OGDEN -- Weber State asked basketball fans to bring cans of food to the Dee Events Center to donate to the Utah Food Bank at Saturday's game against the University of the Southwest.
There was little charity left for the visiting Mustangs as the Wildcats stampeded to an easy 110-45 win, WSU's largest margin of victory in school history.
Senior guard Scott Bamforth scored a season-high 18 points and hit 4 of 8 from 3-point range, sophomore guard/forward Royce Williams had a career-best 17 points and freshman forward Joel Bolomboy scored a career-high 16 points and did not miss from the field, going a perfect 8 for 8, though his percentage was helped by shooting from point-blank range for a variety of dunks in a win that amounted to little more than a game-situation scrimmage.
Junior forward Davion Berry added 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting and sophomore guard Gelaun Wheelwright had 12 points for the Wildcats.
Weber State coach Randy Rahe assigned exactly zero significance to the 65-point margin of victory being the largest in WSU basketball's 1,518-game history.
"After Christmas, after having some time off, we scheduled a non-Division I game to try to get some rhythm back with our team, try to get some guys that haven't had the opportunity to play much, try to get them some time. They deserve it, so it was a good game for our team," Rahe said. "Our schedule has been tough enough. We're OK playing a game like this once in awhile."
Every Weber State player reached double-digit minutes except usual starting center Kyle Tresnak, who dressed but did not play as a precaution after spraining his ankle in practice Wednesday.
University of the Southwest, a 630-student NAIA school located in Hobbs, New Mexico, was outnumbered by the 5,822 fans -- or tickets sold -- at the Dee Events Center for a Christmas break contest and overmatched by a Weber State team that is expected to challenge for a Big Sky Conference championship.
The Mustangs, who have dropped a string of games to opponents like Our Lady of the Lake University, Huston-Tillotson College, Jarvis Christian College and St. Thomas - Houston, lost for the eighth consecutive time, though Southwest counted Saturday's contest as an exhibition game and it will not go against their 3-8 record.
Junior guard Clarence Rivas led the Mustangs with 12 points as the only University of the Southwest player in double figures.
Weber State led 13-10 with 14:27 to go in the first half before burying the Mustangs in a barrage of 3-pointers during an 18-0 run that effectively ended the game.
WSU shot 76.7 percent from the field in the first half and went 10 for 14 from 3-point range (71.4 percent) to take a 58-20 lead at halftime.
"I thought our guys did a really good job of staying in character," Rahe said. "When you play those kind of games, it's easy to get sloppy, it's easy to get away from how you play and just kind of run up and down and lose your mind. Our guys, we didn't do that, we stayed within our system, we played how we play and we got some good out of it."
WSU returns to Big Sky action next week with two home games against Northern Colorado and North Dakota.
* SOUTHERN UTAH 51, NORTHERN COLORADO 50: At Cedar City, Wade Collie made a layup with 14 seconds to go after a steal by A.J. Hess, and Southern Utah escaped with a victory over Northern Colorado.
Collie finished with 13 points for Southern Utah (4-7, 2-0 Big Sky), and Jackson Stevenett led the way with 14 points.