Weber State baksetball: Wildcats are getting 'greedy' on the road

Published: Friday, Jan. 6 2012 10:25 p.m. MST

OGDEN — Whenever a college basketball team takes a two-game road trip, most of them would be content or downright giddy to split a pair of contests away from home.

But, after winning its first Big Sky Conference road game on Thursday at Eastern Washington, the Weber State Wildcats are getting greedy — now, they want a sweep.

"You've got to be greedy on road trips," said Weber State's stellar junior guard Damian Lillard, who leads the nation in scoring with an average of 25.5 points per game. "We stole one already and now we want two. We've got to get our minds back right and go steal another one."

That'll certainly be the Wildcats' goal — complete the sweep — when they play at Portland State tonight at 8 p.m. MT.

Weber State comes into tonight's contest fresh from a 76-69 win over EWU, where Lillard poured in 30 points to surpass the 1,500-point plateau for his collegiate career. It was Weber State's fifth straight win.

But the Wildcats committed a season-worst 22 turnovers in that game, giving WSU coach Randy Rahe cause for concern.

"It was very unusual for our team," he said. "We've been averaging 7 or 8 turnovers the last few games, so 22 is way too many and is very uncharacteristic of our team.

"But it tells you how hard our guys fought to overcome something like that. We outrebounded this Eastern Washington team by 13 (44-31) on their court. We had to make something up and that's where they made it up.

"We do get greedy," the Wildcats' coach continued. "Any time you get that first win on the road, it's time to get greedy. It's a different kind of challenge. This is a Portland State team that can really score points, so we're going to have to push ourselves in practice and get ready to play a heck of a ballgame."

Portland State comes into tonight's clash off a victory of its own, as the Vikings shot past Northern Arizona 82-62 on Thursday for PSU's first league win of the young season.?

The Vikings are the league's best shooting team at 47.8 percent and are second (behind Weber State) in scoring offense at 76.5 points per game, but they're also allowing 73.5 ppg.

Senior guard Charles Odum is Portland State's leading scorer at 17.7 points per game, which ranks second in the Big Sky behind Lillard. Senior forward Chehales Tapscott adds 13.5 points and a league-best 9.1 rebounds per game for the Vikings, who have yet to lose a home game (4-0) thus far this season.

Wildcats on the air

Weber State (11-3, 3-0) at Portland State (7-8, 1-2)

Today, 8 p.m. MT

Stott Center, Portland, Ore.

TV: none

Radio: 1280 AM

email: rhollis@desnews.com

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