Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
(Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribune) Weber State basketball coach Randy Rahe, center, says only good can come from Weber State's run to the title game of the collegeinsider.come title game Tuesday in Ogen.
Weber State basketball: Wildcats benefitting from CIT run
College basketball » Weber State players enjoy extended season; program gets on TV.
First Published Apr 01 2013 02:13 pm • Last Updated Apr 02 2013 12:24 am

Ogden • Weber State has enjoyed its run to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament title game.

First, Tuesday’s 6 p.m. championship between Weber State (30-6) and Conference USA’s East Carolina (22-12) is a reward for the players, including seniors Scott Bamforth and Frank Otis.

At a glance

Weber State vs. East Carolina

At the Dee Events Center, Ogden

Tipoff » Tuesday, 6 p.m.

TV » CBS Sports Network

Radio » 1280 AM

Records » ECU 22-12; WSU 30-6

Series record » First meeting

About the Pirates » ECU advanced to the CIT final by routing Evansville 81-58. … Maurice Kemp leads ECU in scoring (18.8) and rebounding (8.1). … Miguel Paul’s 230 assists broke the school’s single-season record.

About the Wildcats » WSU defeated Northern Iowa 59-56 in its CIT semifinal. … Scott Bamforth is 19 of 36 from the 3-point line during the tournament. … WSU leading rebounder Joel Bolomboy is 50-50 to play because of an injured shoulder.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"No matter what tournament you’re in, you try to win," WSU coach Randy Rahe said. "And to be home for the last game of the year is special."

Yet, there may be a larger impact for whichever team wins in terms of recruiting. The tournament has kept Weber State’s name in the sports pages in March. In addition, the game will be nationally broadcast on the CBS Sports Network.

The Dee Events Center is expected to loud.

"Anytime you’re on national television it helps," Rahe said. "Your recruits watch, they see all of the support inside our great arena. It helps you."

East Carolina is on the same kind of run. The Pirates hadn’t won in four postseason chances prior to going 4-0 in the 2013 CIT, including an 81-58 pounding of Evansville on Saturday in a semifinal.

Tuesday’s game will be ECU’s first CIT road game. WSU earned its title berth by winning at Northern Iowa, 59-56.

"We wanted to make a name for East Carolina basketball," said ECU’s leading scorer, senior forward Maurice Kemp, after Saturday’s win. "That’s been our main goal. We all focused and spent this whole season grinding it out and we’re able to make history this year. It’s something to be very proud of."

The extended season has allowed Weber State to make some history of its own, including wins in a season. Bamforth set season and career marks for 3-point baskets, breaking the records set just last season by Damian Lillard.


story continues below
story continues below

The Wildcats, also the first Big Sky Conference team in any kind of postseason championship game, want just one more victory, but it won’t come easily against the athletic Pirates.

"Of all the teams we’ve faced in the tournament, [East Carolina] is easily the most talented," Rahe said. "And that’s how it should be. It’s the finals."



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.