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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 Thursday night.

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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