Prairie View A&M made their first visit to Ogden Saturday night and it turned out to be a night the Panthers would rather fortget as Weber State ran to a 117-79 victory.
It wasn't a classic blowout, however, as Weber also struggled in the first half before mounting a 10-3 surge to grab an 11 point cussion at 44 to 33."They kept us off balance the first half and did a good job of chaining up the defenses," said Weber coad Denny Huston. "The long rebounds hurt them and gave us a chance to get out on the break."
The end came right in the middle. The Wildcats opened the second half with a 17-5 run and followed with a 10-3 streak to go up 65-41 with just under 14 minutes left. Weber emptied the bench and kept the pressure on, stretching the margin to 27 points with 10 minutes still remaining at 79-52.
Weber was at its best, forcing turnovers (Prairie View committed 18 for the game) and getting out on the break. The Panthers were also victimized by fouls as six players fouled out, including four starters. Weber shot a team record 61 free throws, converting on 41.
Six Wildcats scored in double figures led by reserve Al Hamilton with 18. Center Anthony McGowan added 17, Robbie Johnson 14, Jason Joe 13, David Baldwin 12 and Jimmy DeGraffenried 11.
For the Panthers, Michael Ervin had 27 points, including two treys and Terry Bryant 22, including four three-point bombs.
Probably the strangest element of the game was Weber's failure to hit a three-point shot. Weber, which had one of the premier three-point shooters in the Big Sky last year attempted only three shots from outside the arc.
Huston said his biggest task over the weekend will be bringing his team back to reality before Monday's tipoff against Southern Utah State. "They've (SUSC) been at all three of our games and they'll be ready for us.
"It's going to be like the civil war out here," Huston said.