Big Sky Conference Tournament Recaps
(Thursday, March 14th)
Final Score: Weber State 84, Northern Arizona 58
Missoula, MT (Sports Network) - Frank Otis scored 16 points, leading four starters in double figures, as the Weber State Wildcats crushed the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 84-58, in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at Dahlberg Arena.
Also scoring in double figures for the second-seeded Wildcats (25-5) were Davion Berry with 13 points, to go along with six rebounds and six assists, followed by Kyle Tresnak and Scott Bamforth with 12 points apiece.
With the victory, Weber State moves to the semifinals on Friday to take on third-seeded North Dakota.
The seventh-seeded Lumberjacks (11-21) were led by DeWayne Russell who tallied a game-high 21 points, while Gabe Rogers pitched in with 12 points, but between the pair they accounted for nine of the unit's 17 turnovers as well.
Weber State took control immediately, shooting 50 percent from the field in order to establish a 36-21 advantage at the break. The 'Jacks converted only nine total field goals through the first 20 minutes, missing all six chances behind the 3-point line.
In the second half NAU continued to struggle from the floor (.393), while the Wildcats made good on not just 57.1 percent from the field but also 14-of-17 at the free-throw line in order to cruise to the lopsided decision.
WSU overcame a 5-of-16 showing beyond the arc by holding the opposition to just 4-of-16 out on the perimeter.
Final Score: North Dakota 69, Southern Utah 52
Missoula, MT (Sports Network) - Third-seeded North Dakota earned a 69-52 win over sixth-seeded Southern Utah in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at Dahlberg Arena to advance to the semifinals to face second-seeded Weber State on Friday.
UND (16-15) has won four in a row after beating SUU for the second time in less than a week. Troy Huff scored 15 points with seven rebounds and four steals, while Mitch Wilmer recorded a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds to go with four blocks. Aaron Anderson scored 14 points, and Josh Schuler and Lenny Antwi added 10 points each.
The Thunderbirds (11-20, 8-12) season has come to a close after losing five in a row to end the year. Jackson Stevenett was the only SUU player to score in double figures, tallying 15 points but shooting just 5-of-18 from the field in the process.
UND led 28-25 at halftime after holding SUU to 32.5 percent shooting from the field in the first half.
In the second half, UND shot 65.2 percent from the floor and went 7-of-11 from beyond the arc while holding the Thunderbirds to just 25.0 percent shooting from the floor.
UND won the rebounding battle, 42-35.
Final Score: Northern Colorado 69, Montana State 56
Missoula, MT (Sports Network) - Tate Unruh led all scorers with 21 points as the fifth-seeded Northern Colorado Bears took down the fourth-seeded Montana State Bobcats, 69-56, in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at Dahlberg Arena.
Unruh shot 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line for Northern Colorado (13-17), which will take on top-seeded Montana in the semifinals on Friday night. Tim Huskisson added 14 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort, while Tevin Svihovec netted 12 points.
For Montana State (13-17), Christian Moon scored 15 points, Paul Egwuonwu had 11 points and eight boards, and Antonio Biglow put up 10 points.
Montana State opened up the game on an 8-0 run and eventually took a 30-28 lead into intermission after shooting 45.8 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes.
Northern Colorado took control after the break, shooting 58.8 percent from the floor and 17-of-19 from the free-throw line to pull ahead.
The Bears dominated the rebounding battle, 35-23, and outscored the Bobcats at the foul line, 23-9.
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