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Weber State basketball: Wildcats roll past Black Hills State in exhibition game

Zach Braxton (front-center) dunks. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in Weber State's exhibition win Saturday.
Zach Braxton (front-center) dunks. He had 10 points and nine rebounds in Weber State's exhibition win Saturday.
Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Nine players scored at least eight points as Weber State rolled to an 88-47 win over Black Hills State in an exhibition game Saturday at the Dee Events Center.

Weber State led 14-9 with 8:09 left in the first half, when the ‘Cats closed the half on an 18-5 run to take a 32-14 lead at halftime. Black Hills State was never closer than 16 points the rest of the way, and Weber State led by as many as 44 points.

“I was pleased with our effort, especially defensively,” Weber State head coach Randy Rahe said. “We only gave up three 3-pointers and we guarded the ball really well. We didn’t get sloppy when the game got out of control and continued to play hard and tough. Overall, I was pleased that we got to play some different lineups and spread the offense around.”

The Wildcats shot 56 percent from the field and held the Yellow Jackets to 28 percent, including 3-of-12 shooting from 3-point land. WSU knocked down 11 3-pointers and had 17 assists and eight blocks, while outrebounding BHSU, 39-31.

Four Wildcats had 10 points each with Zach Braxton scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Senior Jeremy Senglin added 10 as did Richaud Gittens and Dusty Baker, who was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field. Cody John, McKay Cannon and freshman Jerrick Harding all had nine points, while Kyndahl Hill and freshman Jordan Dallas each had eight.

Black Hills State, a Division II team out of Spearfish, South Dakota, was led by Zach McLemore with 12 points, while Max Mueller had eight points and 11 rebounds.

WSU outscored the Yellow Jackets, 34-10, in the paint and had 20 points off the 18 BHSU turnovers.

Weber State will begin the 2016-17 regular season next Friday, Nov. 11, when the Wildcats host Antelope Valley, before heading on the road for games at Pepperdine and Stanford.

Paul Grua is the Director of Athletic Communications at Weber State University.