The first game of the Big Sky tournament was a 2 vs 7 matchup, as Weber State took on Northern Arizona. It was not long ago that NAU gave the Wildcats a huge scare, so there was thought in some corners that this could be a competitive game. However, that was not to be.
Weber State jumped on NAU right away, scoring the first nine points of the game and never looking back. It was 36-21 at halftime, and 84-58 by the time the game was over. Any WSU fans worried that the Wildcats might come out complacent need not to have been alarmed. The Wildcats are the more talented team, and they showed it.
NAU had no real way to slow down Weber, as the Wildcats shot 54% from the floor, and 19/23 from the free throw line. Frank Otis led the way with 16 points on 7/10 shooting, while Davion Berry (13), Kyle Tresnak (12), and Scott Bamforth (12) were also in double figures. 0n the whole, ten players scored for Wever State, with six guys scoring 8+ points. It was a balanced effort.
On the other side, NAU couldn't make shots or get anything going. They shot 37% and had 17 turnovers. DeWayne Russell had 21 points, but a lot of them came in the second half when the game was out of reach. Gabe Rogers caps off a great senior year with 12 points.
Weber State will play North Dakota if they win, or will play the winner of the MSU/UNC game if Southern Utah wins.
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