Weber State basketball tunes up for tournament, blasts West Coast Baptist 110-45

Tuesday , November 14, 2017 - 10:25 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — All 10 available Wildcats scored Tuesday night as Weber State men’s basketball cruised to a 110-45 win over the West Coast Baptist Eagles inside the Dee Events Center.

The 65-point victory ties for the third largest in school history.

“Every once in a while you need a game like this,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. “This is a good game to get our young freshmen some minutes. That was the main reason why we did this.”

Unlike the exhibition game against Western State, there was no let up in the second half. Weber State’s energy and intensity was consistent throughout the game, regardless of the score.

“It’s very easy to get sloppy,” Rahe added. “It’s very easy to quit playing the way you’re supposed to play. Our guys didn’t do that. They kept playing like we wanted them to play, so we did get better tonight, especially those young kids.”

Five Wildcats scored in double figures, with freshman guard Trevon Ary-Turner leading the way with 22 points. Junior center Zach Braxton recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.

Freshman guard Ricky Doc Nelson shot 4 of 6 from the floor for 12 points, adding seven assists in the blowout win.

“The older guys got us off to a great start,” Ary-Turner said. “(They) got us a big lead so then we could go out there with no pressure and just have fun out there.”

Pleasant Grove High product Riley Court made his WSU debut after nursing a hamstring injury. While his two points and seven rebounds were modest, the freshman was energetic and vocal every time he was on the floor.

“Having that energy, which is really special to have from a freshman like that, is priceless,” Braxton said of Court. “We need a guy like that. He’s filling his role perfectly.”

After shooting 27.3 percent from 3-point range in their win against Utah State, the Wildcats did not see much improvement Tuesday, shooting a 33.3 percent clip against the Eagles.

The team shot a blistering 41.7 percent from deep last season, but Rahe isn’t worried about finding production from his shooters later in the season.

“I haven’t really thought about it, to be honest,” Rahe said. “I’m not concerned about that. We’ve got good shooters. We’re still trying to get comfortable in our offense. Once the comfort level comes, we’re going to shoot the ball.”

Senior guard Daniel Foster carried the load for his outmatched team, scoring 25 of his West Coast Baptist’s 45 points before fouling out.

The Wildcats now head to the Atlantic Ocean to compete in The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase. Their first game comes against Iona at 6 p.m. MST Friday.

Contact Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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