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Weber State draws Air Force in the second round of the CIT

Published: Saturday, Aug. 1 2015 4:05 a.m. MDT

FILE -- Weber's Frank Otis brings the ball up court as Weber State and Eastern Washington play Saturday, March 9, 2013. Weber will play Air Force in the second round of the CIT. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) FILE -- Weber's Frank Otis brings the ball up court as Weber State and Eastern Washington play Saturday, March 9, 2013. Weber will play Air Force in the second round of the CIT. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

OGDEN — With its 42-point win against Cal Poly on Wednesday, Weber State earned the right to host another College Insider.com Tournament game at the Dee Events Center.

This time, Air Force evades Ogden on Saturday at 7 p.m. The Falcons (18-13) topped Hawaii in the first-round, 69-65, and finished sixth in the very competitive Mountain West Conference. Air Force notched victories over nationally ranked New Mexico, UNLV and San Diego State teams this season. However, all three wins were on its home floor.

Michael Lyons, a 6-foot-5 guard, averaged 17.7 points per game for the academy and was named first-team All-Mountain West. Mike Fitzgerald also averages double figures (10.2ppg).

The battle beyond the arc very well could determine the final outcome. Weber State continues as one of the best 3-point percentage defensive teams and Air Force ranks 13th nationally in 3-pointers per game. The Falcons hit 15 3s in the win over Hawaii.

FILE -- Weber State coach Randy Rahe talks with Weber State Wildcats guard Gelaun Wheelwright (0) as the Weber State Wildcats play Idaho State in NCAA basketball Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Ogden. Weber state goes into the CIT with the best record of any team in the field. (Tom Smart, Deseret News) FILE -- Weber State coach Randy Rahe talks with Weber State Wildcats guard Gelaun Wheelwright (0) as the Weber State Wildcats play Idaho State in NCAA basketball Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, in Ogden. Weber state goes into the CIT with the best record of any team in the field. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

WSU's 42-point win is the largest margin of victory in CIT Tournament History. The previous high was 38, set in 2009. The Wildcats improved to 27-6 on the season, tying the most wins in program and Big Sky history.

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