Wildcats head to San Jose State Thursday
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Release: Thursday 11/14/2012
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Davion Berry led the Wildcats with 17 points in Friday's win.

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Game #2    Weber State (1-0) at
    San Jose State (0-2)
    Thursday, Nov. 15 • 8:30 p.m. (MST)   
    San Jose, CA • The Event Center (5,000)
Radio:    AM-1280 “The Zone”
Video:    sjsupartans.com (fee)
Live stats:    sjsupartans.com
Series:    series tied 2-2
In San Jose:    San Jose State leads 2-0
Last meeting:    12/03/11 - Ogden - WSU 91, SJSU 89 (2ot)

     Weber State hits the road for the first of three straight road games when the Wildcats take on San Jose State Thursday night.  Weber State will meet the Spartans for the third-straight year when the two teams meet at The Event Center Thursday night.  Tipoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Pacific time (8:30 p.m. Mountain). 
    The Wildcats are 1-0 and coming off a 110-52 win over Arizona Christian in the season opener last Friday at home.  WSU host 64 percent from the field and had seven players in double figures in route to the 58 point win, the second largest in school history.
    San Jose State comes into the game 0-2 on the season following a 77-75 home loss to Houston on Tuesday night.

     Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on AM-1280 “The Zone”. Carl Arky, the 2011 Utah Sportscaster of the Year, will call all the action.  Live streaming will be available at 1280thezone.com. 
     The game will also be available to watch online for a fee at sjsuspartans.com.   Live stats of will be available at sjsupartans.com. 

     Weber State had seven players in double figures in Friday’s 110-52 win over Arizona Christian.  The 58-point victory is tied for the second largest win in school history, second only to WSU’s 59-point win over Northern New Mexico in last seasons opening game.
    The Wildcats never trailed and shot 64 percent from the field in the game and held the Firestorm to just 26 percent shooting.  WSU also had 50 rebounds and 28 assists in the game.  With the win the ‘Cats improved to 42-9 in season openers.  They also won their 18th consecutive home game.   

DAVION BERRY leads wildcats in first game
     Weber State junior Davion Berry led Weber State in scoring in his first game as a Wildcat Friday night.  Berry, a 6-4 forward from Oakland, finished with a game-high 17 points in the win over Arizona Christian.  He was 6-10 from the field, including 3-5 from three-point land.  He also added four rebounds, three assists and two steals in the win.  Berry was a Division II All-American at Cal State Monterrey Bay before transferring to Weber State.  He sat out last season with the Wildcats as a transfer.  

     Playing in his first career game new Wildcat freshman Joel Bolomboy posted a double-double for Weber State.  He finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in Friday’s victory over Arizona Christian.  In 22 minutes of action Bolomboy was a perfect 5-5 from the field and was 6-8 from the free throw line.  The Fort Worth, Texas native also added two blocks, one assist and one steal.

     WSU senior Frank Otis recorded his second career double-double in Friday’s victory over Arizona Christian.  Otis, a native of Oakland, started the game and finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  He was 5-7 from the field and 3-5 from the free throw line and added one assist and one steal.  Otis played in just 12 games with the Wildcats last season due to knee injuries. 

     WSU senior Scott Bamforth posted a career-high eight assists in helping Weber State defeat Arizona Christian Friday night.  Bamforth scored 12 points on 4-11 shooting in the game and also pulled down four rebounds and had 1 steal to go along with his eight assists.  Weber State as a team had 28 assists on the night. 
    Bamforth, one of two seniors on this year’s team, has played in 63 career games at Weber State.  He currently ranks fifth in school history in career three-pointers with 156. 

     WSU junior forward Byron Fulton missed Friday’s game after having his right knee scoped.  Fulton’s also will not play Thursday night but could return next week at Utah State.

     San Jose State enters Thursday’s game looking for its first win of the season.  The Spartans are 0-2 on the season after opening the season with a 72-68 loss at New Orleans last Friday.  They fell 77-75 to Houston at home on Tuesday night.  So far after two games the Spartans are shooting 45 percent from the field but just 51 percent from the free throw line.  James Kinney has led the team in scoring with an average of 21 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.  He had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds against Houston on Tuesday night.  D.J. Brown had 24 points in Tuesday’s loss and is averaging 16 points per game this season.
    The Spartans posted a 9-22 record last season and were just 1-13 in WAC games, finishing eighth in the league standings.  They have three starters and five letterwinners returning off last year’s squad.  This is San Jose State’s final season in the Western Athletic Conference before joining the Mountain West Conference next year. 
     The Spartans are coached by George Nessman who is in his eighth season with the Spartans.  He has compiled a career record of 77-143 at San Jose State. 
     This will be the third straight season Weber State and San Jose State have met on the floor.  The all-time series is tied 2-2 following Weber State’s double overtime win in Ogden last season.  The two teams met January 1974 and again in November 1975 and then did not play until meeting in February 2011 and again last season.  In games played in San Jose the Spartans are 2-0 all-time against the Wildcats.

LAST MEETING - 12/03/11 - OGDEN - WSU 91-89, 2OT
     Weber State beat San Jose State 91-89 in a thrilling double overtime win last December in Ogden.  Damian Lillard refused to let the Wildcats lose and posted a career-high 41 points, the second most points in school history.  Lillard made a game-tying three-pointer at the end of regulation and then scored nine eight of WSU’s nine points in the first overtime including five quick points in the final few minutes.  He scored nine of WSU’s 13 points in the second overtime and finished the game with 41 points, eight rebounds and four assists and was 6-11 from three-point range.  The Wildcats shot 42 percent from the field.  James Kinney finished with 28 points to lead the Spartans. 

     San Jose State beat the Wildcats 62-46 in February 2011 in a Sears Bracketbusters matchup in San Jose.  The Spartans never trailed in the game and shot 46 percent from the field and held Weber State to just 34 percent shooting and outrebounded the Wildcats 34-25.  Wil Carter posted a double-double 16 points and 14 rebounds.  Keith Shambuger led the team with 21 points.   Trevor Morris and Kyle Bullinger each led the Wildcats with 10 points each.  

Wildcats picked second in Big Sky preseason polls
     The University of Montana was picked to repeat as Big Sky men’s basketball champions according to a preseason coaches and media polls.  Weber State was picked second in both polls, marking the first time in five seasons that the Wildcats were not picked to win the conference title in the preseason polls.
     Montana, who posted a 15-1 conference record last season and won the conference tournament, garnered eight first place votes and 98 total points in the coaches polls.  They had 24 first-place votes in the media poll and totaled 344 points.
     Weber State was second with 92 points in the coaches poll and had three first-place votes.  The Wildcats also had eight first-place votes in the media poll and totaled 318 points.  Northern Colorado came in third in the coaches poll and fourth in the media poll.  Eastern Washington was third in the media poll and finished sixth in the coaches poll.  New conference member North Dakota came in fourth.

A look back at the Weber State 2011-12 season
     Weber State is coming off one of the best seasons in schools history as the Wildcats finished with a 25-7 overall record and advanced to their fourth straight post-season tournament appearance.  WSU finished second in the Big Sky regular season with a 14-2 record and advanced to the finals of the conference tournament.  WSU advanced to the collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament where they won a first round game.  Weber State has won 10 or more conference games for six straight seasons.
     The Wildcats lost three players off last year’s squad including Big Sky MVP and All-American Damian Lillard, who finished his career as one of the top players in Weber State and Big Sky history.  Lillard finished second in the nation in scoring last season and became the first player in Big Sky history to be named to an All-American team.  He leaves as Weber State’s career leader in three-pointers and free throws made and is second in school history in career scoring and assists.  Lillard was selected as the sixth overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.  Also gone off last year’s team are Kyle Bullinger and Darin Mahoney.  The three Wildcats combined to play in 343 career games with the Wildcats. 
     After Thursday’s game the Wildcats will have nine days off until their next game, which will be Nov. 24 when they take on in-state rival Utah State in Logan. 

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