« Continue Browsing

e-mail article Print     e-mail article E-mail

Wayne Nelson / Forum News Service, Published January 11 2014

Weber State continues success against UND

GRAND FORKS – Weber State couldn’t ask for a better start. Nor could the Wildcats ask for a better finish to the first half – and beyond.

The University of North Dakota, meanwhile, simply couldn’t find the answers to breaking a losing streak to one of the perennial powers of the Big Sky Conference.

Weber capitalized on two decisive first-half runs to take a 72-60 win against UND on Saturday before 1,945 fans at The Betty – a loss that dropped North Dakota to 2-2 in the league and 5-9 overall.

UND, now in its second Big Sky season, dropped to 0-4 all-time against Weber.

It was a disappointing loss in that UND had a chance to set itself up in good position for the upcoming road trip to Montana and Montana State – long regarded as one of the most difficult swings in the lead.

“To me, this was a statement game,” said UND coach Brian Jones. “Can we perform with the best? We didn’t step up to the plate in my opinion. We played hard; we just didn’t finish.”

Weber, the Big Sky preseason favorite, improved to 3-1 and 6-6. After losing at Northern Colorado on Thursday, the Wildcats came in focused – evidenced by its 9-0 run to start the game and its 9-0 run at the end of the first half. That left Weber up 36-24 at the break, and UND could not cut the deficit under seven points the rest of the way.

“The difference of the game was that run we made at the end of the first half,” said Weber coach Randy Rahe. “We just kept fighting and made some stops. That really gave us some momentum going into halftime.

“We probably should have been up a little more than we were to start the game because we had some opportunities. But North Dakota has a veteran team and pushed their way back into it. You always say that the start of the game, the end of the first half and the start of the second are the most important parts of the game.”

And Weber played well during all three.

UND trailed 27-24 when the Wildcats hit their final three shots of the first half – all 3-pointers. Byron Fulton, a muscular 6-foot-7 freshman from Phoenix, hit two of the 3-pointers while Jeremy Senglin, another freshman, hit the other one.

W (6-6): Bolomboy 1-8 3-7 5, Tresnak 2-3 2-2 6, Berry 5-8 1-1 12, Richardson 4-8 4-6 16, Senglin 5-8 3-5 15, Fulton 4-5 0-0 10, Hill 2-6 2-2 6, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Gittens 1-2 0-0 2.

UND (5-9): Calcaterra 0-2 0-0 0, Nash 6-13 1-5 14, Schuler 3-4 3-3 9, Huff 3-11 10-11 17, Webb 0-3 1-2 1, Traylor 4-5 2-5 10, Anderson 2-4 2-2 6, Benton 0-3 3-4 3.

Half: W 36, UND 24. 3-point goals: W 9-17 (Berry 1-3, Richardson 4-5, Senglin 2-4, Fulton 2-3, Hill 0-1, Williams 0-1) UND 2-9 (Nash 1-3, Schuler 0-1, Huff 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Benton 0-2). Total fouls: W 24, UND 19. Rebounds: W 33 (Bolomboy 10), UND 29 (Huff 7). Assists: W 11 (Richardson 4), UND 8 (Webb 4). Steals: W 7 (Richardson; Senglin 2), UND 11 (Nash 3). Turnovers: W 17, UND 17. A: 1945.

Nelson writes for the Grand Forks Herald