OGDEN -- Weber State's basketball team was just starting to click with a pair of Big Sky Conference wins on the road against Eastern Washington and Portland State.
Now the Wildcats have a chance to knock any rust off the engine after a short Christmas break before their return to league play next week.
Weber State (6-3, 2-0 Big Sky) will face NAIA school University of the Southwest (3-8) tonight at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
The Wildcats defeated the Mustangs 94-54 in 2010 behind the only double-double of Kyle Tresnak's career so far. Tresnak scored 19 points to go with 11 rebounds, both career highs at the time.
Weber State has made a habit of dispatching non-Division I schools without drama. In recent years, WSU has won regular-season games against opponents like Arizona Christian, Mayville State and Northern New Mexico by scores of 110-52, 106-57, 109-50 and exhibition games against Western State and Colorado-Colorado Springs 82-56 and 101-55.
University of the Southwest is on a seven-game losing streak, while Weber State has won five of its last six.
WSU's only scheduled non-conference game after tonight is an ESPN Bracketbusters game on Feb. 23 on the road. The Wildcats' opponent for their final Bracketbusters game is yet to be announced; the two-day made-for-TV event will not be continued again after this season.
Tonight should be little more than a tune-up for a Weber State team coach Randy Rahe felt had found its identity by earning a road sweep to open Big Sky conference play, especially by battling through to close out the sweep by beating Portland State in overtime.
"I felt like we were out of rhythm, especially the first half," Rahe said. "They changed defenses on us, they played a lot of zone, they switched off man, they played some three-quarter court press, and they threw a lot of different looks at us."
Despite that, the Wildcats shot 52.4 percent from the floor in the first half, 51.9 percent in the second half and raised their total percentage to 54.7 percent by hitting 4 of 5 from the field in the overtime.
Fifteen turnovers wereway too many for his team, Rahe said, but Weber State found its rhythm as the game went on.
"Second half, we executed much better against the zone," he said. "We got the ball moving, we got penetration and I thought the second half our offense was really clicking, maybe as good as it's been for awhile."
Junior point guard Jordan Richardson earned co-Big Sky player of the week honors after hitting 7 out of 10 3-point tries on the road trip and averaging 14.5 points and four assists in the two games.
Junior forward Davion Berry averages 13.4 points per game to lead WSU for the season.
Tonight is the first of a three-game homestand for Weber State, which will face Northern Colorado and North Dakota on Thursday and Saturday next week at the Dee Events Center.