Weber Sate saw its seven-game winning streak snapped and picked up its first loss in Big Sky play as the Wildcats fell 83-77 at North Dakota Thursday night in Grand Forks.
The game saw 13 lead changes and nine ties. The Wildcats led 40-35 at halftime and led by as many as nine points early in the second half before a big North Dakota run. The Fighting Hawks shot 78 percent from the field in the second half.
WSU led 55-46 with 13:32 to play when the Fighting Hawks went on a 10-0 run in just over two minutes to take the lead 56-55. The Wildcats rallied back and held a 70-69 lead with 2:28 to play but North Dakota made all eight of its free throw attempts in the final 38 seconds to seal the win.
The Fighting Hawks shot 56 percent for the game, compared to 47 percent for Weber State. UND also outrebounded Weber State 37-22. The 22 rebounds was a season-low for Weber State. Weber State was 11-of-26 from 3-point land and a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
“North Dakota played really well tonight but our second half defense is what cost us tonight,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We lost some of our edge tonight and you can’t do that against a really good team on their court. We didn’t defend for 40 minutes and they really beat us on the boards.”
Senior Jeremy Senglin led the Wildcats with 24 points. He also knocked down six 3-pointers and had three assists. It was the 11th time in 16 games Senglin has reached 20 or more points and the sixth time making at least six 3-pointers.
Geno Crandall led North Dakota with a career-high 31 points.
The loss was the first for Weber State since Dec. 7, snapping a seven-game winning streak. WSU now sits at 9-7 overall and 4-1 in Big Sky play, while North Dakota improves to 10-7 and 5-2 in conference action.
Weer State continues its read trip Saturday night at Northern Colorado. Tipoff at 7 p.m. against the Bears in Greeley.