Weber State knocked down 17 3-pointers with Jeremy Senglin making eight, as the Wildcats opened Big Sky Conference play with an 87-75 win at Montana State Thursday night in Bozeman.
Senglin tied his career-high with eight 3-pointers, just one shy of the Weber State all-time record. He made his first seven 3-pointers, all in the first half. He also became Weber State’s career leader in 3-pointers, passing Scott Bamforth. Senglin now has 264 career 3-pointers.
He finished the game with 27 points on 9-of-16 shooting and was 8-of-10 from 3-point range. He also had four rebounds and four assists.
Weber State led nearly the entire game and held a 51-41 lead at halftime. The ‘Cats went on 10-2 run midway through the second half and took their largest lead of 16 points at 80-64 with 6:28 to play. Montana State came back with an 11-2 run to cut the lead to seven points with 2:53 to play but Weber State made 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
“Jeremy was terrific tonight and his play gave a lot of other guys some confidence,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “Offensively, we played really well, especially in the first half and picked up our defense late in the game.”
The Wildcats shot 54 percent from the field, compared to 43 percent from Montana State. The ‘Cats were 17-of-31 from 3-point land, which is tied for the third most 3-pointers in a game in school history and is the most ever against a Division I opponent.
MSU outrebounded Weber State 38-28 but the Wildcats had 17 assists with just eight turnovers.
Tyler Hall scored 23 points for Montana State who lost its seventh-straight game. It was Weber State’s seventh-straight win against Montana State.
Weber State improves to 6-6 on the season. The Wildcats will continue road play heading to Montana Saturday at 2 p.m. in Missoula.