Weber State (10-6) at Northern Arizona (8-11)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Walkup Skydome (7,000) -- Flagstaff, Arizona.
Television: None. Home Record: WSU 9-1, NAU 5-1. Away Record: WSU 1-5, NAU
3-8. Neutral Record: WSU 0-0, NAU 0-2. Conference Record: WSU 7-1, NAU 5-3.
Series Record: Weber State leads, 72-26.
GAME NOTES: Following a disappointing non-conference schedule, the Weber State
Wildcats have hit their stride and are ready to add another Big Sky Conference
win to their resume', as they tangle with the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks on
In non-conference play, the Wildcats produced a mark of only 3-5, so the
beginning of the Big Sky slate was a welcomed change for the squad. Last
weekend, WSU delivered a 68-63 triumph over Montana at home, marking their
fifth straight victory and the eighth in nine tries. Not only that, Weber
State is also tied with Northern Colorado for the top spot in the league
standings at 7-1 entering play tonight.
A little further down in the Big Sky pecking order is Northern Arizona with a
5-3 record, and like WSU, that's certainly a solid effort considering the
program was just 3-8 versus opponents outside of the league. However, at the
moment the Lumberjacks are dealing with a two-game slide following their 84-68
loss at North Dakota last Saturday.
Weber State has a commanding 72-26 advantage in the all-time series, even
owning a 27-19 edge in Flagstaff, a stat that has certainly been helped out by
the fact that the Wildcats have won 11 straight in the series overall.
However, working against WSU this time around is the team's inability to play
consistently well on the road, where they've won only once in six attempts.
Davion Berry scored a game-high 25 points as the Weber State Wildcats slipped
by the Montana Grizzlies by just five points in Big Sky Conference action at
the Dee Events Center last weekend. Also scoring in double figures for the
Wildcats was Joel Bolomboy who coupled his 12 points with a staggering 19
rebounds, followed by Kyndahl Hill and Kyle Tresnak with 11 and 10 points,
respectively. WSU owned a 37-29 advantage on the glass and also outscored the
Grizzlies by a 15-10 margin at the free-throw line.
In conference games, the Wildcats are averaging just under 25 trips to the
free-throw line per outing, converting 73.2 percent of those chances, which is
just part of the reason why the team is outscoring league foes by 7.9 ppg at
the moment. Berry carries much of the weight with his 18.9 ppg and team-best
31 assists, followed by Jordan Richardson with 10.0 ppg as he shoots 47.6
percent beyond the arc in conference play. Bolomboy (8.9 ppg) is solid in the
scoring department, but an absolute beast on the glass with 12.4 rpg.
In Grand Forks last weekend, the Lumberjacks shot an impressive 51.1 percent
from the field against North Dakota, yet that still wasn't good enough to get
the visitors the win, not by a long shot. Max Jacobsen delivered a game-high
19 points for NAU, followed by Quinton Upshur and Aaseem Dixon with 13 and 10
points, respectively, while Gaellan Bewernick tacked on a game-high 10
rebounds, but he was also guilty of five of the unit's 15 turnovers.
Upshur has been the guiding force in conference play for the 'Jacks to this
point, posting 17.5 ppg as he shoots not just 64.4 percent from the floor over
eight games, but a staggering 24-of-40 (.600) behind the 3-point line as well.
Because of his efforts and those of Dixon (14.0 ppg), who is also a perimeter
sniper for NAU (16-of-39), the team as a whole has managed to make good on an
even 50.0 percent from the outside in conference games, not to mention 52.5
percent from the floor.
As long as Berry gets clean looks at the basket and Bolomboy is around to
clean up a good portion of the missed shots at both ends of the floor, there's
no reason to think the Wildcats can't keep the good times rolling.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Weber State 79, Northern Arizona 71
01/30 10:33:15 ET
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