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Wildcats take control of Big Sky with win over Griz

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Weber State took control of first place in the Big Sky standings with a 60-54 win over Montana Saturday night at the Dee Events Center. The Wildcats won their 13th straight home game in front of 8,960 loud fans in the final home game of the season.

The win moves Weber State to 22-7 overall and 14-2 in Big Sky play with two games renaming. The Wildcats need one win to clinch the conference title and first place in the postseason tournament.

Montana jumped out to an early lead and held a three-point lead at 15-12 with 9:39 left in the first half. From there Weber State went on a 14-2 run over the next seven minutes and finished the first half leading 30-22.

The Grizzlies started the second half on an 8-0 run to tie the game at 30-30. The game was tied again at 39-39 with 7:22 to play when Weber State went on a 9-0 run to take the lead for good. The Wildcats made eight free throws in the final 1:08 of the game to secure the win.

“We have to be the hardest and toughest fighting team there is right now and that’s what we did tonight,” said Weber State head coach Randy Rahe. “We kept fighting and found a way. We aren’t the prettiest team out there, especially offensively, but we kept grinding. Really proud of our effort and fight against a very, very good team.”

Weber State shot 38 percent from the field, compared to 36 percent for the Grizzlies. Montana outrebounded the Wildcats 38-34 and WSU was just 6 of 22 from 3-point range.

Dusty Baker led the Wildcats with a career-high 20 points, finishing 5 of 6 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. He was also 7 of 9 from the free throw line and had six rebounds and two steals.

Freshman Zach Braxton had 13 points and seven rebounds and freshman Cody John tied his career-high with 13 points. Weber State had 34 points off the bench, compared to 12 for the Grizzlies.

The Wildcats played without senior Joel Bolomboy who missed his second-straight game with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The win was Weber State’s 1,000th victory as a Division I basketball program.

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