OGDEN — Weber State getting a win against Montana Tech really wasn't in question. Rather, the Wildcats sought improvement in the little things — offensive rebounds, assist-to-turnover ratio, defensive field-goal percentage.
"Our goal was to make them shoot 40 percent or less," Weber State coach Joe Cravens said after the 82-51 rout, "so I'm not too happy about that."
But WSU moved to 3-0 heading into Saturday's game with Utah in Ogden.
The Wildcats had five players score in double figures and all 10 players stepping onto the floor scored. WSU outrebounded the 'Diggers 40-23, had a 14-7 assist-to-turnover ratio and had 19 offensive rebounds in the win.
Terrell Stovall led all scorers with 13 points as Coric Riggs, Clint Burris, Dan Henry and Brett Cox each cracked double digits. No Wildcat played more than 25 minutes as Cravens took full advantage of his bench.
"I just wanted to come out and get a little bit better tonight," Cravens said. "And we did that. Now we just have to take that and start getting ready for Utah."
The Wildcats actually had a game on their hands for the first 10 minutes or so of the contest. Montana Tech came out firing from long range hoping to hit enough 3-pointers to hang with WSU. In fact, the NAIA Orediggers held a 15-12 lead six minutes into the game behind the hot shooting.
That didn't last long, though, as the Orediggers lost their accuracy and Weber State asserted itself on the low post.
A 27-6 rally was all the Wildcats needed in the first half to remind their visitors just what the game was supposed to be — a win for the home squad and a pat on the back for the tuneup opponent as they boarded the bus back to Montana.