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Weber State basketball: Wildcats set to take on Sacramento State

Published: Friday, Dec. 30 2011 10:32 p.m. MST

OGDEN — In Thursday night's Big Sky Conference opener, the Wildcats were like the Rolling Stones.

They couldn't get no satisfaction.

Despite a 14-point victory, Weber State still seemed pretty dissatisfied with its performance against struggling two-win Idaho State.

So the Wildcats will be aiming to come up with a more consistent performance today when they try to ring in the New Year with a win over Sacramento State in a 2 p.m. matchup at the Dee Events Center.

The Wildcats took a 14-point halftime lead over ISU and extended their margin to 21 in the second half. But the looming blowout never came, as WSU allowed the Bengals to trim their deficit and hang around and almost make a game of it down the stretch.

"It's a quick study," WSU coach Randy Rahe said of the limited preparation time his team had for the Hornets. "We'll watch film and break them down personnel-wise, do the scouting report and get them acclimated as quickly as we can. And we'll go on the court and we'll guard our butts off — and we're gonna guard our butts off — and we'll work on guarding their stuff and we'll prepare our stuff on the court.

"It's a quick turnaround. This is what we talk about all the time and we've got to mentally hone in what we're trying to do quickly, and this team has been pretty good at that."

Damian Lillard, the nation's leading scorer, splashed in 26 points against Idaho State. He, too, said the Wildcats need to improve their preparation for today's opponent.

"We've got to do our same preparation and do what we do all the time and get ready for this game," Lillard said. "I think we've just got to do a better job than we did of getting ready for this (Idaho State) game and get prepared for Saturday."

Weber State is 7-0 at home thus far this season, its best start since the 2002-03 season. And it will be gunning to continue that perfect home-court start against a Sac State squad that comes to town following a 73-64 loss at Northern Arizona Thursday night, when it rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to tie NAU before faltering in the final minutes. Jason Carbajal and John Dickson each scored 13 points for the Hornets in the loss.

Wildcats on the air

Sacramento St. (5-7, 0-1 Big Sky) at Weber St. (9-3, 1-0)

Today, 2 p.m.

Dee Events Center, Ogden

TV: none Radio: 1280 AM

email: rhollis@desnews.com

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