OGDEN — Brekkott Chapman could hardly miss, each half began with a massive run and Weber State took care of business Tuesday at the Dee Events Center by defeating Benedictine University 100-61 in a post-Thanksgiving tune up before welcoming BYU to town Saturday.
Chapman shot 6 of 7 from the 3-point line for a game-high 18 points, adding five rebounds, four assists and three blocks. It was Weber’s first game in nine days after wrapping up the Junkanoo Jam in The Bahamas.
“It feels good ... to get back in the flow of things before we play a really good team in BYU,” Chapman said.
Zach Braxton pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds and added eight points.
Weber State (4-2) began the first half on a 25-6 run and Chapman got going with a pair of consecutive 3s to put the Wildcats ahead 36-11 with six minutes left in the first half.
“After that third (3-pointer), I was like ‘alright, I need to shoot some more, test it out,’” Chapman said with a chuckle.
But Benedictine — an NAIA school from Mesa, Arizona — answered with a 14-9 run to close the half, making it 45-25.
“I knew that first half was going to be — we didn’t have a lot of rhythm. We had to get back into game mode, that’s why we scheduled this game when we did,” head coach Randy Rahe said. “Second half, I thought we played a lot better. We got the ball moving, we experimented with a few things defensively and the kids did a good job with that. It definitely served its purpose.”
In a span of about one minute early in the second half, Jerrick Harding hit a spinning layup and then a 3, then Chapman hit a 3 to balloon WSU’s lead to 64-29. The Wildcats used a 26-8 run out of halftime to put the game away.
Harding finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Cody John and Israel Barnes each scored 11, with John dishing five assists.
Brenden Morris scored five points late, including a 3-pointer that gave Weber the 100 mark.
The Wildcats move on to host BYU on Saturday, Dec. 1. That game tips at 7 p.m. and will air on KJZZ TV.
“We love the in-state games,” Rahe said. “We’re fortunate to have BYU coming in here to play us Saturday on our home court. It’s a great opportunity for us and we should have a really good crowd against a really good BYU team.”