Portland State at Weber State Men’s Basketball Recap

Portland State at Weber State Men’s Basketball Recap

by Zachary Knecht

Featured Image: Photo by Weber State Athletics

Portland State Weber State Recap

Thanks to a massive first half, the Weber State Wildcats trampled the Portland State Vikings 84-68 at home. This Wildcat team fired on all cylinders as they knocked out the Vikings cold Thursday.

With the win, Weber State improves to 9-10 on the year, tied for third in the conference at 4-2, while Portland State falls to 8-11, slipping to 2-4 in the Big Sky.

Team Leaders

Like most games, Steven Verplancken Jr. and Dillon Jones took the reigns for Weber State as their top two producers. Verplancken Jr. was the point leader for the Wildcats, showcasing a 19-point, four-rebound, one-assist stat line. He dominated the most Thursday from beyond the arc, hitting five of his six threes, while Jones collected another double-double on the year with 17 points and 14 rebounds. He flirted with a triple-double also, dishing out eight assists on the night.

Cameron Parker was the lone Viking to surpass double-digit points on the night with 13. He also grabbed five boards and three rebounds in the loss. Off the bench, Bobby Harvey impressed, hitting three of six three-point shots on his way to a nine-point game.

All-Around Effort 

This entire Wildcat team impressed on Thursday. While Verplancken Jr. and Jones were the leaders, it is not to take away from the performance of the rest of this roster. Five Weber State players exceeded double-digits on the night, including Verplancken Jr., Jones, Junior Ballard (11), KJ Cunningham (11), and Alex Tew (10). The ‘Cats hit 57.4% from the field and an incredible 55.6% from three en route to their dominating victory.

Not only did Weber State excel offensively, but they limited a top-scoring threat in the conference. Coming into Thursday’s game, the Vikings were averaging 77.7 PPG, but the Wildcats stifled their efforts to the tune of 39.2% shooting from the field and 26.7% from three. Weber State’s defensive might was too much for the Vikings to bear.

Rebounding Domination

While turnovers were not Weber State’s friends, losing the battle 17-13 to the Vikings, rebounding was a key factor in the win. The Wildcats stole nearly double the boards of Portland State, grabbing 40 rebounds to the 22 of their opponents, asserting their dominance in a difficult conference war. Jones played a vital part, as always, but the rest of this team pulled their weight as well, with six other players snagging at least three boards. With a play like this, the Big Sky may not be out of reach for a gritty team like Weber State.

What’s to Come

The Wildcats will stay home at the Dee Events Center to face off against the Sacramento State Hornets in another conference duel.


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Steven Verplancken Jr., G19416-105-630
Dillon Jones, F171487-120-329
KJ Cunningham, G11334-61-124
Alex Tew, C10305-60-022
Dyson Koehler, F2321-60-217
Junior Ballard, G11323-53-422
Zahir Porter, G5422-51-223
Daniel Rouzan, F5202-30-013
Handje Tamba, C2000-00-05
Keith Dinwiddie Jr., G2001-10-04
Louie Jordan, F0100-00-09
JJ Louden, G0000-00-01
Cole Lake, G0000-00-01
Team Total84401831-5410-18
Portland State StartersPTSREBASTFG3PTMIN
Cameron Parker, G13533-90-029
Hunter Woods, G8403-50-216
Mikal Starks, G7102-41-221
Jorell Saterfield, G6101-90-225
Jacob Eyman, F4301-20-013
Bobby Harvey, G9503-73-624
Isiah Kirby, G8133-80-326
Isaiah Johnson, F6022-20-021
Hayden Curtiss, F4001-20-08
Trey Wood, F3001-10-03
Kendall Munson, F0100-10-06
Emmanuel Taban, G0000-00-08
Team Total6822820-514-15

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