Weber State basketball: Wildcats face stiff road test at Fresno State

Thursday , November 30, 2017 - 5:00 AM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

Randy Rahe and the Weber State Wildcats will be put to the test with three straight road games against quality opponents, starting with Fresno State on Thursday night at the Save Mart Center in California.

The Bulldogs (4-2) have already faced a Big Sky team this year, using a big second half to pull away from Montana State in an 80-67 win. The Bobcats trailed 37-35 at halftime but later fell behind by as many as 19.

Recently, the Save Mart Center hasn’t been a welcoming place for visiting teams. Fresno State is currently riding a six-game winning streak at home and will look to extend it against Weber State.

"It's going to be a really good game,” Fresno State head coach Rodney Terry said after the team’s win over Montana State. “When we signed up for that series, we knew that they would really challenge us and prepare us for conference play because they do a great job at a very high level.

“It will be a very good game for us this coming Thursday, competing against a well-coached team."

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According to college basketball statistician Ken Pomeroy, the Bulldogs are ranked 83rd in the country with the Wildcats at 190th. 

Junior guard Deshon Taylor leads the charge for Fresno State. He averages just under 20 points per game, including a season-high 31 points against Montana State.

Sophomore forward Bryson Williams is a force to be reckoned with in the post. He has recorded two double-doubles on the season and puts up 13.7 points per game.

As a team, the Bulldogs are balanced with strengths on both ends of the floor. They take care of the ball and are efficient offensively, and rebound the defensive glass well.

Weber State (4-2) may be able to exploit the Bulldogs’ poor 3-point shooting defense, which is one of the worst in the country. Fresno allows opponents to shoot 40.5 percent from deep. Weber State is a top-50 team in the nation in 3-point shooting at 39.8 percent.

Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. MST. The game will be carried online via the Mountain West Network and broadcast on 1430 AM KLO with Steve Klauke on the call.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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