OGDEN — When Daviin Davis soared above the Utah defense and threw down a fast-break dunk, giving Weber State a 16-4 lead, the Wildcats looked as though there was a very real chance they would send the Utes back to Salt Lake City with an embarrassing loss.

The only people embarrassed, however, were the Wildcats. After building an early lead, they were run out of their own gym for the better part of 15 minutes as Utah ran to an eventual 72-52 blowout.

"They kicked it up a notch," WSU coach Randy Rahe said. "We had trouble scoring for a long, long time and that zapped our energy."

That long time was a nearly 17-minute stretch that saw the Utes (3-2) use a 29-5 run to erase the 16-4 WSU advantage and stake a 33-21 lead just four minutes into the second half.

Another 15-4 run put the game pretty much out of reach with more than 12 minutes to play and the Utes enjoying a 48-28 lead.

The Wildcats, who opened the game hitting four of five 3-point attempts to take the lead, struggled making baskets the rest of the night and settled for converting just 36 percent of their shots while committing 18 turnovers.

"We were the aggressors," WSU center Arturas Valeika said. "Then they became more aggressive than us. We tried to keep fighting, but we couldn't put it in."

Playing in their first game in nine days, Weber State (2-3) couldn't maintain its intensity past the initial rush. Rahe eventually earned a technical foul — only the second in his tenure at WSU — trying to light a fire under his team.

By that time, though, it was too late.

"They made it hard for us to score," Rahe said, "and our kids lost a lot of confidence."

Valeika was the only Wildcat to reach double figures in scoring as he tossed in 15 points to go with his 10 rebounds. The senior from Lithuania now has a double-double in each of WSU's five games.

Brody Van Brocklin added nine points on 3-of-4 3-point shooting. Nobody else scored more than the six points from Dezmon Harris and Trevor Morris.

Things will not get any easier for the Wildcats. A road game at Illinois awaits them on Saturday followed by a trip to BYU on Wednesday.

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