Senior guard Tony Nicholas poured in 28 points to lead the Weber State Wildcats to a 97-90 upset victory over the Montana State Bobcats in Big Sky Conference play Friday night.
Nicholas starred at both ends of the court - on the offensive side he was 10 of 13 from the field, including all three of his 3-point attempts.On the defensive end, he shadowed the Big Sky's leading scorer, Johnny Mack, and held him to just four points, all on free throws and nearly 14 points below his average. Mack missed all nine shots he took from the field.
With the victory Weber State moved to 2-4 and 7-10. Montana State, which hit only 7 of 23 shots from 3-point range, now is 5-2 and 10-8.
The Wildcats held Montana State at bay over the final 71/2 minutes by hitting 17 straight free throws and for the game cashed in on 34 of 40 shots from the line.
The Bobcats, despite shooting 33 percent from the field in the first half, managed a 41-37 lead at the break after trailing most of the first half.
The Wildcats took the lead for good on a Jason Joe jumper with 15:53 remaining to put his team ahead 49-48.
Weber stretched its lead to 67-58 midway through the second half and held leads up to 11 points, 86-75, with 2:35 remaining.
Backing Nicholas for the Wildcats were Aaron Bell with 17 points, Joe with 14, and David Baldwin with 10.
Greg Powell led Montana State with 22 points, while Johnny Perkins had 17, Todd Dickson 13, Allen Lightfoot 12, and Willard Dean 11.