Weber State vs. Montana: Full Game Preview

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Weber State vs. Montana: Full Game Preview
Weber State
(26-5, 10-4 away)
Montana
(24-6, 14-1 home)
Venue: Dahlberg Arena
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Weber State D Berry 15.3 J Bolomboy 7.5 D Berry 3.6
Montana M Ward 14.8 K Jamar 6.0 W Cherry 4.2

Montana squares off against Weber State in the championship of the Big Sky Tournament at Dahlberg Arena on Saturday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN U. The Grizzlies fell to the Wildcats 87-63 on Feb. 14 and are 7-6 against them over the last four years.

In a 70-56 triumph over Northern Colorado on Mar. 15, Will Cherry put up 21 points for the Grizzlies. With 4.2 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Wildcats, Scott Bamforth finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in the 76-74 win over North Dakota on Mar. 15. He contributes 3.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.2 points per game. Weber State will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: effective field goal percentage at 57.4 and defensive rebounding percentage at 73.8.

Weber State StatSmack

  • Montana has come back to win after being down at half against Weber State seven times since 2003.
  • The Montana assist leader (Kareem Jamar, 119 assists) has more assists than the Weber State assist leader (Davion Berry, 104 assists).
  • Montana has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (62.9 percent to 59.7 percent).
  • Montana has an average margin of victory of 9 over Weber State in 36 wins since 1980.
  • The Montana basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Weber State (78 percent vs. 67 percent).
  • Kareem Jamar is ranked 6th in the Big Sky in points and 3rd in the Big Sky in assists.
  • Montana is ranked higher than Weber State in the Big Sky (No. 1 vs. No. 2).
  • Montana has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Weber State (four vs. two).
  • Montana has a better record in close games than Weber State this season (7-2 vs. 4-3).
  • Montana has a stronger schedule than Weber State this season (SOS Rank: No. 292 vs. No. 317).
WEBER Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Davion Berry 32 15 4 4 1 0 2
B- Scott Bamforth 30 13 4 3 1 0 1
C+ Kyle Tresnak 24 12 6 0 1 1 1
C+ Frank Otis 23 9 6 1 1 1 1
C+ Joel Bolomboy 22 7 8 0 0 2 2
C J. Richardson 26 8 2 3 0 0 1
C- G. Wheelwright 22 7 2 2 0 0 2
D+ Byron Fulton 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Wayne Bradford 5 1 1 1 0 0 1
D James Hajek 11 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Royce Williams 10 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Logan Foster 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
UM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B Kareem Jamar 0 14 6 4 1 1 3
B Will Cherry 33 13 4 4 2 0 3
B- Mathias Ward 32 15 4 1 0 0 2
C Jordan Gregory 27 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Spencer Coleman 22 8 4 1 1 0 1
C Keron DeShields 22 7 2 2 1 0 1
C Michael Weisner 21 6 2 1 0 0 1
D+ Eric Hutchison 15 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Kevin Henderson 12 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Andy Martin 8 2 1 0 0 1 0
D Jake Wiley 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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