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Men's basketball roundup: Weber State wins 10th straight

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Published: Thursday, Jan. 26 2012 11:45 p.m. MST

Damian Lillard, of WSU, celebrates as the game ends and Weber State University defeats the University of Utah in NCAA basketball in Ogden, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Four Wildcats scored in double figures as Weber State won its 10th straight game with a 75-60 win over Sacramento State Thursday night. With the victory the Wildcats moved to 8-0 in Big Sky play for the third time in school history.

Weber State never trailed in the game and jumped out to a quick 14-3 lead four minutes into the first half. WSU led 42-28 at halftime. The Hornets were never closer than eight in the second half.

Weber State shot 53 percent from the field and held Sac St. to 35 percent shooting.

"Sacramento State made a nice push and was very aggressive but we made some good shots and made some stops when we needed to," said Weber State coach Randy Rahe. "We moved the ball really well and shared the ball well and had a lot of players step up and play well."

Damian Lillard, the nation's leading scorer, finished the night with 21 points with 14 points coming in the second half. Lillard finished 7-17 from the field and was 4-4 from the free throw line. In the process he passed Jermaine Boyette and moved into third place in WSU career scoring now with 1,622 career points. He needs just three more points to pass Jimmy Degraffenried for second all-time. Lillard also added six rebounds and four assists. Lillard is now averaging 24.8 points per game.

Darin Mahoney had his first career double-double, finishing with a season-high 14 points and a career-high 10 rebounds.

SOUTHERN UTAH 57, UMKC 47: At Cedar City, Ray Jones Jr. scored 18 points and Southern Utah held UMKC to 14 second-half points.

Jackson Stevenett added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Thunderbirds (11-10, 6-5 Summit League), who won for the fourth time in five games. Ramell Taylor and Damon Heuir scored 11 apiece.

UTAH VALLEY 65, CHICAGO STATE 56: At Orem, Holton Hunsaker scored 18 points and Geddes Robinson had 10 points and 16 rebounds.

Isiah Williams added 13 points and Keith Thompson scored 12 for the Wolverines (12-10, 2-0 Great West), who trailed by eight late in the first half but were only down 34-31 at intermission. Utah Valley used a 10-0 run early in the second half to take the lead for good.

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