After a disappointing loss to BYU Thursday night at the Dee Events Center, the Weber State Wildcats will try to regroup when they play their first road game of the season tonight against the Eagles of North Texas.
Weber (2-1) will likely start Dave Baldwin at center, Aaron Bell and Anthony McGowan in the forward spots and Jason Joe and Tony Nicholas in the backcourt. Baldwin, a junior college transfer is one of the Wildcats' leading scorers with a 15 point-per-game average through the first three games.It will be a homecoming of sorts in Denton for Weber State sophomore forward Al Hamilton whose play has been excellent thus far - averaging almost 11 points and 7 rebounds off the bench for Weber. Hamilton hails from nearby Dallas and attended Lake Highlands High School. Coach Denny Huston probably hopes for the same kind of output from the sophomore.
"It's our first road outing, so we will see how our new comers react to a hostile environment and and different living and eating conditions," said Huston.
Leading the undefeated Eagles (3-0) is Donnell Hayden, a junior transfer from Baylor, who hit 12 of 25 shots from the field against Long Beach State last week for a career high 33 points. Hayden dished out 9 assists in the game as well. Joining Hayden in North Texas' starting lineup are Thomas Gipson, a 6-9, 265 pound junior center, Lowell Myrie, a 6-8 senior forward, Ray Schufford (6-3, soph.) and Cedric Carson (6-0, junior).
Weber won last year's meeting between the two schools by a blowout score of 96-69, but Huston expects a closer game this time around.
"North Texas appears to be much improved over last season. They handled Long Beach State, a team many magazines had picked in the top 30 or 40 in the pre-season," added Huston. "They have some excellent athletes and will get up and down the floor."