State colleges: Weber State routs Eastern Washington in men's basketball
Cheney, Wash. • Jordan Richardson had 15 points, Kyle Tresnak had 14 and Weber State opened Big Sky play by producing a well balanced scoring attack to rout Eastern Washington 74-53 on Thursday night.
Weber State (5-3, 1-0 Big Sky) led 37-26 at halftime but lit up the scoreboard in the second half to eventually lead by as many as 27 with just under 12 minutes to play. The Wildcats shot 57.1 percent from the field in the second half, out-rebounded Eastern Washington 41-28 overall and were 20 of 28 from the free-throw line.
The Eagles never led in the game.
As for the balanced scoring attack, Joel Bolomboy scored nine points and had 12 rebounds while Byron Fulton and Davion Berry each had nine. Scott Bamforth had eight points and four rebounds.
Venky Jois scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds to lead Eastern Washington (2-9, 0-1).
Utah State 70, South Dakota 69 • In Logan, Devyn Christensen hit a 3-pointer with 10 seconds remaining to help the Aggies snap a five-game losing streak. Christensen scored a game-high 25 points and Jenna Johnson had 16 points for the Aggies (3-8), who were outrebounded 63-26.
Eastern Washington 88, Weber State 60 • In Ogden, Brianna Averette scored a career-high 15 points and freshman Regina Okoye added 12 points, five steals and four assists for the Wildcats (0-10), who lost their Big Sky Conference opener.
Southern Utah 60, North Dakota 54 • In Grand Forks, N.D., Hailey Mandelko scored 11 points and Andrea Jones added 10 off the bench in the Thunderbirds' Big Sky Conference opener.
Southern Utah (6-4, 1-1) held North Dakota scoreless during the last two minutes of the game.