OGDEN - Weber State rallied from a 12-point first half deficit to beat Eastern Washington 70-67 Saturday night at the Dee Events Center. The win was the seventh-straight win for Weber State who improved to 9-6 overall and 4-0 in Big Sky play.
Eastern Washington led by 12 points at 29-17 with 5:30 left in the first half and held a seven-point lead at halftime. The Wildcats started the second half on a 9-2 run to tie the game three minutes in. WSU took the lead with 10:35 to play but there were 10 more lead changes in the final 10 minutes of the game.
WSU trailed 64-63 with 1:11 to play when Cody John knocked down a 3-pointer give the Wildcats a lead they would not relinquish. John then made two free throws with 12 seconds left and Dusty Baker sealed the win with two free throws with less than a second to play.
“I was so proud of our team for playing tough and finding a way late in the game,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “Eastern Washington threw us back on our heels early with their size and length. We needed to regroup at halftime and came back more aggressively in the second half.”
John scored a career-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He scored 19 points in the second half.
Senior Kyndahl Hill had a double-double with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. He was 5-of-11 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line and scored 11 points in the second half. He also had three blocks and two steals.
John and Hill combined to score 15 of WSU’s final 19 points in the final nine minutes of the game.
Jeremy Senglin added 18 points with two 3-pointers.
The Wildcats shot 46 percent from the field and held the Eagles to 41 percent shooting. WSU was also 20-of-22 from the free throw line and knocked down six 3-pointers. WSU also outrebonded Eastern Washington 33-32.
Eastern Washington’s Jacob Wiley had a career-high 36 points for the Eagles.
Weber State now hits the road for three-straight games starting Thursday at North Dakota.