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OGDEN — A second half run lifted Weber State to its first win of the season, a 72-55 victory over San Jose State Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
WSU held a 30-22 lead at halftime and led by 10 early in the second half when the Spartans went on a 13-3 run and took their first lead since early in the game at 45-42 with 11:00 to play. From there Weber State posted a 16-0 run over the next 5:30 minutes to take a 13 point lead and would never look back. Davion Berry had nine of WSU's 16 points during that run.
"Our team felt a lot of pressure to get that first win and I was really proud of how they responded tonight," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "When San Jose State came back and took the lead on us, I thought we got a little tougher and really responded well to their run. Getting that first win is always tough but I thought we had some good contributions from a lot of people tonight and it was a really nice team effort."
For the game the Wildcats shot 47 percent from the field, compared to just 32 percent for San Jose State, who fell to 2-6 on the season. WSU also had just six turnovers and had four steals and 15 assists.
The Spartans outrebounded the Wildcats 42-34 and the Weber State struggled at the free throw line, shooting 19-33 for 57 percent shooting.
For the second straight game senior Davion Berry led the Wildcats with 20 points to go along with six assists and two steals. Freshman Richaud Gittens had a season-high with 10 points and Royce Williams added nine. Joel Bolomboy had eight rebounds and a team-high 11 rebounds.
"It feels good to get our first win but that isn't our mission," Berry said. "Our mission is to get better every day and keep working on the things we need to work on and we did that tonight. But it is always nice to get that first win."
The win gives the Wildcats a 1-3 mark on the season. The ‘Cats will now hit the road for their next two games, playing at UT Arlington next Saturday and at Utah Valley on Dec. 11.