OGDEN, Utah — Sacramento State posted season lows in points (50), field goals made (18) and field goal percentage (.321) in a 63-50 loss at Weber State on Thursday evening at the Dee Events Center.
In a game the Hornets never led, Sacramento State shot 18-of-56 from the field, 3-of-8 (.375) from the 3-point line and just 11-for-21 (.524) from the free throw line. The Hornets were outrebounded by a 48-39 margin as Weber State's NBA prospect Joel Bolomboy had his way underneath, finishing with 22 points, 23 rebounds, three dunks and two blocked shots.
Defensively, Sacramento State was sound, limiting Weber State to 63 points, tied for the Wildcats' lowest output of the season. Weber State shot just .361 (22-of-61) from the field and .158 (3-of-19) from the 3-point line, but converted on 16-of-20 from the free throw line.
The Hornets missed 16 of their first 20 shots of the game as Weber State raced to an 18-8 lead with 8:32 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats led by at least eight points the rest of the way as Sacramento State never really threatened. Weber State held a double digit lead the final 17:49 of the contest, opening up an advantage as large as 18 points before settling for the 13-point victory.
One big positive for Sacramento State was the return of senior guard Cody Demps, who had missed nine straight games with injury. The team co-captain started, and finished with eight points, six rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.
The loss dropped the Hornets to 10-12 overall and 3-8 in the Big Sky. Sacramento State notoriously has a hard time playing on Weber State's home floor, as the Hornets are now 2-21 in Ogden.
Weber State, which sits in second place in the league standings, improved to 17-7 overall and 9-2 in league. The Wildcats are now 10-1 at home this season, and 6-0 against league opposition. Weber State owns a commanding 38-6 record against Sacramento State in the all-time series between the two teams. Tonight's win also allowed the Wildcats to sweep the season series, as they posted an 85-74 win in Sacramento earlier this season.
The two teams combined for just 17 assists, 19 turnovers and five steals. In fact, Sacramento State's six assists and two steals were both season lows. The Wildcats held a 30-22 advantage in points in the paint, which included four dunks. Bolomboy finished 6-of-11 from the field and 10-for-13 from the free throw line for his 22 points in 36 minutes. He recorded his third 20 point-20 rebound performance of the season, and his 23 rebounds were a career high.
For Sacramento State, sophomore Justin Strings posted his second double-double in as many games against Weber State, finishing with 11 points and a career-best 14 rebounds. Earlier this year against the Wildcats, he had 23 points and 11 rebounds at the Nest. Joining Strings in double figures tonight was sophomore Marcus Graves, who had 11 points and five rebounds in 32 minutes.
Demos was 3-for-8 from the field and 2-of-7 from the free throw line in his return as he committed zero turnovers in 21 minutes. No other Hornet had more than five points. Freshman sixth man Jeff Wu finished with just one point, his lowest output since the opening game of the Big Sky season at Portland State. Nick Hornsby added five points and six rebounds in 25 minutes. Center Eric Stuteville, who was put back in the starting lineup after coming off the bench in four straight games, had two points and four fouls in eight minutes.
Only five Weber State players scored in the game, comprised of Bolomboy (22), Jeremy Singling (17), Juwan Williams (10), Kyndahl Hill (8, and 11 rebounds) and Ryan Richardson (6). Bolomboy and Hornet sophomore Mason Stuteville (3 points, 1-for-1 FG) were the only players in the game to shoot better than 50 percent from the field.
The Hornets return to action in two days when they travel to Pocatello to take on Idaho State on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. PST.