Weber State Survives Idaho Comeback, Wins On Road

Jan 26, 2023, 8:59 PM | Updated: Jan 27, 2023, 10:06 am

MOSCOW, Idaho – The Weber State Wildcats travelled to the ICCU Arena to take on the Idaho Vandals on Thursday.

The Wildcats are coming off of a gritty two-point victory over the Sacramento State Hornets, 50-48. The Vandals last game was a 6-point road loss to the Northern Colorado Bears, 73-67.

Dillon Jones led Weber State to two wins last week, securing their first even record since the second game of the year.

First Half

The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead, 7-0, with efficient offense.

Weber State made 6 of their first 7 shots while holding Idaho to 3/8 in the same stretch.

The Wildcats made all of their first three 3-point attempts.

Weber jumped out to an early double-digit lead, 24-12.

Shooting was a big factor in the lead. The Wildcats shot 67% from the field and 63% from three in the first half.

Handje Tamba had a highlight two-hand slam late in the first half.

Steven Verplancken Jr. was the leading scorer, 10, for the Wildcats in the first half. The score at halftime was 38-22.

Second Half

Dillon Jones came out of halftime and scored four quick points for the Wildcats.

Shots began dropping for the Vandals in the second half.

Steven Verplancken Jr. and Dillon Jones led the attack for Weber State.

Ten minutes into the second half, the Idaho Vandals went on a run to cut the lead in half.

With 7 minutes left in the game, Idaho cut the lead down to single digits, 60-51.

The Wildcats came back on the other end and took the double-digit lead right back.

With just over two minutes remaining, the Vandals scored 5 quick points to drop the lead all the way down to six, 66-60.

Dillon Jones showed why he is the reigning Big Sky player of the week with a strong take to the basket.

Idaho guard Trey Smith hit a pull-up three to make it 70-65.

After multiple free throw line trips in the final 30 seconds, the Wildcat’s walked out of Moscow with a win. The final score was 73-65.

Chandler Holt is a Digital Sports Producer for, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter at @ChandlerHoltKSL.

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