The Grizzlies Men’s basketball team beat Weber State 72-37 Thursday night.
Montana Guard, Sayeed Pridgett, led both teams in scoring with 25 points on 11-17 shooting. The Griz haven't held a team to only 37 points since November 2010.
Weber State’s all-time leading scoring leader Jerrick Harding was ruled out of the game just before tip-off.
“You have to take advantage of every opportunity you have, and we prepared ourselves to win this game, obviously it would’ve been a lot different with Jerrick, no disrespect to him and their program. It’s unfortunate guys have injuries,” head coach Travis DeCuire said.
Right from the jump, the Griz defense was noticeably on their game more than the last few games played at Dahlberg Arena. They deflected balls left and right, spoke to each other defensively, and contested any shot that went up into the air.
With 9:12 left in the first half, guard Kendal Manuel threw down a great dunk on top of a Weber State defender. Dahlburg burst into a standing ovation and a timeout was called by the Wildcats. This basket was also Kendal’s 999th and 1000th point of his college career. He finished the game with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
“I guess I just had my adrenaline going and I felt more confident after that Idaho game,” Manuel said. ”It being my 1000th point is something I will never forget.”
This play was a huge momentum swing for the Griz. With just under two minutes left in the 1st, guard Timmy Falls threw a behind-the-back pass to Sayeed Pridgett for another dunk. This pushed the team into the locker room with high spirits.
Nothing changed in the second half as Montana continued to make shots and put pressure on the defensive end. The team led a 34-8 run in the second half and were able to stretch their bench out tonight by playing 10 different players.
Weber State’s leading scorer was Dmia Zdor, who had 9 points on 2-4 shooting with five free throws.
The Griz have improved their conference record to 11-3 on the season and currently hold the top spot in the Big Sky.
Montana will have another home game in Dahlberg Arena on Saturday when they take on Idaho state at 7 p.m.