Weber State dropped its second-straight game as the Wildcats fell 82-72 at Eastern Washington Thursday night in Cheney. The loss moves Weber State to 11-4 in Big Sky play and puts the Wildcats and Eastern Washington in a tie for second place in the league standings with three games remaining.
WSU shot 40 percent from the field, compared to 50 percent for Eastern Washington. The Wildcats shot 36 percent in the first half. Weber State knocked down nine 3-pointers but was outrebounded 38-32. EWU also had 42 points in the paint, and outscored the Wildcats by 20 points in the paint.
The game got off to a slow start for both teams with Eastern Washington leading 11-9 halfway through the first half. The Eagles took a two-point lead at halftime but extended their lead to eight points at 45-37 five minutes into the second half.
The Wildcats trailed by three points with 9:50 to play when Eastern Washington went on a 14-3 run over the next three minutes to take a 14-point lead. The ‘Cats cut the lead to five points with two minutes to play but the Eagles were a perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line in the final two minutes to seal the win.
Zach Braxton led the Wildcats with 19 points and eight rebounds to go along with two blocked shots. Jeremy Senglin added 14 points with six rebounds and three assists and knocked down two 3-pointers Dusty Baker had 12 points with three 3-pointers off the bench. Cody John added nine and McKay Cannon tied his season-high with seven points.
Four Eagles scored in double figures led by Bogdan Bliznyuk with 25 points. Jacob Wiley added 20 points and 13 rebounds.
North Dakota was idle Thursday night and remains in first place in the conference standings at 12-3. Weber State and Eastern Washington are now tied for second at 11-4. Idaho, Montana and Montana State, Weber State’s final three opponents, are all tied for fourth at 9-6.
The Wildcats will play their final regular season road game at Idaho Saturday afternoon. Tipoff wil be at 3 p.m. Pacific time (4 p.m. MST) in Moscow. WSU will host Montana and Montana State next week. The 11-team Big Sky Conference Tournament will be held March 7-11 in Reno, Nevada.