GREELEY, Colo. -- Weber State has only one item left on the agenda to wrap up its four-game business trip.
After starting the second half of the Big Sky Conference regular season with a win, now the Wildcats are aiming to start a winning streak as they face Northern Colorado tonight.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m. at Butler-Hancock Pavilion.
After tonight, Weber State (14-5, 9-2 Big Sky) will have played eight of its first 12 league games on the road and can look forward to finishing out the season with six of its last eight conference games in the friendly confines of the Dee Events Center.
First, however, the 'Cats have to contend with the Bears (6-13, 4-7), who hit a season-high 15 3-pointers Thursday night in a 78-63 win over Idaho State.
"When you shoot like that, it covers up for a lot of mistakes and makes it a lot harder for people to reach you," Northern Colorado coach BJ Hill told campus newpaper The Mirror. "We've been capable of having a night like that for a long time, but it just hasn't come together."
The Bears were 15 of 21 from deep (71.4 percent) as they set a school record for most 3s in a game, gunning away against Idaho State's zone defense.
UNC is unlikely to have as many opportunities to bomb away from deep tonight.
Taking away the 3 has been a defensive point of emphasis for Weber State this season, which is limiting opponents to just 26.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. More importantly, opponents have only tried 59 treys against WSU's defense this year, 44 fewer than the closest Big Sky school.
Two Oakland products, junior forward Davion Berry and senior forward Frank "Mook" Otis, combined for 41 points in Weber State's 66-51 win over North Dakota on Thursday.
"We're just staying hungry," Berry said. "Last week was an eye-opener for us when we dropped two, so we're on edge every game now. We've got to play with a lot of alertness, toughness and togetherness."
Rahe said he wasn't aware that he had never lost three consecutive conference games, but the Wildcats wouldn't let Thursday become the first time.
"We had a tough weekend (last week) against two teams that were red hot and we came in here and played against a North Dakota team that I thought was pretty red hot. No matter what the situation, we just had to find a way," he said. "We had to grind one out, we had to get tough, we had to man up ... We knew it wasn't going to be pretty, it wasn't going to be a work of art, we just had to find a way."
The victory against UND was the first step to redeeming WSU's four-game road stretch across the wilds of Montana, North Dakota and Colorado.
It also keeps Weber State within striking distance of league-leader Montana should the Grizzlies stumble.
"Anytime you win it helps," Rahe said. "We've painted ourselves into a little corner. Like I told the guys, we did it to ourselves so now we have no choice. We have to play with an incredible edge, hunger and urgency every night out if you want to try and fight your way back. We have no choice but to play a certain way; if we do, we'll give ourselves a chance in a lot of ballgames and if we don't, we can't win. That's where we're at and we have to keep that same mindset all the way through."