Weber State jumped out to a 21-point lead in the second half and held off a Northern Arizona rally to pull out a 76-67 win over the Lumberjacks Thursday night in Flagstaff, Ariz., giving Weber State its sixth-straight victory. Weber State improves to 11-6 overall and 8-1 in Big Sky play and now sits alone in first place in the league standings.
Weber State led 35-29 at halftime and started the second half on a 13-1 run in the first six minutes. NAU missed its first seven shots of the half and the Wildcats took a 51-30 lead with 13:52 to play. The Wildcats led 66-51 with 4:08 to play when Northern Arizona responded with a 14-4 run over the next 3:00 to cut the WSU lead to five points with 50 seconds left. The Wildcats knocked down six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.
Once again senior Davion Berry led the way for the Wildcats, finishing with a career-high 28 points. Berry was 7-11 from the field, including 4-7 from three-point land, and was 10-11 from the free throw line. He also added eight rebounds and two assists. Berry has now scored at least 23 points in each of the last five games and has reached 20 or more points 10 times this season.
Freshman Jeremy Senglin added 15 points for the Wildcats on 5-6 shooting from the field. Sophomore Joel Bolomoby finished with nine points and grabbed a game-high 13 rebounds. The Big Sky’s leading rebounder has now reached double figures in rebounding in nine of the last 10 games.
“I thought the first several minutes of the second half was really key for us tonight,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We really jumped on them and executed our offense really well and got some stops on defense. We knew they would make a run but we were able to hold on and that’s what you have to do on the road. We also played great defense on their three-pointers and that was a big part of the game and Davion Berry was terrific tonight on both ends of the floor.”
Weber State shot 53 percent from the field and held NAU to 41 percent shooting. The Lumberjacks shot 37 percent in the second half. NAU was also just 1-11 from three-point land. WSU also were 28-40 from the free throw line and outrebounded the Lumberjacks 39-28. WSU did commit 15 turnovers, compared to just five for NAU.
The victory gave coach Rahe his 100th career Big Sky win, now ranking third all-time in Big Sky history. The win was also WSU’s sixth straight victory in Flagstaff and was the 12th straight overall against Northern Arizona.
WSU will conclude the first half of Big Sky play Saturday night at Sacramento State.