OGDEN -- The Thunderbirds came ready to rumble but the 'Cats had answers.
Davion Berry scored 21 points and Scott Bamforth and Jordan Richardson each added 15 as Weber State defeated Southern Utah 75-58 Saturday at the Dee Events Center.
In an in-state rivalry brawl between one of the hottest teams in the Big Sky and one of the hottest shooting teams in the country, shooting won.
Weber State, which came into the game fourth in the nation in both field goal percentage and 3-point percentage, hit 53.2 percent from the field and 11 of 19 from beyond the arc to snap Southern Utah's five game winning streak, its longest in 11 years.
The Wildcats (16-5, 11-2 Big Sky) held the Thunderbirds (10-13, 8-6) to a season-low 29.1 percent from the field, building as much as a 24-point lead in the second half.
"Weber was more physical than us tonight, they were tougher than we were and defensively they took us out of some of our sets. They made us put it on the floor and did a nice job of contesting the rebounds," Southern Utah coach Nick Robinson said. "A lot of credit to Weber, their defensive effort, especially during that (second-half) run. We've just got to get mentally and physically tougher in order to compete."
SUU waited all of 13 seconds to commit its first foul of the game but sent the Wildcats to the free throw line only 23 times compared to 49 in their previous meeting. Despite fewer fouls, there was still plenty of friction between the two squads in another rough-and-tumble contest featuring three technicals and a warning for Robinson.
The Thunderbirds came rolling in with two of the top three scorers in the Big Sky, Australian point guard Damon Heuir (averaging 16.8 points per game) and Davis High product Jackson Stevenett (16.7 ppg).
Stevenett, a senior shooting guard from Kaysville, scored a game-high 24 points and Heuir contributed 18, combining to go 22 of 27 from the free throw line, but they didn't get much help. Guard Jordan Johnson, one of four Utah natives in SUU's starting lineup, was their next highest scorer with six points.
"We just talked about it with our guys," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "We've got to do a great job on these two, but we can't ignore the other ones.
"We had to keep their percentage down on Stevenett and Heuir. They're going to shoot a lot of balls, that's what they do, we just can't have them shoot a high percentage. They shoot a high percentage, they're going to be tough to beat. I thought we did a pretty good job of that."
Stevenett and Heuir combined to go 9 of 27 from the field while WSU also outrebounded the top rebounding school in the Big Sky, 39-33.
Richardson, the junior point guard from Lewisville, Texas, tied his season-high with 15 points.
"We know (the Thunderbirds) won five in a row so they were going to come out more physical than last time. We were ready for them," he said.
WSU took control in the second half, including a 9-0 run capped by a monstrous reverse dunk by freshman forward Joel Bolomboy that gave Weber State a 20-point advantage with 9:33 to go.
Berry's 3-pointer and the foul for a four-point play and a 65-43 lead all but sealed the win.
The Wildcats' 11 3-pointers Saturday tied their season-high against a Division I opponent.
Berry, who was called for a technical foul in the first half after getting tangled up in a scuffle, retaliated by hitting a trio of treys in the first half, as did Bamforth, while WSU went 7 of 10 from deep to lead 39-31 at the break.
Berry said he wanted to apologize to his teammates for the technical, but he continued to attack the basket.
"I just wanted to come out and be aggressive after that, just take the opportunities that I was given," he said.
The junior college transfer from Oakland, Calif., reached double digits for the fifth straight game, his longest streak of the season.
Saturday's win marked the Wildcats' third straight victory and was the first of a stretch of four games in eight days. Up next is Idaho State on Monday.