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Weber State basketball: Wildcats beat North Dakota for NCAA spot

Published March 16, 2014 3:22 pm

Weber State beats N. Dakota 88-67 to win Big Sky tourney title.
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Ogden • Kyle Tresnak scored 27 points and Davion Berry added 19 Saturday night to lead Weber State to a 88-67 victory over North Dakota in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament.

The top-seeded Wildcats secured their first berth in the NCAA tournament since 2007 with their third win of the season over second-seeded UND.

Weber State, 19-11, made its first six shots, including four straight three-pointers, and raced to an early 18-6 lead.

North Dakota closed within seven, 41-34, on a free throw by Chad Calcaterra with nine seconds left in the half, but Berry's 25-foot three-point shot at the buzzer pushed Weber State's lead back to 10.

The Wildcats made 14 of 24 shots in the first half, including 7-for-13 from the three-point line.

In the second half, Tresnak scored 10 points in less than seven minutes. His short bank shot gave Weber State 60-45 lead and the Wildcats cruised to the victory. —

Storylines

O Kyle Tresnak scores 27 points to lead Weber State to an 88-67 win over North Dakota in the Big Sky tournament championship game.

• Davion Berry adds 19 points as the Wildcats secure a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years.

• The Wildcats make 10 of their first 11 field-goal attempts and shoot 56.6 percent from the field, including 10-for-22 on 3-pointers. —

Weber State 88, North Dakota 67

NORTH DAKOTA (17-16)

Nash 4-14 2-6 10, Huff 6-14 4-4 17, Calcaterra 1-3 1-2 3, Anderson 3-10 2-2 8, Webb 0-0 0-0 0, Stefan 2-5 0-0 4, Antwi 0-1 2-2 2, Benton 0-0 0-0 0, Hooker 1-5 4-4 6, Hobaugh 1-1 0-0 2, Salmonson 0-0 0-0 0, Traylor 6-8 3-5 15.

Totals 24-61 18-25 67.

Weber State (19-11)

Berry 6-11 4-4 19, Bolomboy 3-4 3-6 9, Tresnak 11-15 5-5 27, Richardson 2-5 0-0 6, Senglin 3-7 4-4 12, Gittens 2-5 0-0 5, Fulton 1-1 0-0 3, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 2-4 2-2 7, Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Hajek 0-0 0-0 0.

Totals 30-53 18-21 88.

Halftime—Weber St. 44-34. 3-Point Goals—North Dakota 1-12 (Huff 1-2, Anderson 0-1, Antwi 0-1, Stefan 0-2, Hooker 0-3, Nash 0-3), Weber St. 10-22 (Berry 3-7, Richardson 2-5, Senglin 2-5, Fulton 1-1, Gittens 1-1, Hill 1-2, Fuller 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—North Dakota 34 (Nash 9), Weber St. 33 (Bolomboy 11). Assists—North Dakota 7 (Anderson 3), Weber St. 17 (Berry, Gittens 4). Total Fouls—North Dakota 15, Weber St. 17. A—6,294.