FULLERTON, Calif. - Four players scored in double figures to lead Weber State to an 80-76 win over Cal State Fullerton Thursday night in the first round of the CIT Tournament. The Wildcats also claimed the Riley Wallace Classic title as part of the tournament.
Weber State moves on to the second round of the CIT. WSU’s next opponent, date and location will be announced soon.
Weber State led 35-33 at halftime and the Wildcats started the second half on a 13-4 run.
WSU led by as many as 13 points and held an 11-point lead at 55-44 with 12 minutes to play when the Titans responded with a 14-0 run to take a three-point lead as the Wildcats went more than seven minutes without scoring.
It was back-and-forth the rest of the way with four ties and six lead changes in the final eight minutes.
Weber State was 17-19 from the free throw line in the final six minutes to hold on for the win.
The Wildcats shot 25-of-27 from the free throw line for 92 percent shooting, which ranks as the fourth best free throw percentage in a game in WSU history.
Weber State finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for the Titans. CSF outrebounded Weber State 42-40.
Senior Jeremy Senglin led Weber State with 21 points, including 8-of-8 from the free throw line. He also made three 3-pointers and had four assists, three steals and five rebounds.
Zach Braxton also had 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds as he finished 8-of-15 from the field.
Senior Kyndahl Hill had his fifth double-double of the year with 18 points and 13 rebounds. He was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line and added two blocked shots.
Hill was named the MVP of the Riley Wallace Classic.
The win moved WSU to 20-13 on the season, giving the Wildcats at least 20 wins in seven of the 11 seasons under head coach Randy Rahe.