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Wildcats "Steal" 76-66 Win Over Northern Arizona
Courtesy: Weber State  
Release: Monday 02/12/2010
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      Weber State recorded a Big Sky Conference high 16 steals, and turned them into 25 points, defeating Northern Arizona, 76-66, Friday night before 5,791 at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.
     The main culprit for the Wildcats was forward Franklin Session who had eight steals. That is a game-high best by an individual in the Big Sky Conference this season. Session turned two of this thefts into spectacular slam dunks which ignited both the crowd and his teammates.
     “It was just one of those nights,” said Session. “I just seemed to be in the right place at the right time. My teammates helped with a lot of them, forcing their man to make some bad passes.”
     Session and Lillard put the rest of them on their backs as the Wildcats won for only the third time this season when they have had two, or less, players score in double figures.
Session scored 22 and Damian Lillard scored 26 while the rest of the team combined for just 28 points. 
    Session and Lillard combined to make 18-30 shots from the field, 7-12 from the three-point line, and 11 of the 16 steals.
     Northern Arizona jumped out to a quick 7-3 lead in the first two minutes of the game, but a three-pointer by Lillard, with 16:04 left, gave the Wildcats a lead they would never relinquish.  WSU led 37-28 at the break.
    The Wildcats built a couple of 19 point leads in the second half with the last one coming at the 5:28 mark, 69-50, and a reverse dunk by Session. NAU out scored the Wildcats 16-7 down the stretch to make it a ten-point game.
    NAU’s Cameron Jones, the Big Sky’s second leading scorer behind Damian Lillard, scored 24 points on 10-16 shooting from the field. DeAngelo Jones had 12 points and Josh Lepley came off the bench to score 11.
    Northern Arizona falls to 11-12 overall and 5-7 in Big Sky play. The Wildcats move to 16-8 overall and a first-place record of 10-2 in Big Sky Conference play.
    Weber State now faces Northern Colorado in a show down for first place. The game tips off tomorrow night (Sat. Feb. 13) at 7:05 p.m. at the Dee Events Center. The Bears defeated Idaho State in Pocatello on Friday night. They are now 9-3 in Big Sky play and 20-5 overall.


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