FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- There's something about playing Northern Arizona that brings out the best in Weber State's Arizonans.
Phoenix product Byron Fulton had his second double-double of the year Thursday, coming off the bench to score 13 points and pull down 10 rebounds to help Weber State roll to a 67-49 victory over Northern Arizona at the Rolle Activity Center.
When the Wildcats played NAU in Ogden, Scottsdale native Kyle Tresnak scored a career-high 22 points. The sophomore forward didn't come close to that Thursday, finishing with six, but he pulled down a season-high 10 boards as the Wildcats (19-4, 11-1 Big Sky) outrebounded the Lumberjacks 40-31 and sent NAU (5-20, 1-12) to its 12th straight loss.
Fulton's previous double-double came against Montana State at home on Jan. 12 when he had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
"It's just a fun atmosphere to play in," Fulton said. "I don't know if it had anything to do with playing Northern Arizona, but you've just got to be ready to step up in games."
"Rebounding-wise, our guards were doing a good job of coming down and boxing out. Sometimes it was just right place, right time and jumping up to try to secure the ball."
With the win, coupled with Montana State and Idaho State losses Thursday, the Wildcats clinched a berth as one of the top two seeds in the Big Sky conference tournament. Montana also picked up a win Thursday, defeating Northern Colorado, clinching the other semifinal berth.
NCAA scoring leader Damian Lillard had a game-high 18 points for Weber State and senior forward Kyle Bullinger had a season-high 16 points as the 'Cats won their third in a row and 13th out of 14.
Bullinger went on a tear to start the second half, tossing in the Wildcats' first 10 points.
NAU senior forward Durrell Nortman did his best to answer, scoring his team's first 11 of the half, but Weber State's bench sparked the next big charge, with Fulton hitting a pair of 3s and freshman guard Gelaun Wheelwright acting as catalysts in a 15-2 run.
"It's nice to see (Fulton) and Tres play really well in their home state," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "There was a lot of people here to watch them. It's one of (Fulton's best games."
"Anytime they come home they're a little more excited to play and want to do well. Maybe a little more focused, whatever it may be, but it was really good for them to both play well in front of a lot of family and friends."
Fulton was quick to deflect the credit.
"They were focusing so much on Dame, they were just leaving me wide open on the 3-point line. It's kind of easy when you've got Damian, who's a great passer who finds you every time when you're open."
Fulton could have matched his season-high point total of 15 but dished to fellow Arizonan Tresnak for a dunk to cap Weber State's scoring in the final minute.
Weber State went on a 15-5 run late in the first half to build a 14-point lead, thanks in part to seven straight points from Lillard, but Northern Arizona hit three treys to make it 30-23 at the break.
Each team shot over 60 percent in the first half in Ogden, but didn't come close to that pace in Flagstaff, shooting an identical 37.0 percent from the field the first half.
The difference came in Weber State shooting 54.2 percent and chopping the 'Jacks' down to a mere 25.8 percent in the second half.
"They came out in a triangle-and-two defense and they played it pretty much the whole first half. We got wide-open looks, we just didn't make them," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "It threw us a little bit out of rhythm. At halftime, we talked about, we can really shoot the ball; let's just relax and make shots, get the ball moving a little bit more and I thought we did that. We had nine assists in the second half and shot it a higher percentage."
The Wildcats turned the ball over 16 times, uncharacteristic for a team that came into Thursday ranked third in the nation in fewest TOs per game, but had 13 assists.
Norman finished with 11 points and was NAU's only scorer in double figures.
Weber State returns home to face Eastern Washington on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.