Zach Braxton scored 17 points to lead Weber State to a 74-69 win over Northern Colorado Saturday night in Greeley. The win moved WSU to 10-7 on the season as the ‘Cats remained in first place in the Big Sky at 5-1.
Weber State led the entire first half and held a 37-34 lead at intermission. The ‘Cats largest lead was six points early in the second half before Northern Colorado rallied to take its first lead with 14:49 to play. There would be seven more lead changes down the stretch.
UNC led by two with 5:53 to play when Weber State went on an 8-0 run to take a six point lead with under four minutes to play and never trailed again. WSU made four free throws in the final 17 seconds to seal the win.
“It’s always a battle every time we come here and it was again tonight,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We looked tired, especially early on, and had to dig deep and find a way. Several guys stepped up and we were able to make the plays we needed down the stretch.”
Braxton’s 17 points came in just 15 minutes of action and is just one off his career-high as he led the ‘Cats in scoring for the second time this season. The sophomore from nearby Highlands Ranch, Colorado, was 8-of-10 from the field and had two rebounds and two assists.
Senior Jeremy Senglin added 15 points and knocked down three 3-pointers and led the team with three assists. Cody John added nine points and Ryan Richardson, Jordan Dallas and Dusty Baker each had eight.
The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field made six 3-pointers. The ‘Cats scored 23 points off 21 Northern Colorado turnovers. The Bears outrebounded Weber State 31-28 and shot 49 percent from the field.
Weber State will be back on the road at Idaho State Wednesday night to resume the Jan. 7 game that was suspended with the Wildcats leading 13-2 with 15:02 left in the first half. After that WSU will start a three-game homestand next Friday, Jan. 27 against Idaho State.