MSU men turn the corner

The Weber State Wildcats entered the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Thursday undefeated in Big Sky Conference play, but the Bobcats wouldn’t let them leave that way. The Cats learned a lot from their heartbreaking overtime loss to the Montana Grizzlies, another undefeated conference team, last week, and they showed it on the court, fighting off a barrage of three pointers to capture the win, 79-74.

MSU’s guards did most of the damage versus the Wildcats. Senior Xavier Blount dropped 18 points despite an injury and the other senior, Christian Moon, continued his scorching play by scoring 16 points and hitting two free throws with six seconds left to secure the win. But it was junior guard Antonio Biglow that may have been the difference, netting 18 points, three assists and three steals.

“He’s really been coming along since he’s been back with us,” Head Coach Brad Huse said of Biglow. “Tonight he did a good job negotiating our offense and making good reads, making solid plays for us. It’s really encouraging moving forward, the depth we have in that backcourt and the things they all bring.”

The real story of the game was the poise the Bobcats showed at the free throw line once again. They hit all 14 of their free throws in the last 3:36 to hold off a valiant comeback by the Wildcats. Weber State hit five of six three-pointers in the same stretch, including four by Davion Berry, who finished with a game-high of 24 points.

“Those guys had confidence in the moment, in the situation,” Huse said. “I thought we played a real complete game against a high-quality team … our guys were up to the task tonight in sustaining the effort for 40 minutes. Hitting all those free throws at the end, that’s become a trait of ours. It was nice to see.”

The Bobcats weren’t done showing off that late-game confidence either. Biglow proved to be a difference-maker once again on Saturday, hitting two free throws for his only two points with 17 seconds in overtime to propel MSU to a 61-59 win over the Idaho State (ISU) Bengals.

ISU slowly chipped away at MSU’s 17-point lead in the second half, as the Cats went scoreless for stretches of three and four minutes during a 27-9 run by the Bengals. “I was proud of how we hung in there,” Huse said. “We really struggled to score for a long stretch, and struggled to stop them.”

Junior forward Flavien Davis led all scorers with a season-high 24 points, and Moon extended his streak of scoring in double figures to nine games with a 12-point effort.

With the win, MSU moved into sole possession of third place in the Big Sky Conference with a 6-4 league record. They are 8-2 at home and have won three consecutive games. They will visit Eastern Washington and Portland State this week before they get to host conference foe North Dakota on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7:05 p.m. in the Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.