Weber State, UVU men's basketball: Wildcats blow apart Utah Valley in 33-point win
Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics
OGDEN — One by one, Weber State's players took their turns stepping up and making play after play after play Wednesday night against Utah Valley at the Dee Events Center.
There was Frank Otis flipping in a feathery jump hook ... Kyle Tresnak sliding to the basket with a smooth inside move ... Scott Bamforth banging in a 3-point bomb ... Joel Bolomboy throwing down a dunk ...
Yes, the Wildcats displayed plenty of firepower from every position.
And UVU had no answer for it.
Weber State outshot, outrebounded and out-everythinged the visiting Wolverines, outscoring them by a decisive 46-24 margin in the second half. It all added up to an impressive 89-56 WSU victory in the Wildcats' most complete performance of the young season.
Tresnak scored a season- and game-high 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and he also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. He was also 4 of 4 from the foul line, part of an impressive 15-of-16 free-throw shooting performance by the Wildcats (3-2), who won their 19th straight home game stretching back through last season. It's the fourth-longest active home-court winning streak in the nation.
"We played the way we know how to play in the second half," said Tresnak, a 6-foot-10 junior center. "... We got the ball inside and got some good opportunities.
"We play within the system. The system we run gets a lot of guys open looks; we just stick in it and move to the second side, and the defense just can't play as long and it can get anyone a shot.
"We've got a lot more athleticism this year, so we can run," he said. "We get the ball out faster and get a lot of good fastbreaks going."
Bamforth popped in a season-best 18 points, thanks in large part to slick 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc for the senior guard. The Wildcats' offense was firing on all cylinders and benefited from 48 points in the paint, 25 points off UVU's 14 turnovers, 14 second-chance points and 25 points from the WSU bench.
"We work on execution a lot," Bamforth said. "In practice, we execute the plays and we want to get the ball where we want it. I felt like our bigs do a good job of getting position so we can throw it to 'em. And our guys did a good job of getting them the ball. We like to play inside-out and, when we do that, we get a lot of opportunities.
"My team does a good job of getting me shots, setting good screens, and I'm just getting in a little rhythm. I started out the year slow, but the team still believes in me and I believe in every one of our teammates, and I think any one of our guards can have a night like that."
Otis contributed 14 points and five boards; Bolomboy had 10 points and eight rebounds, and James Hajek (9 points), Davion Berry (8 points, 3 steals) and Jordan Richardson (5 assists) each had their moments as well as Weber State walloped UVU in a 33-point beatdown that looked absolutely nothing like these two teams' last matchup, a narrow 3-point WSU win in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament last March.
"That's the kind of team we have to be, obviously with what we lost from last year," said WSU coach Randy Rahe. "We've got to be a balanced team. We've got to be a team that shares the ball. Everything we do has to be team — offensively, ball movement, sharing the ball, everybody getting involved.
"When you do that, when you move the ball and you get the ball from side to side, everybody prospers. And these guys are just gonna find the open man. They don't care. They'll pass up an average shot to try and get a great shot, and it's a real credit to the kids.
"They've been doing a really good job of that so far, and when you do that, now you get balance," Rahe said. "And we had good balance tonight. We had four guys in double figures, we get another guy with nine and another guy with eight. And if we can continue to be like that, then we can be fairly hard to guard."
Weber State fell behind early, 9-4, then staged a 19-2 run to move ahead 23-11. It never looked back. The Wildcats led 43-32 at halftime, opened the second half with a 12-4 run, and then Bolomboy fueled a 10-0 spurt as Weber broke things wide open. With Tresnak dong most of the damage, the Wildcats extended their margin to 30-plus points down the stretch.
Junior guard Holton Hunsaker and senior forward Nick Thompson scored 12 points apiece for UVU (4-6), and Alfonzo Hubbard had 11 points and a team-leading seven rebounds. But the Wolverines shot just 40 percent from the field, including 19 percent (3 of 16) from 3-point range, and only got to the foul line eight times.
"That might be the best team in the state," UVU coach Dick Hunsaker said of the Wildcats after the Wolverines slipped to 0-4 all-time in Ogden. "I'm not playing the rest of 'em other than (Utah State), and I know Utah State beat 'em, but that's a very good Weber State team. They've got balance. They've got athleticism. They've got some size. They know their roles. They're on the attack. That's a nice team.
"They were the aggressors and they were the winners. ... They were ready to roll and they did a great job. ... Their pressure and their tenacity really wore us down."
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