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Weber State basketball: Wildcats defeat Eastern Washington 80-72, head to Big Sky title game

First Published      Last Updated Mar 10 2017 11:51 pm


Big Sky » Wildcats will take on North Dakota in the final.

Jeremy Senglin had 22 points and five assists and Weber State pulled away from Eastern Washington in the second half for an 80-72 victory in the Big Sky Conference semifinal Friday night in Reno, Nev.

The third-seeded Wildcats (19-12) will face top-seeded North Dakota (21-9) for the championship at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. The Fighting Hawks held off Idaho 69-64 Friday and have won nine of their past 10 games.

Also scoring in double figures for Weber State on Friday were Dusty Baker (17 points), Ryan Richardson (14), Zach Braxton (10) and Jerrick Harding (10).

Kyndahl Hill had a game-high nine rebounds for the Wildcats.



Eastern Washington got a game-high 32 points form Gogdan Bliznyuk and 24 from Jacob Wiley.

 

AT A GLANCE

Weber State 80, E. Washington 72

WEBER ST. (19-12)

Hill 2-5 1-4 5, Braxton 4-8 2-4 10, Richardson 6-9 0-0 14, Senglin 7-14 7-9 22, Harding 3-11 3-4 10, John 0-1 2-2 2, Baker 5-6 4-4 17. Totals 27-54 19-27 80.

E. WASHINGTON (22-11)

Wiley 10-18 4-6 24, Von Hofe 1-6 0-0 2, Gibson 0-1 0-0 0, Washington 1-4 0-0 2, Bliznyuk 11-20 7-8 32, Peatling 1-2 0-0 2, Hunt 0-0 0-0 0, Vulikic 2-4 2-2 7, Benzel 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 27-58 13-16 72.

Halftime—34-34. 3-Point Goals—Weber St. 7-16 (Baker 3-4, Richardson 2-3, Harding 1-4, Senglin 1-5), E. Washington 5-18 (Bliznyuk 3-5, Vulikic 1-1, Benzel 1-3, Gibson 0-1, Peatling 0-1, Washington 0-2, Von Hofe 0-5). Fouled Out—Washington. Rebounds—Weber St. 24 (Hill 9), E. Washington 31 (Wiley, Bliznyuk 8). Assists—Weber St. 12 (Senglin 5), E. Washington 5 (Wiley 3). Total Fouls—Weber St. 15, E. Washington 23.

Big Sky tournaments

Men

Thursday’s quarterfinals

North Dakota 95 Portland St. 72

Idaho 81, Montana 77

Eastern Wash. 89, Sacramento St. 70

Weber St. 90, Southern Utah 70

Friday’s semifinals

North Dakota 69, Idaho 64

Weber St. 80, E. Washington 72

Saturday’s championship North Dakota vs. Weber St., 8:30 p.m.

Women

Wednesday’s quarterfinals

Montana State 65, Weber State 53

Eastern Washington 73, Idaho 64

Portland St. 65, North Dakota 62

Idaho State 60, N. Colorado 59

Friday’s semifinals

Montana St. 61, E. Washington 59

Idaho State 54, Portland State 50

Saturday’s championship

Montana St. vs. Idaho St., 1:05 p.m.


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