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Weber State men’s basketball takes on Colorado State in road game

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Nov 13, 2022

Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Weber State players, from left, Handje Tamba, Keith Dinwiddie Jr., Steven Verplancken Jr., Dillon Jones and Junior Ballard huddle during a game against Western Colorado on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022, at the Dee Events Center in Ogden.

Weber State men’s basketball begins a stretch of five games away from home with a Monday night matchup at Colorado State.

Weber State is 1-1 so far this season with a 17-point road loss at Washington and a 16-point home win over Western Colorado in a game WSU led by as much as 25.

Third-year forward Dillon Jones leads Weber State by averaging 14.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Guards Junior Ballard (11.5) and Steven Verplancken Jr. (11) are also averaging double-digit scoring, with Verplancken’s 40% 3-point shooting leading the team from behind the arc.

Sophomore center Alex Tew returned from a minor ankle injury that caused him to miss WSU’s exhibition and opener, totaling four points and two rebounds in 11 minutes against Western Colorado. Tew’s perimeter defense against ball screens helps lift the Wildcats’ defensive profile.

Colorado State is 2-0 with wins that were perhaps closer than expected. The Rams trailed Gardner Webb by 11 at halftime of their season-opener before rallying to win 65-63. Then CSU gave up 30 points to Southeastern Louisiana in the final 10 minutes of the first half Thursday before rallying to win 80-69.

Colorado State is 33 of 59 (56%) on two-pointers this season and has allowed opponents to shoot 19 of 49 (39%) from the 3-point line.

John Tonje, a 6-foot-5 guard, leads Colorado State in scoring (14.5 points per game) and rebounding (5) so far this season while shooting 5 of 10 from the 3-point line. Division II graduate transfer forward Patrick Cartier averages 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, while 6-foot-5 guard Isaiah Rivera adds 12 points and five rebounds per game.

Weber State is 5-2 all-time against CSU, though the Rams are 2-1 in Fort Collins.

The game tips off at 7 p.m. and can be watched via online stream through the Mountain West Network app or in a browser at themw.com/watch.

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