by Zachary Knecht
Featured Image: Photo by Weber State Athletics
The Wildcats continue to roll as Weber State take’s down the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks 76-60 at home. The ‘Cats improve to 2-0 in conference play and have continued to impress in their latest run.
Everything seemed to go right for Weber State in this one as the defense showed out, and the offense played well again. This team has stepped up to the challenge when it has mattered most and has become a story in the early campaign.
The Wildcats saw production from nearly everyone on the floor with six players having at least seven points Saturday night. Junior Ballard led the team from off the bench with 16 points, including hitting four of his six three-point attempts. Steven Verplancken Jr. followed right behind with 14 points despite struggling beyond the arch, and Dillon Jones flirted with a triple-double with his nine points, seven assists, and 15 rebounds.
When it comes down to must-win games – which all conference games should be – everyone needs to step up and they did just that on New Year’s Eve.
Weber State did a phenomenal job creating opportunities to give themselves more chances to produce. The team forced 16 turnovers while only giving up 13, and won the rebounding battle 29-26 thanks to Jones’ effort.
The ‘Cats made the most of these opportunities on way to their 16-point victory where they were favored by seven.
Though the Wildcats didn’t produce spectacular numbers from behind the three-point line (31.3%), they capitalized in the paint. Weber State shot 58% from the field and hit 81.3% of their 16 free throws. Any team that competes at this level needs to take what they’re given, and they took advantage where they could.
The Wildcats will hope to continue their run on Saturday as they will host the Idaho State Bengals.