Recap: Weber State vs. Utah Valley U
Ogden, UT (Sports Network) - Led by 21 points from Damian Lillard, the Weber State Wildcats defeated the Utah Valley University Wolverines, 72-69, in the first round of the 2012 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament at the Dee Events Center.
For the Wildcats (25-6), Scott Bamforth added 16 points.
Isiah Williams led the Wolverines (20-13) with 26 points, while Ben Aird finished with 13 points, Keith Thompson chipped in 10 points and Geddes Robinson pulled down 11 rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the floor to open the contest. Utah Valley shot just 42.9 percent from the floor, while Weber State made only 39.3 percent of its field goals, as the teams entered halftime knotted at 29-29.
Both teams shot very well after the break. Weber State connected on 56.3 percent of its shots from the field, while Utah Valley hit on 54.2 percent of its attempts from the floor. The Wildcats opened the second half on a 20-7 run to lead by 13 points midway through the second half. Utah Valley was looking at a nine-point deficit with 3:31 to play, but their 9-0 run tied the scored at 66-66 with 1:41 remaining. The Wildcats made 3-of-4 from the free throw line to push their lead back to three. A potential game-tying three- pointer at the buzzer by the Wolverines was off the mark, as the Wildcats held on for the victory.
Weber State scored 17 points off of 17 Utah Valley turnovers. The Wolverines had the edge on points in the paint, 30-22.Game Notes