OGDEN, UTAH -- Weber State shot a very proficient .553 (26-47) from the field and .438 (7-16) from the 3-point line on the way to a 79-67 victory over Sacramento State on Thursday evening at the Dee Events Center.
The Wildcats, who clinched at least a share of the Big Sky's regular season title with tonight's win, improved to 16-9 overall and 13-4 in the Big Sky. Weber State sits three games ahead of second-place Northern Colorado (10-7) and North Dakota (10-7) with three games remaining in the regular season. In addition, the Wildcats have now won 27 straight Big Sky regular season games at home.
The loss for the Hornets snapped a three-game winning streak as Sacramento State dropped to 13-13 overall and 9-8 in the conference. Still, the Hornets have won seven of their last nine games and now sit in a four-way tie for fifth place in the league standings with Eastern Washington, Montana State and Northern Arizona. The top seven teams in the 11-member league qualify for the Big Sky Tournament and only three games separate the second place teams and 10th-place Idaho State (7-10).
For a look at the jigsaw puzzle that is the Big Sky standings, click here. The Hornets are attempting to qualify for the postseason tournament for the first time since 2006.
Weber State scored the first seven points of tonight's game and never trailed the entire way. Sacramento State kept things close throughout the game, trailing by just four points with 10:46 remaining in the game, but the Wildcats kept answering with buckets every time the Hornets got within a manageable deficit. Weber State led by seven points (41-34) at halftime, and outscored the Hornets in the second half, 38-33.
Sacramento State shot .458 (27-59) from the field and converted on one more field goal than Weber State, but the difference in the game was at the free throw line where the Wildcats went 20-of-28 (.714) compared to the Hornets going 9-of-13 (.692). The Wildcats, who also held a 36-25 advantage in the rebounding department, buried seven 3-pointers compared to four from long distance for the Hornets.
Sacramento State, once again, got a huge contribution from junior shooting guard Mikh McKinney. The reigning Big Sky Player of the Week posted team highs in points (21), assists (9) and minutes (39). He shot 8-of-16 from the field and had just two turnovers to go with his nine assists. McKinney has now led the Hornets in scoring in 10 straight games and is averaging 21.7 points during that stretch.
True freshman center Eric Stuteville continues to get better with every game, finishing with a season-high 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including his first 3-pointer of the season. He also had a team-best eight rebounds and played a season-high 33 minutes. Over the last four games, Stuteville is averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds on .645 (20-31) shooting from the floor. Cody Demps added nine points and four rebounds in 36 minutes, Zach Mills had eight points and three rebounds, and Jordan Salley had six points and a pair of rebounds.
After the Wildcats opened the game on a 7-0 run, the Hornets would eventually trim the deficit to two points (36-34) with 1:41 remaining in the first half. However, Weber State would go on a 11-0 run over spanning the next four minutes of both the first and second halves to take a 47-34 lead with 17:36 to play. Sacramento State got within four points on a pair of occasions, but would get no closer. Weber State led by double figures the final 5:47 of the contest.
The Wildcats had four players score in double figures, comprised of Davion Berry (20 points, 11 assists, six rebounds), Kyle Tresnak (18 points), Joel Bolomboy (13 points, 14 rebounds) and Jeremy Senglin (13 points). Thirteen of Berry's 20 points came in the second half, including eight of Weber State's final 10 points of the contest.
Sacramento State will play its final road game of the regular season on Saturday at Idaho State. Tip-off is 6:05 p.m. PST, and the game is shaping up to be the biggest of the season as the Hornets look to solidify themselves in the race for a berth into the Big Sky Tournament. Sacramento State's final two regular season games will come next week at home against both Montana (March 6) and Montana State (March 8).
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February 28, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS FINAL REGULAR SEASON ROAD GAME SATURDAY AT IDAHO ST.
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February 24, 2014 VOTE GARRITY’S 75-FOOT SHOT FOR GEICO PLAY OF THE YEAR
February 24, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR A SECOND TIME
February 22, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL CONTINUES TO ROLL AFTER CRUSHING NORTHERN COLORADO
February 21, 2014 FREE WHITEOUT SHIRTS TO THE FIRST 500 FANS AT SATURDAY’S HOOPS GAME
February 21, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 7TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN SATURDAY VS. NORTHERN COLO.
February 19, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 6TH STRAIGHT HOME WIN THURSDAY VS. NORTH DAKOTA
February 14, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO PORTLAND STATE ON SATURDAY
February 13, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL HAS WINNING STREAK SNAPPED AT EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 12, 2014 WINNERS OF FOUR STRAIGHT, MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EASTERN WASHINGTON
February 10, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS BEATS SOUTHERN UTAH, COMPLETES HOMESTAND WITH 4-0 RECORD
February 9, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS SEEKS 4TH STRAIGHT WIN, HOSTS SOUTHERN UTAH ON MONDAY
February 6, 2014 WINNING STREAK AT THREE AFTER MEN’S HOOPS DISMANTLES NAU, 87-70
February 5, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS BACK AT HOME THURSDAY NIGHT VS. NORTHERN ARIZONA
February 3, 2014 McKINNEY NAMED BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
January 31, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL’S SIXTH-ANNUAL ALUMNI GAMES TAKE PLACE SATURDAY
January 31, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS HOST BIG SKY-LEADING WEBER STATE ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 29, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS OPENS LONG HOMESTAND THURSDAY VS. IDAHO STATE
January 25, 2014 BIG DISPARITIES HURT IN MEN’S HOOPS LOSS AT NORTHERN COLORADO
January 24, 2014 ROAD WEARY MEN'S HOOPS PLAYS AT NORTHERN COLORADO ON SATURDAY
January 23, 2014 NORTH DAKOTA USES LATE RUN TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
January 21, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL BACK ON THE ROAD THURSDAY AT NORTH DAKOTA
January 18, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF EASTERN WASHINGTON AT HOME, 75-64
January 17, 2014 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS EASTERN WASHINGTON ON SATURDAY NIGHT
January 15, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS FINALLY RETURNS HOME, HOSTS PORTLAND STATE ON THURSDAY
January 11, 2014 MEN’S HOOPS CRUSHES SOUTHERN UTAH, ENDS ROAD TRIP IN A BIG WAY
January 10, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS ROAD TRIP COMES TO AN END SATURDAY AT SOUTHERN UTAH
January 8, 2014 MEN'S HOOPS CONTINUES ROAD TRIP THURSDAY AT NORTHERN ARIZONA
January 2, 2014 MEN’S BASKETBALL DROPS BIG SKY OPENER AT MONTANA STATE
December 31, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS BIG SKY PLAY THURSDAY AT MONTANA STATE
December 29, 2013 LATE FREE THROWS HELP DELIVER 69-67 MEN’S HOOPS WIN OVER UC RIVERSIDE
December 27, 2013 AFTER LONG LAYOFF, MEN'S HOOPS HOSTS UC RIVERSIDE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
December 21, 2013 BIG SECOND HALF FUELS CAL STATE FULLERTON TO VICTORY OVER MEN’S HOOPS
December 19, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAYS AT CAL STATE FULLERTON ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
December 14, 2013 MEN’S HOOPS CRUISES TO 85-54 WIN OVER WILLIAM JESSUP
December 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS WILLIAM JESSUP ON SATURDAY AT 7 P.M.
December 7, 2013 UTEP USES HEALTHY FREE THROW ADVANTAGE TO BEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
December 4, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS TRAVELS TO EL PASO FOR FIRST EVER MEETING WITH UTEP
November 30, 2013 UC IRVINE USES BIG SECOND HALF TO DEFEAT MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 29, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL HOSTS UC IRVINE SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7 P.M.
November 26, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL COMES THROUGH WITH CLUTCH WIN AT UC DAVIS, 73-67
November 25, 2013 MEN'S HOOPS AND UC DAVIS TO PLAY FOR THE 112TH TIME ON TUESDAY
November 18, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS TO #22 UCLA
November 15, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL TRAVELS TO #24 UCLA ON MONDAY
November 13, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SIGNS MIRA COSTA HIGH SCHOOL FORWARD JUSTIN STRINGS
November 13, 2013 BAKERSFIELD HOT FROM DISTANCE IN 74-66 WIN OVER MEN’S BASKETBALL
November 12, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL BEGINS ROAD TRIP WEDNESDAY AT CSU BAKERSFIELD
November 8, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL BEATS UC SANTA CRUZ, 73-43, IN SEASON OPENER
November 6, 2013 MEN'S BASKETBALL GETS UNDERWAY FRIDAY NIGHT VS. UC SANTA CRUZ
November 5, 2013 2013-14 MEN’S BASKETBALL MEDIA GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
October 28, 2013 2013-14 MEN'S BASKETBALL SEASON OUTLOOK
October 17, 2013 BIG SKY MEN’S BASKETBALL COACHES AND MEDIA PRESEASON POLLS RELEASED
September 24, 2013 MEN’S BASKETBALL SEASON COMING FAST, FIRST OFFICIAL PRACTICE ON FRIDAY
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