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Wildcats hoping to end losing streak to Cougars

Wildcats hoping to end losing streak to Cougars



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PROVO -- Weber State will be looking to capitalize off of the momentum from their win over Western State when they take on BYU Friday night in Provo.

The odds are against the Wildcats, who have never won a game in the Marriott Center (0-17).

The Wildcats don't think that this will be an easy game. "We aren't good enough to just show up and expect good things to happen," said Randy Rahe. "We need to work hard on every possession, concentrate mentally and be aggressive."

The Wildcats were able to show some aggressive defense against Western State in the second half. The defense allowed the Wildcat shooters to get good looks, shooting 57 percent for the game. The Wildcats will be looking to build their confidence even more with a big win down in Provo.

"We are going to go down there and compete," said Damian Lillard. "That's all we can do." The Wildcats are still a little upset from their meeting with BYU last year at the Dee Events Center. "I'm sure everyone has it in the back of their heads what they did to us, and we are not going to let it happen again."

Weber State will have to try to play against BYU's big men without Darin Mahoney. Mahoney, who has been bothered by a calf injury, sat out against Western State and coach Rahe said he would sit out against BYU.

"We need to get him to a 100 percent. Darin has not been playing as well as he can because he isn't 100 percent. He wants to be out there, he'd play through anything, but we are going to force him to sit out for a while until we get that cleared up."

BYU will be looking to keep their home winning streak against Weber alive by playing tough defense. BYU has been walking into the locker room at halftime with an average lead of 17.8 points this season. The Cougar defense is also forcing opponents to only shoot 35.3 percent from the field.

Tough defense and forcing turnovers turns into offense for BYU, as the Cougars have been able to force 73 turnovers and score 116 points in their four game. They don't just score from turnovers as the Cougars are shooting 49 percent from the field.

""They can shoot. They can defend. They can rebound and they don't turn it over. This might be their best all-around team under Coach Rose," said Rahe. "They are scary to watch on film."

Coach Rahe is looking forward to the match up. "It's going to be a great challenge, we are just going to embrace it, play hard, and see what we can do."

If the Wildcats can continue to play strong defense, and shoot the ball like they did in the second half against Western State, they may have a chance to break their winless streak at the Marriott Center.

Tip off is set for 7:30 p.m. in Provo.

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