Weber State basketball: Randy Rahe seeks 100th career victory

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 9:02 p.m. MST

OGDEN — College basketball fans will have a chance to see the nation's leading scorer take the floor Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.

And, even better, he plays for Weber State.

Sure, the 2011-12 collegiate basketball campaign is awfully young, but WSU junior point guard Damian Lillard currently leads the land in scoring with an average of 25.6 points per game.

Lillard took over the NCAA lead earlier this week with his 36-point performance in the championship game of the St. Mary's Shamrock Office Solutions Classic on Monday night at Moraga, Calf. The Wildcats lost that game, 87-70, for their first setback of the season, but Lillard did his best to keep the 'Cats on top, scoring 26 second-half points, including a 10-minute stretch when he scored 21 in a row for Weber State.

Saturday night's game against San Jose State, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. to accommodate a doubleheader with the WSU women's basketball team, which also hosts SJSU at 5 p.m., begins a schedule-friendly stretch in which the Wildcat men's team will play six of its next eight games at home.

San Jose State, like Weber State, has a victory over UC-Irvine thus far this season. The Spartans' other wins came against Texas-San Antonio and Holy Names, while their losses were to Montana State, Cal Poly, San Francisco and Santa Clara.

Junior guard James Kinney leads the Spartans in scoring with 16.7 points per game, including a career-best 30 points in Wednesday's win over UTSA. Sophomore Keith Shamburger adds 14.4 ppg, and he scored 21 points in San Jose State's 62-46 victory over Weber State in an ESPNU Bracketbuster game last February.

Wil Carter contributes 9.7 ppg and a team-leading 8.6 rebounds per game for San Jose State, a Western Athletic Conference team that was eliminated by Utah State in last year's WAC tournament semifinals and wound up 17-16 overall last season for its first winning record in 17 years.

Lillard moved into Weber State's top 10 in career scoring with his performance at the St. Mary's Tournament. He now has 1,280 points in 78 career games at WSU.

Senior forward Kyle Bullinger, the Big Sky's leading rebounder with 9.6 per game, will play in his 100th career game for the Wildcats Saturday night, and head coach Randy Rahe will be seeking his 100th career victory. Rahe is 99-62 in five-plus seasons at the WSU helm.

email: rhollis@desnews.com

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