OGDEN — The ’Cats are just crushing teams at this point.
Weber State steamrolled a cold North Dakota team 95-63 Saturday night at the Dee Events Center for the Wildcats’ fifth straight win.
Junior center Kyle Tresnak tied his career-high to lead WSU with 22 points and has scored in double digits in seven of his last eight games. Tresnak went 7 for 8 from the field and hit 8 of 10 at the free throw line as Weber State remained perfect in Big Sky Conference play.
Junior forward Davion Berry added 20 points, six rebounds, six assists and three steals for the Wildcats and senior shooting guard Scott Bamforth drilled 4 of 6 from 3-point range in the first half and finished with 19 points, his third straight game with at least 18.
“We had a lot of good performances,” ’Cats coach Randy Rahe said, “but this was a team win. Defensively, offensively, sharing the ball, rebounding the ball. It was a team win tonight and that’s the way we have to play to have a chance to be successful.”
WSU’s 32-point win was its largest margin of victory in a conference game since February 2009.
Weber State (9-3, 4-0 Big Sky) quadrupled UND’s shooting percentage while shutting down North Dakota in the first half, 64.0 percent to 16.1 percent.
“Early on, our defensive urgency, our pressure was pretty good,” Rahe said. “We talked to them the last couple of days, that’s got to set the tone for us with this (UND) team, because this team spreads you out with so many ball screen type actions that we needed to be on high urgency and high alert.”
North Dakota (4-9, 1-3) improved in the second stanza, shooting 48 percent to finish at 30.0 percent overall, but it was too late despite a game-high 23 points from 5-foot-11 point guard Aaron Anderson, who came into the game tied with Northern Arizona’s DeWayne Russell for the Big Sky scoring lead. Troy Huff added 15 points and Jamal Webb had 10 for UND.
Gelaun Wheelwright came off the bench to score 13 points and freshman forward Joel Bolomboy had a game-high 11 boards as Weber State outrebounded North Dakota by 20 boards, 46-26.
Berry bounced back from a 1-point scoring night Thursday against Northern Colorado.
“I thought Davion was a little off the other night,” Rahe said. “I had a good talk with him (Friday) and he was off, so he had those wide eyes tonight. He was ready to get back going and play like he’s capable of. This is a great example of his abilities, he can affect the game in so many ways. He’s obviously a very capable scorer, but he gets six assists, he gets six rebounds. We need him to be a stat stuffer kind of guy.
“When he’s having that effect, he can really help our team.”
Berry said he was anxious to attack.
“I just wanted to be aggressive,” he said. “I felt like against Northern Colorado I wasn’t myself, I wasn’t aggressive, so I just wanted to keep attacking just like coach tells me. I always want to get my teammates shots, I love when I get my teammates shots, I love that more than scoring points, so I’m not selfish.”
Berry did both Saturday, attacking and assisting. “I feel like I’m locked in,” he said.
Tresnak credited Weber State’s defensive success in the first half to paying attention to coaching, though Rahe called a timeout in the second half to get his D back on track.
“We were just playing the way that we were taught on defense,” Tresnak said. “No middle penetration, no 3s and no layups — just make them take tough shots.”
Weber State continues Big Sky play Thursday on the road at Southern Utah.