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Weber State started quickly and took a 7-0 lead on Berry’s three-point shot less than four minutes into the game. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, it was his only field goal during a 1-for-8 first half.
"I just didn’t make shots," Berry said. "But I stayed with it all game long. Coach told me to keep my head up, believe and stay aggressive. ... But they play good defense."
No. 1 Arizona 68, No. 16 Weber State 59Nick Johnson scores 18 points to lead Arizona past Weber State in the NCAA Tournament.
» Weber’s Davion Berry finishes with 24 points after he scores just 5 (on 1-of-8 shooting) in the first half.
» After winning the Big Sky Conference regular season and postseason tournament, the ’Cats finish 19-12.
At halftime, Weber trailed, 32-20.
It was 50-29 with 11:35 left when the Wildcats got a huge lift from freshman Richaud Gittens. He scored seven straight points, igniting the rally that gave Weber a chance in the final minutes.
"I was talking to the guys and they said, ‘Be active and aggressive,’" Gittens said. "I looked at coach and he was like, ‘Don’t worry about it if you make a mistake. Just be aggressive.’"
Said Rahe: "We had a hard time getting easy baskets but, when he got a couple, our confidence shot up. Everybody felt, ‘Maybe we can do this.’ "
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