OGDEN — It seems like ages ago when the Weber State Wildcats last played inside the Dee Events Center.
The long drought (23 days) finally ends tonight when the Wildcats host Sacramento State in their conference home-opener. Coach Randy Rahe hopes the same type of crowd shows up for tonight's game as the one that did for Weber State's last home game when it hosted BYU, as the purple palace was nearly sold out.
He said fans will be pleased with what they see out of the Wildcats, minus star player Damian Lillard.
"I thought it was a fantastic crowd," Rahe said. "I do hope that they'll continue to come out (now) because there won't be a team that's going to play harder, play more together, or be tougher than this team. They're going to like what they see."
The Wildcats hope to keep playing well after breaking a three-game losing streak with a win over Northern Arizona on Saturday. They don't have much margin for error in the conference title race, as Northern Colorado leads the Big Sky with a 4-0 record in Big Sky games. Weber State trails Montana, Montana State and Portland State by one game in the loss column.
Sacramento State sits in the cellar of the Big Sky at 0-4 in league play and 3-12 overall. The Hornets' record is somewhat misleading, as they've lost three of their last six games in overtime, and two others by two points apiece.
"Their record doesn't mean a thing to us," said Rahe, who picked up his 50th win as Weber State's coach last Saturday. "All I know is they are 11 points away from being 3-1 in league play and are a much better team than they were a year ago."
For the Wildcats, they expect to continue getting solid team efforts as they did against Northern Arizona. Lindsey Hughey hit the big shots in the 68-67 victory — a go-ahead layup with 1:12 left and an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with nine seconds left in the game to put the Wildcats up by four.
Hughey had 12 points in that game, while Kyle Bullinger contributed 18 points. Slick-shooting Scott Bamforth added 14 points.
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Sacramento State (3-12, 0-4) at Weber State (7-7, 1-2)
Today, 7 p.m.
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