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Weber State basketball blistered in 1st half again, loses 87-65 to Wright State to end Vegas 4

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | Nov 23, 2022

Kyzer Armendariz, for WSU Athletics

Weber State forward Dillon Jones dribbles up court against Wright State in the Vegas 4 event Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022, in Henderson, Nev.

Weber State men’s basketball finished its three-game run at the Vegas 4 multi-team event Wednesday in Henderson, Nevada, taking on a Wright State team with a win over Louisville that is expected to compete for the Horizon League title.

Things started well enough for WSU but ultimately, the Wildcats were caught in a track meet only the Raiders could win.

Weber State saw a first-half lead evaporate on a ridiculous 24-2 run in a span of only 7 minutes that put Wright State head 52-32 at halftime, and the Raiders went on to win 87-65.

UC Riverside went 3-0 in the event, Wright State was 2-1, Weber 1-2 and Abilene Christian 0-3.

Steven Verplancken Jr. led Weber State (2-4) in scoring for the second straight day, tallying 17 points. He knocked down three early 3-pointers and helped Weber withstand a barrage of midrange jumpers from Wright State guards Tyler Calvin and Amari Davis to build a 22-17 lead with 10:57 left in the first half.

That’s when Calvin, Davis and forward Brandon Noel went to work. The Raiders scored at will for the rest of the half, totaling 22 points in the paint and shooting 22 of 30 in the half. Calvin, Wright State’s star guard, was 7 of 8 from the field for 14 points in the first half. He only took one more shot the rest of the game.

Noel scored 23 points to lead a contingent of five Raiders in double figures. Calvin added 10 assists and Wright State assisted 30 of 37 field goals.

Verplancken shot 5 of 9 from the field and 3 of 5 from deep. KJ Cunnigham scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting behind the arc. Junior Ballard scored 10 points. Keith Dinwiddie Jr. added nine points, four assists and three rebounds.

Dillon Jones returned to action after sitting due to coach’s decision Tuesday. Dyson Koehler started at forward, tallying five points and two rebounds, but Jones played 29 minutes, totaling nine points and six rebounds.

Jones, Dinwiddie, Ballard and Zahir Porter combined to shoot 10 of 40 from the floor. Weber State assisted a solid 14 of 20 field goals but simply could not make enough shots to keep up with the red-hot Raiders after the halftime hole.

Weber State allowed 50 points to UC Riverside, 40 to Abilene Christian and 52 to Wright State in the first half of each game played at Vegas 4.

Weber State returns to action Tuesday, Nov. 29, in a trip to Tarleton State.


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