It's the only time this season that Southern Utah's basketball team will face an in-state opponent, but the meeting of the T-Birds and Wildcats at the Dee Center tonight at 7:30 has lost a bit of its spark.
Southern Utah will be without last year's scoring and rebounding leader and this year's co-captain, William Allen, who suffered what could be a season- and career-ending knee injury in Saturday's 123-78 T-Bird win at SUSC over Northeastern Illinois.Allen, who scored 10 points in the game, was going in for a layup when something in the knee gave, said sports information director Jim Robinson. It is a patellar-type injury, he said.
Since Allen is a fifth-year senior, he can't play next year. Allen, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 17.9 points and 9.0 rebounds last season.
Junior Kerry Sherwood, 6-11, of Milford, will probably replace Allen, leaving the center spot solely to the T-Birds' other co-captain, junior Richard Barton. Barton had 32 points in Saturday's win. He and Sherwood had alternated in the pivot.
Weber State is also coming off a win at home, having defeated Prairie View A&M of Texas 117-79 Saturday in the Dee Center.
The Wildcats were helped by a club-record 61 free-throw attempts, scoring 41 points at the line. Redshirt sophomore Al Hamilton again paced the 'Cats wtih 18 points. He was their scoring leader in both exhibition games as well. Senior pivot Anthony McGowan had 17. He is the Wildcats' top returning scorer.
Weber had six players in double figures Saturday, and SUSC had five in double figures in its game. DaVor Marcelic, a guard, had 24 for the T-Birds.