Weber State's men's basketball team opens up its 29th season as a four-year institution and its last one as a "college" today. The Wildcats take on the Prairie View A&M University Panthers in a 7:30 MST tip-off.
Weber starts the '90-'91 season retaining four starters from last year's 14-15 team including top returnees Anthony McGowan, a 6-8 center who averaged 11.1 ppg. last season and forward Aaron Bell (11.5 ppg), both seniors. Coach Denny Huston expects to start junior guard Jason Joe and senior Tony Nicholas in the backcourt and junior forward David Baldwin in the frontcourt along with McGowan and Bell.Prairie View lost its top two scorers and top rebounder from last year's team. The top returnee is 6-5 forward Terry Bryant. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds last season and was 27 of 56 (48.2%) from three-point range. Others expected to start are Lorenzo Tolbert, a 6-7, 212 pound center, Tommy Washington (6-7, guard), Daryl Pope (6-5, forward), Deon Samuel (6-0, guard) and Michael Irvin (6-3, guard). Robert Jordan, a 6-3 senior guard is the top man off the bench.
Last year, Prairie View finished 9-18 overall, 5-9 in the Southwestern Athletic conference. Plagued by financial woes, Prairie View pulled out of Division I in the spring, but decided to keep the basketball program going. As a result, the Panthers lost big man Steve Stevenson, a banger who was among the leaders in rebounds and blocked shots nationally last year. Stevenson transferred to Houston.
Elwood Plummer is back at coach for Prairie View after a 10-year absence. Plummer directed the Panther basketball program from 1973 through 1979, where he posted a 101-67 record.
This is the first meeting between Weber State and Prairie View and also marks the first game between Weber and a school from the Southwestern Athletic Conference.