CEDAR CITY, Utah - Weber State won its sixth straight game and defeated in-state rival and new Big Sky member Southern Utah 81-74 Thursday night at the Centrum in Cedar City. Four Wildcats scored in double figures as the 'Cats improved to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in Big Sky play.
In a very physical game the two teams combined to shoot 76 free throws. Both teams struggled from the field in the first half with Southern Utah shooting 33 percent and Weber State shooting 29 percent. The Wildcats held a 30-29 advantage at halftime.
SUU retook the lead to start the second half and held a 38-37 advantage with 15:00 to play when Weber State responded with a 16-4 run over the next 5:21 and never trailed again. WSU led by as many as 15 in the second half and made 25 free throws in the second half to seal the win.
For the game the Wildcats were 36-49 from the free throw line, including 25-32 from the line in the second half. There were 59 fouls called in the game. Weber State shot 39 percent from the field and held SUU to 35 percent shooting.
"That was an extremely physical game and it affected us in the first half, but we made some good adjustments in the second half," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "We moved the ball a lot better and were able to get good baskets in transition. It's always a difficult game down here and Southern Utah played really well. I was really pleased with our effort."
Davion Berry led the Wildcats with 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds. He also shot 10-16 from the free throw line. Scott Bamforth finished with 17 points, including 13-14 from the line. Bamforth now has 999 career points, one away from becoming the 27th player in Weber State history with 1,000 career points.
"It was a tough, grind it out game but we were able to do what we needed to win," Bamforth said. "We started to get some stops in the second half and made the shots we needed to. It was a great team win."
Another one of the stars of the night was freshman Joel Bolomboy who finished with 13 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds. He was 3-3 from the field and 7-8 from the free throw and also recorded three blocked shots on the night.
Kyle Tresnak finished with 11 points. WSU is 8-0 when Tresnak scores in double figures. Justin Stevenett led Southern Utah with 29 points. It was Weber State's sixth straight win over the Thunderbirds.
The Wildcats also outrebounded SUU 46-41 and improved to 9-0 when outrebounding the opponent. They are also 10-0 when shooting a better field goal percentage and 8-0 when scoring 70 or more points.
The Wildcats have now won nine of their last 10 games. They will be back on the road Monday night at Idaho State.