OGDEN -- In-state rivalry became in-state revelry as Weber State turned its return to the Dee Events Center into a welcome-home celebration with a 89-56 victory over Utah Valley.
Three Wildcats scored season highs Wednesday as WSU won its 19th straight game in the Purple Palace, the fourth-longest home winning streak in the country.
Junior center Kyle Tresnak poured in a game-high 20 points on 8 of 10 shooting in the paint while pulling down nine rebounds, senior shooting guard Scott Bamforth scored 18 points and senior forward Frank Otis had 14 points and five boards for Weber State.
Freshman forward Joel Bolomboy contributed 10 points and eight rebounds while exciting the crowd of 5,553 -- except for the green-clad group that made the trek from Orem -- with his dunking ability.
Weber State (3-2) shot 54.7 percent from the field and outrebounded Utah Valley (4-6) 36-29 while winning its first home game since the Nov. 9 season opener.
"We played within the system," Tresnak said. "The system we run gets a lot of guys open looks and if we just stick in it, kind of get to the second side, the defense can't play as long and it can get anyone a shot."
Bamforth was happy to see the 3s keep falling as he hit 4 of 5 from downtown.
"My team does a good job getting me shots, setting me screens," he said. "I'm just getting in a little rhythm. I started off slow on the year but the team still believes in me and I believe in every one of our teammates."
Utah Valley coach Dick Hunsaker, a Weber State alum, called WSU the best team in the state after seeing his squad lose by 33 points.
"They've got balance, they've got some size, some athleticism, they know their roles, they're on the attack," he said. "That's a nice team."
Hunsaker's son Holton and one-time Weber State commit Nick Thompson, a Clearfield High product, led UVU with 12 points each and Alfonzo Hubbard added 11.
Bountiful native Ben Aird, Utah Valley's leading scorer and rebounder entering the game at 13.7 points and 7.8 boards, fouled out after being limited to two points and four rebounds.
UVU trailed 43-32 at the break despite shooting 58.3 percent from the floor in the first half.
After falling behind 9-4 early, Weber State took command of the game for good with a 19-2 first-half run.
'Cats coach Randy Rahe said he challenged his team to improve on the defensive end in the second half despite its 43-32 halftime advantage, pointing to the Wolverines' high shooting percentage.
"We really responded to that in the second half," he said. "We played much better defensively, did a lot better job on the boards. When we can get stops and rebounds, we're pretty good in transition. We've got some speed. We can get that ball down the court."
The Wildcats proved his point, converting 14 Wolverines' miscues into 25 points compared to just six points off of turnovers for Utah Valley. They also dropped UVU's second-half shooting percentage to a dismal 26.5 percent, including just 2 of 15 (13.3 percent) from 3-point range.
Weber State junior forward Byron Fulton made his first appearance of the season after having his knee scoped in November. He did not score but grabbed two rebounds in four minutes.
WSU returns to the Dee Events Center on Saturday to face UC Irvine at 7 p.m. in the second of three straight home games.