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Weber State basketball: Wildcats sting Hornets with inside-outside scoring attack

Published: Saturday, Dec. 31 2011 7:37 p.m. MST

OGDEN — Balance is something that Weber State head coach Randy Rahe says he wants his team to have.

If Saturday's 74-63 win over Sacramento State (5-8, 0-2 Big Sky) was any indication, the Wildcats (10-3, 2-0) should be just fine as they continue their conference schedule.

"We always try to go inside-out," Rahe said. "We have the first several plays scripted, and it always starts with getting the ball inside."

Weber State sophomore center Kyle Tresnak took advantage of that game plan, as he dominated in the paint early. Tresnak scored eight of the Wildcats' first 13 points, and had 12 at halftime before finishing the game with a season-high 18.

"We try to go inside, and today I just found my openings," he said. Weber ended up with a 32-14 advantage in the points-in-the-paint category.

With the inside game working for Weber, defensive pressure on the perimeter lessened, opening things up for the Wildcats' guards.

Scott Bamforth was there to take advantage, hitting on four 3-pointers and ending with 19 points.

"Practice was intense, and we knew we had to pay better attention to detail," Bamforth said in reference to Weber's game on Thursday against Idaho State in which they got a double-digit win, yet still came away with an unsatisfying feeling. "We played a lot better, but they (Sacramento State) stuck around."

After taking a 35-25 lead at halftime, Weber let the Hornets back in, as the road team went on a 7-0 run to pull to within 40-34.

"They (Sacramento State) won't quit," Rahe said. "They have good size and good athleticism."

But when things get going for the Wildcats in the backcourt, it's a good thing to have the nation's leading scorer in Damian Lillard.

The junior guard, who had seven points at halftime, got hot in the second half and totaled 22 points and nine rebounds.

A 13-5 scoring spurt put Weber back up 61-45 and in charge. The closest Sacramento State would get the rest of the way was 10 points. The fact that the Wildcats took care of the ball also made it harder for the Hornets to claw their way back into the game. Weber only committed six turnovers for the game.

With the Wildcats' fourth win in a row, they improved their home record to 8-0 and now head out on the road for games at Eastern Washington and Portland State on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Rahe knows that his team will need to be on its best game while away from the Dee Events Center.

"You've got to be tough, together and mature," he said. "We need to try to take advantage of our advantages and continue to get good balance."

Weber's Jordan Richardson dished out six assists, while teammate Byron Fulton pulled down six rebounds.

Sacramento State was led by John Dickson with 20 points. Joe Eberhard had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Heath Hoffman contributed 12 points and seven rebounds.

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