10. Richardson led a 9 of 17 Weber State effort from behind the 3-point line, hitting 4 of his 5 attempts.
Troy Huff scored 17 for North Dakota, making 10 of 11 attempts from the free throw line. Jaron Nash had 14 points and Alonzo Traylor added 10.
1/9/14 Northern Colorado 70, Weber State 51
GREELEY, Colo. -- Derrick Barden scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Northern Colorado rolled to a 70-51 win over Weber State in a Big Sky Conference matchup on Thursday night.
Barden had nine points during a 13-4 Northern Colorado run to finish the first half as the Bears took a 35-26 halftime lead. Northern Colorado (9-3, 3-0) led by as many as 22 in the second half, shooting 48.3 percent from the field in the half compared with just 29.4 percent for Weber State (5-6, 2-1).
The Bears shot 50 percent from the field in the game, including 7 of 15 from 3-point range.
Tevin Svihovec scored 15 for Northern Colorado, hitting 3 of 4 from long range. Tim Huskisson added 12 points and five assists while Tate Unruh had 10 points.
Kyle Tresnak scored 14 points and Davion Berry 13 for the Wildcats. Joel Bolomboy had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
1/9/14 Big Sky Thursday Big Sky Scoreboard | Forum
Northern Colorado 70, Weber State 51 | Eastern Washington 69, Montana 62
North Dakota 66, Idaho State 62 | Montana State 79, Portland State 76
Northern Arizona 75, Sacramento State 65
1/8/14 WSU home win streak; Rahe moving up in Big Sky records for wins Big Sky Conference http://bigskyconf.com/
WEBER EXTENDS STREAK: Weber State opened conference play with home wins over Eastern Washington and Portland State last week. The Wildcats have now won 20 straight regular-season conference games at the Dee Events Center dating back to a 79-59 loss to Eastern Washington on March 2, 2011. Including the postseason, WSU has won 21 straight over Big Sky teams at the Dee Events Center. Under Randy Rahe, Weber State is 56-4 at home in regular-season conference games.
RAHE SIXTH: Weber State's Randy Rahe now ranks sixth on the Big Sky's all-time win list with 155. Rahe surpassed former Montana coach Mike Montgomery (154) with the Wildcats' win over Portland State on Saturday. He is four behind former WSU and Idaho coach Joe Cravens. Rahe is tied with former WSU coach Neil McCarthy for fourth in all-time conference wins with 94. Former Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras is third with 99 conference wins. Former Boise State coach Bobby Dyke is second with 102.
12/1/13 Weber State 72, San Jose State 55
OGDEN, Utah -- Davion Berry scored 20 points with six assists and two steals as Weber State snagged its first win of the season, beating San Jose State 72-55 Saturday night.
Joel Bolomboy scored 8 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Wildcats (1-3). Richaud Gittens came off the bench to score 10.
Down 39-32 at 14:17 in the second, Rashad Muhammad sank three 3-pointers in just over two minutes to help give the Spartans a temporary lead. The Wildcats' Royce Williams answered with a 3-pointer, sparking a 16-0 run to give the advantage back to Weber State.
Berry and Bolomboy finished off the Spartans in the final three minutes, scoring seven of the game's final eight points for the Weber State win.
Chris Cunningham scored 10 points with 14 rebounds and two assists for the Spartans (2-6). Muhammad had 17 points including four 3-pointers.
11/27/13 Utah State 77, Weber State 71
OGDEN, Utah -- Jarred Shaw scored 20 points on Tuesday night and Utah State overcame a halftime deficit to spoil Weber State's home opener 77-71.
USU (5-0) had the ball up five with 1:29 to go and almost ran out the shot clock before Shaw's dunk made it 73-66. Utah State then made a defensive stop to force Weber State to foul with 27 seconds remaining.
Preston Medlin missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and Davion Berry quickly scored for Weber State, but TeNale Roland answered with a wide-open layup and Spencer Butterfield made two insurance free throws to seal the Aggies' win.
USU benefited from strong interior scoring. Along with Shaw's 20, Kyle Davis and Butterfield each finished with 16 points.
The Aggies are off to their first 5-0 start since 2008-09.
Berry led Weber State (0-3) with 21 points and the Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field.
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Loyola Mary 90, NAU 78 | Washington 92, Eastern Washington 80
#22 UCLA 86, Sac State 50 | Cal 75, SUU 47 | Idaho State 93, San Francisco 90 OT
#12 Wisconsin 103, North Dakota 85 | Eastern Washington 82, Walla Walla 44 Wednesday
New Mexico State 67, Northern Colorado 63 Thursday
CS Northridge 74, Montana State 73 Friday
Eastern Washington 80, Boston U 68 | Montana State 59, Central Michigan 54 San Francisco 75, Montana 74
Colorado State 72, Northern Colorado 65 | Portland State 67, Loyola IL 63 Saturday
Eastern Washington 102, LIU Brooklyn 70 | CS Bakersfield 71, Idaho State 69
Austin Peay 78, Montana State 72
NAU 83, San Diego Christian 59 | Portland State 77, SIU Edwardsville 74 | UC Riverside 74, SUU 59
11/16/13 Colorado State 88, Weber State 67
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- J.J. Avila scored a career-high 30 points and helped Colorado State to an 88-67 non-conference win over Weber State on Saturday.
Colorado State (2-1) led 41-27 at the half and Weber State did nothing to erase that deficit in the second half. Avila was perfect 9-of-9 from the free throw line and made 53 percent (10-19) of his attempts from the field -this after scoring just 2 points against Gonzaga last Monday. Daniel Bejarano added 18 points and 9 rebounds for the Rams. The Rams hit 54 percent of their shots from the field.
Weber State (0-2) committed 14 turnovers and made only 3-of-13 from the 3-point line as Colorado stymied the Wildcats offense. Jeremy Senglin scored 17 points, while Joel Bolomboy and Daylon Barry had 12 each.
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Texas Tech 88, NAU 68
Utah State 90, SUU 57
Minnesota 84, Montana 58
Northern Colorado 98, CO Christian 74
CS Bakersfield 74, Sac State 66
Portland State 79, Pacific Lutheran 43
North Dakota 110, Minnesota-Morris 69
Montana 77, South Dakota State 69
Arizona State 88, Idaho State 60
USC 67, NAU 63
Colorado State 88, Weber State 67
UC Riverside 72, Montana State 67
11/9/13 Next up: Colorado State
Weber State will travel to Colorado State next Saturday for the first time since 1995-96. The CSU Rams are 1-0 with a 99-70 win over UC Colorado Springs Friday night. The Rams now head to Spokane to play Gonzaga on Monday then they will host Weber State next Saturday. The Rams also beat Regis College (DII) in their lone exhibition game 70-69. In the Regis game, CSU took the lead with 13 seconds left to secure the win in a nervy derby.
Weber State is 5-1 all-time vs Colorado State but next week's game will be the first during the Rahe era. The 'Cats are 104-102 against current Mountain West teams.
Boise State 41-28
Utah State 26-39
Colorado State 5-1
Fresno State 4-1
San Jose State 2-3
New Mexico 2-2
Air Force 2-1
San Diego State 0-1
The Rams' head coach Larry Eustachy is very familiar with Weber State. He was Utah State's head coach from 1993-98 and Idaho's coach from 1990-93 when the Vandals were in the Big Sky. He was also an assistant at Utah from 1987-89. In his 24 seasons as a head coach he has won 8 conference titles and has an overall record of 428-266. He won the Big Sky in 1993. Eustachy's last matchup against Weber was in 2008-09 when he led Southern Miss to a 68-49 win over the Wildcats in Biloxi, MS.
Eustachy is 6-6 vs Weber State: 3-4 Idaho, 2-2 Utah State, 1-0 Southern Miss.
Weber State vs Colorado State
1967-68: @ W 71-61; W 88-73
1973-74: @ L 75-68
1974-75: W 67-58
1995-96: @ W 66-58
2001-02: W 72-69 (neutral)
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NAU 74, Texas-San Antonio 63
Idaho State 99, Evergreen State 62
CS Fullerton 84, Montana State 55
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Northern Colorado 60, Kansas State 58
BYU 81, Weber State 27
UNLV 67, Portland State 48
Sacramento State 73, UC Santa Cruz 43
Southern Utah 85, Arizona Christian 78
11/9/13 BYU 81, Weber State 72
PROVO, Utah -- Tyler Haws scored 28 points and Matt Carlino added 22 to lead BYU to an 81-72 win over in-state rival Weber State Friday night.
Despite BYU leads of 19 points in the first half and 20 in the second half, The Wildcats would not quit. Down 44-33 at halftime, Weber State clawed back early with multiple baskets by Jeremy Senglin to pull within six at 46-40 with almost 18 minutes remaining in the game.
The Cougars responded with a 15-1 run capped by a Carlino's basket with 12:58 remaining to push the lead back to 61-41.
Kyle Collinsworth scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Haws led BYU with 13 boards.
Kyle Tresnak led Weber State with 24 points while Berry scored 23, most of which came in the second half. Also in double figures were Senglin and Bolomboy with 14 and 11 respectively. Bolomboy also pulled down 13 rebounds.
Weber State's Davion Berry, who scored only six in the first half, responded to the Cougar run by scoring eight straight including two 3-pointers to get the Wildcats back in the game at 61-49 with 11:51 remaining.
The Cougars answered again with seven straight of their own to push the lead back to 68-49. The Wildcats stayed away from the blowout, but couldn't pull any closer than nine on Berry's basket with 1:08 remaining, which provided the final margin.
In the first half, BYU jumped ahead early and led 17-3 when Haws hit two free throws with 13:02 left in the half. The Cougars took their largest lead of the half at 35-16 when Haws hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 Cougar run with 6:16 left before the break. The basket was one of Haws' 14 first half points. The Wildcats fought back though and cut the lead to 44-33 at halftime on back-to-back baskets by Joel Bolomboy.
BYU shot 44 percent to Weber State's 39 percent and the Cougars also had the advantage on the boards at 46-40.
11/2/13 Exhibition game tonight against Adams State Game Notes | Twitter | Forum
Tonight at 7:00 pm Weber State will play its first game of the season. The 'Cats will host Adams State (DII) in an exhibtion warmup game before heading down to Provo next week to play at BYU. Adams State lost in Logan last night to Utah State 86-55.
Coach Rahe is 12-0 against exhibition opponents. There will be no radio or online feed for tonight's game.
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Weber State at BYU
Portland State at UNLV
Northern Colorado at Kansas State
UC Santa Cruz (DIII) at Sacramento State
Arizona Christian (NAIA) at Southern Utah
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10/17/13 Big Sky coaches & media polls released
Weber State has been picked 1st in both polls. The 'Cats have now been picked in the top two six times in the eight seasons that make up the Rahe era. Coach Rahe has had the Wildcats finish in the top two five times in his seven previous seasons as Weber State head coach including three Big Sky titles.
The annual Purple & White game is next Wednesday.
9/29/13 Big Sky basketball predictions for 2013-14
College basketball is almost here. Official practice is underway and the Purple & White game is fastly approaching - Wednesday, October 24th. The Big Sky coaches and media polls usually are released the third week of October. Lindy's Sports college basketball preview is out as well Sporting News has released its hoops preview for 2013-14.
If the coaches and media polls are anything like Lindy's & Sporting News, Weber would be picked in the top two for the 5th time in 6 years. Coach Rahe has had the Wildcats finish in the top two five times in his seven seasons as Weber State head coach including three Big Sky titles.
All-conference 1st team
G, Davion Berry, Weber State, Sr
C, Kyle Tresnak, Weber State, Sr
G, Kareem Jamar, Montana, Sr
G, Troy Huff, North Dakota, Sr
F, Derrick Barden, Northern Colorado, Sr
All-conference 2nd team
G, Aaron Anderson, North Dakota, Sr
G, Tate Unruh, Northern Colorado, Sr
G, Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State, Jr
F, Venky Jois, Eastern Washington, So
F, Aaron Moore, Portland State, Sr
Player of the year: Davion Berry, Weber State
Newcomer of the year: Quinton Upshur, Northern Arizona
Best shooter: Tate Unruh, Northern Colorado
Best rebounder: Derrick Barden, Northern Colorado
Best playmaker: Dylan Garrity, Sacramento State
Best defender: Venky Jois, Eastern Washington
Most versatile: Kareem Jamar, Montana
Best NBA prospect: Davion Berry, Weber State
Sporting News Accolades
G, Davion Berry, Weber State, Sr
G, Kareem Jamar, Montana, Sr
G, Troy Huff, North Dakota, Sr
F, Derrick Barden, Northern Colorado, Sr
F, Venky Jois, Eastern Washington, So
Top player: Kareem Jamar, Montana
Top newcomer: Jaron Nash, North Dakota
Top coach: Randy Rahe, Weber State
Article is just a brief mention about the Big Sky to predict the MVP award for 2014 but it is only August after all. No mention of Weber State's Davion Berry or Montana's Kareem Jamar. All 3 players will be seniors in the upcoming season and likely the top 3 MVP candidates. Many fans are speculating Weber State, Montana and North Dakota to be listed as top 3 in the Big Sky coaches/media poll coming in October.
Big Sky MVP's during the Rahe era
2013: Kareem Jamar, Montana
2012: Damian Lillard, Weber State
2011: Devon Beitzel, Northern Colorado
2010: Damian Lillard, Weber State
2009: Kellen McCoy, Weber State
2008: Jeremiah Dominguez, Portland State
2007: David Patten, Weber State
Three of the past 8 Big Sky MVP's were NBA first round draft picks - Damian Lillard (twice) and Rodney Stuckey (2006, EWU).
8/6/13 Colorado high school center commits Zach Braxton is a 6'9" big man who just verballed to Weber State. He will play his senior season next year at Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. Last season as a junior he averaged 15.8 ppg, 11.3 rpg and 3.4 bpg.