With the win and Northern Colorado’s loss to Eastern Washington, the Wildcats have clinched at least a share of the Big Sky title. With a win Saturday over Northern Arizona, WSU will clinch the conference championship and will host the Big Sky Tournament March 13-15.
Weber State also set a new Big Sky record with its 27th straight Big Sky regular season home win. WSU also became the first school to reach 500 Big Sky wins.
The ‘Cats never trailed in route to beating the Hornets for the eighth straight time in Ogden. Sac State cut the lead to two late in the first half but WSU closed the half on a 5-0 run to take a 41-34 lead at the break. The Hornets got as close as four points in the second half before the Wildcats pulled away with 14-4 run midway through the quarter to secure the win.
The Wildcats shot 55 percent from the field and held the Hornets to 45 percent shooting. WSU also outrebounded Sacramento State 36-25 and recorded 19 assists. The ‘Cats were also 71 percent from the free throw line and knocked down seven 3-pointers.
“I was really pleased with our effort tonight,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We got off to a good start offensively which was important to us. It was a big win for us and I’m proud of what we have accomplished. We are excited to have a share of the title but we still want to be greedy and clinch the title and home court.”
Davion Berry and Joel Bolomboy each recorded double-doubles for the Wildcats. Berry led the way with 20 points and recorded a career-high 11 assists to go along with six rebounds. Berry was 5 of 11 from the field and 9 of 11 from the free throw line. It was his first double-double of the season.
Bolomboy recorded his Big Sky best ninth double-double of the season, finishing with 13 points and 14 rebounds after shooting 5 of 7 from the field.
Kyle Tresnak added 18 points on 8 of 9 shooting and Jeremy Senglin had 13 points.
Sacramento State was led by Mikh McKinney who finished with 21 points. The Hornets drop to 9-8 in conference play.
It will be Senior Night for the Wildcats Saturday against Northern Arizona as they look to clinch the conference title. WSU will honor Davion Berry, Byron Fulton, Jordan Richardson and Kyle Tresnak who will be playing in their final regular season home games.