OGDEN -- The Wildcats are 2 for 2 so far this week, with one more to go as they try to keep their undefeated record in Big Sky Conference play.
Weber State outlasted Northern Arizona 83-70 on Thursday at the Dee Events Center for the 'Cats eighth straight win.
Junior center Kyle Tresnak scored a career-high 23 points and junior forward Davion Berry added 17 points for the Wildcats (12-3, 7-0 Big Sky) as they stayed perfect in conference play.
Freshman forward Joel Bolomboy stuffed the stat sheet, turning in his third double-double of the season with 13 points and 13 rebounds while blocking five shots.
Northern Arizona (5-12, 2-5) outshot WSU from the field but sent the Wildcats to the line too many times to pull off the upset.
Weber State struggled at the free throw line early in the year but has improved of late, hitting 29 of 33 from the stripe Thursday. NAU only took 15 shots from the line, making just eight, but 'Cats coach Randy Rahe credited NAU for making it a battle.
Junior forward Max Jacobsen hit 9 of 11 from the floor to lead the Lumberjacks with 18 points. Freshman guard DeWayne Russell, who entered the game averaging a league-best 16.2 points per game, added 15 points. Salt Lake native Stallon Saldivar added 12 points and five assists and Gabe Rogers had 11.
"I thought they came in well prepared and played very aggressive," Rahe said. "They were ready to play."
The Lumberjacks confused the Wildcats in the first half by shifting defenses, he said.
"I thought we were a little bit off in our urgency, in our edge that we normally have. We weren't quite as emotionally invested as we had been. We were moving a little slower than we normally move; obviously we're going to have to get that energy back for the next game."
WSU will play its third game of the week Saturday when Sacramento State visits the Purple Palace.
Weber State won for the first time this season when being outshot from the floor, with the Lumberjacks edging the Wildcats 50.0 percent to 49.0 on Thursday.
NAU's defensive changeups from first-year coach Jack Murphy weren't enough to fool Weber State for a full game.
"They were changing their defenses almost every time down the court," Rahe said. "They were playing some man, they were playing a 1-3-1 zone, they played a 2-3 zone. I think they actually jumped into a box-and-one on one possession, then we saw some different full court presses.
"The second half we executed things much better, handled it when they did switch their defenses. I thought they were more comfortable."
Tresnak, a Scottsdale, Ariz., native, hit 10 of 19 from the floor to top his previous career-high of 22 points, a total he reached the first time in a contest against Northern Arizona last season.
Tresnak also grabbed eight rebounds but denied having any extra motivation against a team from his home state.
"Just a coincidence," he said. "Nothing I really want to prove. I'll go out and play as hard as I can every game; it just happened to be the same team twice."
Bolomboy went 9 for 9 from the free throw line and provided a series of windmill blocks to pump up the crowd of 6,077 at the Dee Events Center.
"I have great teammates, good coaches. They're all pushing me to get huge stops and it gets us going," Bolomboy said.
His five blocks were the most in a game for a Weber State player since Darin Mahoney in 2010.
WSU finished the first half on a 7-0 run to take a 37-31 lead that could have been more if Berry had ricocheted in a halfcourt shot at the buzzer that was on line but a little high.