OGDEN — If you hadn’t seen Brekkott Chapman turn his ankle in the first half, you’d have no idea how to tell he wasn’t quite playing at 100 percent.
The senior from Roy extended a stretch of what is now six games of exceptional play with his best performance yet, totaling 17 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals as Weber State sprinted away from Northern Arizona for a 77-52 win Thursday night at the Dee Events Center.
“You just keep going. Everybody who plays basketball turns an ankle,” Chapman said. “You go home, get an ice bucket and be on your way. You just keep going.”
Chapman began a sequence early in the second half that completed the game’s turn from a battle to a blowout.
With 15:02 left, he feigned a handoff at the perimeter with a hesitation dribble, turned the corner past his defender and dunked with two hands on NAU’s Chris Bowling, who was whistled for a foul.
He made his free throw, then rebounded a Bowling miss and passed to Doc Nelson, who threw a lob to Zach Braxton in transition that the latter thundered home.
“That was cool but Brekkott bodied somebody. That was better,” Braxton said. “The lob was fun, Doc’s a great passer. He put it right on the money.”
After a timeout, Jerrick Harding beat Northern Arizona down the floor in transition to score while fouled. That sequence gave Weber State a 51-30 advantage and ended a run of 20-3 in the half and an extended run of 37-10.
“I see his look in practice, he’s ready to go. I see his look before games, he’s ready to go,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said about Chapman. “He’s playing with a bunch of confidence and he should. He’s playing really well.”
Chapman is averaging 15.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest in the last six games.
That sequence left WSU’s cold first half, which it finished leading 31-27, as a distant memory. Despite finishing 3 of 23 from deep, Weber State (9-5, 3-0 Big Sky) shot 31 of 64 (48 percent) for the game.
“I was really proud of the kids tonight because that first half, we couldn’t get anything to fall,” Rahe said. “We had open looks and they weren’t going in ... we kept guarding and guarding and guarding when shots weren’t falling.
“Sometimes, lesser teams, if the ball’s not going in, they quit guarding. They get discouraged. We didn’t do that.”
Northern Arizona (3-10, 1-2) finished shooting 18 of 58 (31 percent), including 5 of 24 from deep, and its 52 points is a low for any WSU opponent this season.
Harding and Cody John added 14 points apiece for Weber State, which earned a victory in Randy Rahe’s 400th career game. Braxton added 12 points and Israel Barnes scored nine.
WSU finishes the homestand by hosting Southern Utah (5-7, 0-3) at 7 p.m. Saturday.