OGDEN - Jeremy Senglin’s hot start lifted Weber State to a 90-74 win over Southern Utah Thursday night at the Dee Events Center.
Senglin scored 23 points and knocked down seven 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to the win and got off to a great start. He scored 17 points in the first 5:25 of the game, with five 3-pointers. He started the games 5-of-6 from 3-point range.
During that stretch, Weber State went on a 21-0 run to blow the game open with a 24-5 lead, just over six minutes into the game. The ‘Cats made eight 3-pointers in the first half.
Weber State led by as many as 25 points at 61-36 with 14:52 to play, before a Southern Utah comeback. The Thunderbirds outscored the ‘Cats 29-12 over the next 11 minutes to cut the lead to eight points with 3:40 to play.
The Wildcats were 11-of-12 from the free throw line over the last 3:31 to seal the win.
“I thought we played really well in the first half and the start of the second half but then just took our foot off the gas,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “Mentally we let up and lost our edge. It’s human nature a little bit but we let Southern Utah become the aggressive team and a lot of credit goes to them. We were able to get it back at the end and get the win.”
The Wildcats shot 53 percent from the field, compared to 43 percent for the Thunderbirds. SUU outrebounded the ‘Cats 40-29 but Weber State had 20 assists and knocked down 12 3-pointers.
Senglin made at least six 3-pointers for the seventh time this season as he finished 7-of-13 from the line for his 23 points. The seven 3-pointers gave him 300 for his career and moved him into second place in the Big Sky all-time standings. He needs just nine more to become the conference’s all-time leader. It was the 14th time in 20 games he has reached at least 20 points.
Three other Wildcats scored in double figures with Ryan Richardson added 15 points with three 3-pointers. Kyndahl Hill also had 15 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds and Cody John scored 12 points with five assists.
Weber State improved to 13-7 overall and remained in first place with an 8-1 Big Sky record. The ‘Cats have won 11 of their last 12 games. WSU will be back home Saturday night to host Northern Arizona.