Rahe pleased to have multiple go-to scorers on his roster

Dec 9 2012 - 9:03pm

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Junior transfer forward Davion Berry led Weber State in scoring in his first three games as a Wildcat; junior center Kyle Tresnak has led the 'Cats for the last three games.

In the post-Damian Lillard era, WSU coach Randy Rahe is more than happy to see different guys step up as Weber State's top scoring threat.

"That's what we're looking for. We've got a couple guys in double figures now, we've got a bunch of guys around the eight, nine (points per game) mark," Rahe said. "We knew that was the type of team we'd need to be going into this season. It could be a different guy every night. To be honest with you, these guys don't care. As long as we move the ball, share the ball, then we'll have that balance -- it comes from moving it, sharing it, trusting each other."

A year ago, as Weber State prepared to face BYU, Lillard, the Wildcats' leading scorer was also leading the nation at 28.2 points per game, more than twice what Berry is currently averaging (12.2 ppg) with the Cougars coming to town on Saturday.

Senior shooting guard Scott Bamforth averages 11.8 ppg and Tresnak is up to 10.7 ppg after three consecutive games of 16 points or more.

"Dev's capable of jumping up and getting 20 any time -- he'll probably do that a few times," Rahe said. "So is Scotty, so is Trez. Right now, as long as we've got that balance and everybody's involved, it makes us a lot harder to guard."

Weber State isn't scoring at the same clip it did last season with Lillard in the lineup, averaging 74.7 ppg to 77.3 in 2011-12, but the Wildcats are guarding better now.

WSU opponents averaged 69.1 ppg in all of last season; so far this season, the Wildcats are holding foes to 58.8 ppg, a double-digit defensive improvement and a net gain of 7.7 points in scoring margin.

Balance for the Wildcats has also shown up in the versatility of lineups Rahe can use.

"We do have some things that we can mix and match," he said. "If we need to be real quick out there, we can play Gelaun (Wheelwright), Jordan (Richardson) and Dev. If we need a little size, we put Joel (Bolomboy) and Tresnak out there, so we have some combinations. It gives you some flexibility and I think that helps you improve as a team."

Weber State (4-2) has this week to prepare to defend its 20-game home court winning streak against BYU (6-3), which defeated rival Utah 61-58 in Provo last Saturday.

Park it in the paint

Rahe had some advice for Christmas shoppers and basketball players alike this week.

"We told (our players) at the very beginning of the year, we are going to be an inside-out basketball team," Rahe said. "It's not just because we have some pretty good post players, but that's how basketball should be played. It's like going to the mall -- you want to park the car as close to the front door as you can, right? Let's use that in basketball. We want to park the ball as close to the basket as we can -- whether that's throwing it to the post or penetrating to the rim, we emphasize that."

Even with a team that came into the UC Irvine game last Saturday ranked fourth in the country in 3-point percentage, though the Wildcats went 2 for 12 from beyond the arc in that contest.

"When you (get the ball in the post), everybody prospers," Rahe said. "Because when you do that, they're eventually going to have to double you, which Utah Valley did (Wednesday), and when they doubled us, we kicked it out and got some open 3s. It just makes the game easier."

Roy Burton covers Weber State sports for the Standard-Examiner. Follow @RoyBurton on Twitter, read more about the Wildcats at blogs.standard.net/wsu-sports-blog or reach him at rburton@standard.net.

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