Hot-shooting Weber State tops Montana State 96-88

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OGDEN (wire services) — Three players scored 17 points apiece and a fourth scored 16 and all five starters reached double figures as hot-shooting Weber State knocked Montana State out of the ranks of the Big Sky unbeatens with a 96-88 victory Thursday night.

Seikou Sisoho Jawara, Dontay Bassett and Isiah Brown each scored 17 points and Zahir Porter added 16 as the Wildcats (10-4, 5-2 Big Sky) shot at a 68% clip in the second half. Cody Carlson scored 10 points with seven rebounds.

The Bobcats led 45-43 at halftime but Weber State opened the second half on a 9-2 run and didn't slow down en route to snapping Montana State's seven-game win streak.

"That was not our best defense tonight, and I think a lot of it had to do with them," Weber State coach Randy Rahe said. "I think we might've underestimated how athletic and fast they were.

"We're going to have to make some adjustments defensively tomorrow. But credit to them; they played their best offensive game of the year … Tomorrow's going to have to be a day we make a few adjustments, and we're going to have to defend a lot better on Saturday."

Weber State made 38-of-60 field goals for 63% shooting, 21-of-31 after halftime.

Abdul Mohamed had 18 points for the Bobcats (9-4, 6-1).

Jubrile Belo added 17 points, Amin Adamu and Xavier Bishop each had 15 points, and Tyler Patterson and Borja Fernandez scored 10 apiece.

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