RENO, Nev. - Five players scored in double figures as Weber State rallied from a first half deficit to knock off Eastern Washington 80-72 Friday to advance to the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament.
Weber State will play No. 1 North Dakota Saturday at 5:30 p.m. PST (6:30 p.m. MST) in Reno with the winner heading to the NCAA Tournament. The game will be televised on ESPNU.
Eastern Washington got off to a hot start and jumped out to a 14-2 lead on the Wildcats, just six minutes into the game. Weber State chipped away at the lead and went on a 10-4 run and trailed 21-14 midway through the first half. The ‘Cats tied the game 34-34 at halftime.
Weber State took its first lead at 40-38 early in the second half and it was back-and-forth the rest of the way. There were 10 ties and seven lead changes the rest of the way.
The Wildcats shot 50 percent from the field with Eastern Washington shooting 46 percent. WSU was 7-of-16 from 3-point range. Eastern Washington outrebounded the Wildcats 36-26 but WSU had 20 points off Eastern Washington’s 13 turnovers.
Jeremy Senglin led the way with 22 points with five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Senglin also became just the second player in Weber State history and the fourth in Big Sky history to reach 2,000 career points. He now has 2,004 for his career and needs just 16 more to pass Bruce Collins and become Weber State’s all-time leading scorer.
Dusty Baker came off the bench with 17 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including 3-of-4 from 3-point range. Ryan Richardson had 14 points with Zach Braxton and Jerrick Harding each finishing with 10. Harding also had four steals.
Bogdan Bliznyuk had 32 for Eastern Washington and Big Sky MVP Jacob Wiley had 24.
This will be Weber State’s 17th appearance in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament and the fifth time in the last six years. The Wildcats have won the conference tournament a record 10 times, including two of the last three years.
North Dakota swept the Wildcats in the two games played during the regular season. The two teams met in the championship game of the 2014 Big Sky Tournament with Weber State winning in Ogden.