Idaho at Weber State Men’s Basketball Recap

Idaho at Weber State Men’s Basketball Recap

by Zachary Knecht

Featured Image: Photo by Weber State Athletics

Idaho Weber State Recap

The Weber State Wildcats dominate again, toppling the Idaho Vandals 67-53 Saturday. Weber State continues to impress as the regular season draws to a close in loom of the Big Sky Tournament.

The Wildcats (16-14) can officially write themselves in as the third seed of the Big Sky (11-6). Unfortunately for the Vandals (10-20), the loss gives them sole possession of the tenth seed in the conference (4-13). Unless they win and Weber State takes down Northern Arizona, they will be the bottom seed of the Big Sky.

Game Lines

WEB -8.0

Under 137

Team Leaders 

Who else but Dillon Jones to take center stage for the Wildcats? The star forward scored 21 points and secured 14 rebounds for yet another double-double on the season. He shot a productive nine of 16 from the field but struggled from three for another game, only converting on one of five attempts. He helped get his team open shots with four assists.

Steven Verplancken Jr. had a streaky game for Weber State. He struggled from the field on his five of 14 shooting, but thrived from the three-point line, sinking four of his seven shots from range. He added three rebounds and two assists to his stat line, helping lift the Wildcats to a late-season win.

Idaho couldn’t find much success on offense at the Dee Event Center. Isaac Jones was the lone Vandal to exceed double-digits on the night, scoring 17 points in the loss. He secured seven rebounds and two assists, blocking one Wildcat in the effort.

Keep Rolling

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Wildcats are putting together something special this year, having field days against many of the Big Sky’s bottom-seeded teams. They are guaranteed to face the sixth seed in the tournament, and they will hopefully continue to capitalize against the losing teams in the conference. Though games like this can get lost by the wayside late in the year, they are important to help establish the flow and momentum for after the regular season.

Weber State shot well, hitting 43.1% of their attempts from the field, and found a decent rhythm from three, showcasing 39.1%. The Wildcats had their way with the Vandals, beating them on either end of the floor. They rebounded well (38 REB), passed the ball effectively (11 AST), and forced turnovers to put pressure on Idaho’s offense (13 TO).

Weber State’s greatest challenges are yet to come, so they need to continue to build momentum for the tournament.

What’s to Come

Weber State finishes its season on the road in Northern Arizona Monday night.

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Weber State StartersPTSREBASTFG3PTMIN
Dillon Jones, F211449-161-531
Steven Verplancken Jr., G14325-144-738
KJ Cunningham, G8113-70-226
Dyson Koehler, F6212-42-325
Alex Tew, C6603-60-019
Bench
Junior Ballard, G8112-42-417
Handje Tamba, C2401-20-020
Zahir Porter, G2320-50-220
Daniel Rouzan, F0000-00-01
Louie Jordan, F0000-00-01
JJ Louden, G0000-00-01
Cole Lake, G0000-00-01
Team Total67381125-589-23
Idaho StartersPTSREBASTFG3PTMIN
Isaac Jones, F17725-122-327
Nigel Burris, F7503-61-318
Divante Moffitt, G6051-91-333
Rashad Smith, G3511-61-431
Dominique Ford, G0110-30-216
Bench
Yusef Salih, G9803-63-624
John Harge, F3301-20-012
RJ Walker, G3000-00-07
Trey Smith, G3211-21-230
Jack Hatten, G2001-10-01
Michael Hanshaw, F0100-00-01
Team Total53321016-479-23

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