College basketball: Weber State bounces back from OT loss to defeat North Dakota
Ogden • Weber State put one of the most heart-breaking losses in program history in the rear-view mirror Thursday night and motored past North Dakota.
Davion Berry scored 21 points and Joel Bolomboy added a career-high 20 to lead the Wildcats to an 84-72 victory at the Dee Events Center.
The win came just five days after Weber lost in overtime at Sacramento State on a 75-bomb at the buzzer.
"I'm proud of our guys bouncing back after that tough one we had," said coach Randy Rahe, who admitted concern about how his players would respond to the 78-75 loss at the Hornets Nest.
"That one hit home pretty hard. That one did a little emotional damage. That's human nature. And I didn't think we had the energy and enthusiasm we normally have. ... But we made enough plays to win the game."
The Wildcats improved to 12-7 overall and 9-2 in the Big Sky Conference despite 27 points by North Dakota's Jaron Nash.
Combined with Northern Colorado's 73-70 loss at Idaho State, the victory gave Weber State a two-game lead over the second-place Bears in the Big Sky.
The Wildcats play host to Northern Colorado on Saturday with a chance to avenge an early-season 70-51 defeat and take an stranglehold on the conference race.
Not that Rahe is interested in such things in early February.
"I won't think of [it] other than we have one of the most talented teams in the league coming in here," he said. "They whupped us and whupped us good and we are going to have to play our best to compete with them. That's the way I look at it. Anything deeper than that is a waste of energy and I don't have a lot of energy right now to waste."
Against North Dakota, the Wildcats fell behind, 17-10, before Bolomboy sparked a blistering 19-2 run. Weber built a 29-19 lead and settled for a 38-32 advantage at halftime.
"Our energy level and our emotions picked up," Rahe said. ". ... We had a hangover for a little bit there."
In the opening six minutes of the second half, Kyle Tresnak scored Weber's first 10 points. Still, the Wildcats owned a precarious 52-46 lead with 11 minutes left before Bolomboy's three-point play triggered a 9-0 run.
Trailing 61-46, UND never got closer than eight in the final minutes.
"You really have to focus on our guards," Tresnak said, "and that opened up everything for me and Joel.
After the game, Bolomboy was already looking forward to the showdown with Northern Colorado.
"We will definitely be ready," he said. "We owe them something. I don't think we were ready the first time."
O Davion Berry scores 21 points to lead Weber State to an 84-72 win over North Dakota.
• Joel Bolomboy adds a career-high 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Wildcats.
• Weber State improves to 12-7 overall and a league-leading 9-2 in the Big Sky Conference.
Weber State 84, North Dakota 72
NORTH DAKOTA (9-12)
Huff 6-14 7-15 19, Schuler 1-2 0-0 2, Salmonson 1-2 0-0 2, Anderson 2-7 4-4 9, Hooker 0-1 0-0 0, Nash 12-21 1-2 27, Stefan 0-2 0-0 0, Webb 5-9 0-0 11, Calcaterra 1-1 0-0 2, Traylor 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 28-62 12-21 72.
Totals 28-62 12-21 72.
WEBER ST. (12-7)
Berry 4-12 12-13 21, Bolomboy 6-10 8-8 20, Tresnak 7-12 2-2 16, Richardson 2-5 0-1 5, Senglin 6-11 0-1 13, Gittens 1-4 2-2 4, Hill 2-3 0-0 5, Hajek 0-1 0-0 0.
Totals 28-58 24-27 84
HalftimeWeber St. 38-32. 3-Point GoalsNorth Dakota 4-11 (Nash 2-5, Webb 1-1, Anderson 1-2, Stefan 0-1, Huff 0-2), Weber St. 4-13 (Hill 1-1, Richardson 1-3, Berry 1-3, Senglin 1-5, Gittens 0-1). Fouled OutTraylor. ReboundsNorth Dakota 35 (Huff 10), Weber St. 34 (Bolomboy 10). AssistsNorth Dakota 13 (Webb 6), Weber St. 17 (Berry 5). Total FoulsNorth Dakota 22, Weber St. 19. A6,294.