Weber State never trailed and jumped out to a 21-5 lead with 12:28 to left in the first half and held a 38-28. MSU cut the lead to eight points early in the second half but would never get closer the rest of the way.
WSU shot a season-high 62.2 percent from the field, including 66 percent in the second half. The ‘Cats also held Montana State to 36 percent shooting. WSU outrebounded the Bobcats 33-27 and tied the season-high with 23 assists. The Wildcats also shot a season-best 83.3 percent from the free throw line.
“We played with a lot of confidence tonight and it was a total team effort,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe, who won his 100th career home game Thursday night. “It started with our defense and we got off to a good start and our confidence really went up.”
For the second-straight game WSU senior Davion Berry scored a season-high 25 points. He was 6-8 from the field, a perfect 10-10 from the free throw line, and added seven assists, three rebounds and two steals. It was the third-straight game and the eighth time this season Berry has reached 20 or more points.
Sophomore Joel Bolomboy recorded his fourth double-double of the season, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds. He was 5-6 from the field, including 1-1 from three-point range as he made his first career three-point attempt late in the game. Bolomboy has reached double figures in rebounding in seven of the last eight games and continues to lead the Big Sky in rebounding at 10.1 per game.
Freshman Jeremy Senglin added 13 points and seniors Kyle Tresnak and Jordan Richardson each added 12. Tresnak was 4-5 from the field and had seven rebounds and two blocks, while Richardson was 4-8 from the field and had five assists.
The win improves the Wildcats to 9-6 overall and 6-1 in Big Sky play with their fourth straight victory. It was also WSU’s 23rd straight home regular season Big Sky victory.
Weber State is now tied for first in the Big Sky with Northern Colorado at 6-1 in league play. The Wildcats will conclude their four-game homestand Saturday night hosting Big Sky rival Montana. The Grizzlies are 3-4 in Big Sky play heading into Saturday’s game.