Weber State Drops Close Contest With Eastern Washington

Jan 28, 2023, 5:37 PM | Updated: Jan 30, 2023, 1:19 pm

CHENEY, Washington – The Weber State Wildcats went on the road to Reese Court to take on the Eastern Washington Eagles on Saturday.

The Wildcats last game was an 8-point road win against the Idaho Vandals, 73-65. The Eagles last game was a convincing home win against the Idaho State Bengals, 81-68.

The Wildcats had a tough matchup ahead of them. The Eagles were undefeated at home, 8-0, heading into the game against Weber State.

First Half

Dillon Jones opened up scoring for the Wildcats with a driving layup.

All five starters scored for Eastern Washington early on. Steven Verplancken Jr. hit scored on two-straight possessions to keep the game close.

Junior Ballard made a three to drop the lead to 2.

Both teams went on to trade baskets with little defensive pressure for a good stretch of the first half. EWU maintained a multi-possession lead for much of the half.

Angelo Allegri was on fire for the Eagles all night. He led an efficient Eagles attack.

Zahir Porter hit a three at the end of the first half to bring the Wildcats a little closer.

The score was 32-27 at halftime.

Second Half

Weber State came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. They roared out of the break on a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game.

Cedric Coward then made two-straight layups to tie the game at 36.

Angelo Allegri then scored or assisted on 10-straight points for the Eagles.

Dillon Jones picked up his pace in the second half after only scoring 4 points in the first.

Junior Ballard got a 4-point play opportunity on the Wildcats next possession.

The final stretch was intense on Reese Court. Neither team held a lead larger than 6 in the final ten minutes.

Angelo Allegri continued to torch Weber State. He finished with 28 for the game on 10/12 shooting.

Steven Verplancken Jr. answered with a 3-pointer on the other end.

The Wildcats offense had no struggles, but they couldn’t get a stop in the final minutes.

The Wildcats lose to the Eagles on the road, 75-71.

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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