Friday , November 17, 2017 - 8:35 PM
Sophomore guard Jerrick Harding and senior guard Ryan Richardson combined for 58 points against Iona in Weber State’s opening game of The Islands of the Bahamas Showcase, but it wasn’t enough to counter a turnover-laden performance as the Wildcats fell 80-72 to the Gaels.
Harding scored a career-high 31 points to lead all scorers and recorded a team-high four assists.
Richardson’s career-high 27 points came on 14 shots, including 5-of-8 shooting from 3-point range.
The Wildcats (2-1) committed 18 turnovers that led to 27 Iona points.
“We knew what we were going to see in the press and everything that they do,” WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. “We probably practiced it too much, to be honest with you. But there’s no way to simulate those kind of athletes in our practice. We just don’t have those.”
Iona’s bench outscored Weber State’s bench 23-0. Senior center Zach Braxton added six points for WSU while being double-teamed most of the game.
Iona (1-2) applied a full-court press from the beginning and pressured the Wildcats into several bad decisions.
The result was a deficit as high as 13 in the first half and a halftime score of 40-30 in favor of the Gaels. Weber State was held scoreless for the last 2:19 of the period.
The Wildcats came out hot with a 15-3 run to start the second half, erasing the deficit for a 45-43 lead.
“I thought the first half shocked us a little bit, got us out of whack,” Rahe said. “When we got settled in there, I thought we played pretty well at the first of the second half.”
The two-point advantage was short lived, however. Iona took advantage of more turnovers to fuel a 28-7 run for the biggest lead of the night at 71-52.
Brekkott Chapman spent most of the night on the bench with foul trouble after picking up his fourth foul early in the second half.
Weber State didn’t quit and cut the lead to eight down the stretch.
Chapman and Michal Kozak each scored four points. Kozak added 10 rebounds and Braxton totaled eight, while Harding added five rebounds and four assists to his high-point night.
VERMONT 65, BRADLEY 64: Vermont hit a free throw with two seconds left to edge past Bradley in the tournament opener. Trae Bell-Haynes hit the winning freebie and had 14 points.
COASTAL CAROLINA 83, UTSA 69: The Chanticleers had no problem defeating the Roadrunners as three Coastal Carolina players led the way with 14 points.
NORTHERN KENTUCKY 87, JAMES MADISON 78: Northern Kentucky led by as many as 23 and held off James Madison. Lavone Holland II led NKU with 24 points.
9 a.m. — Bradley vs. UTSA
Noon — Weber State vs. James Madison
3 p.m. — Vermont vs. Coastal Carolina
6 p.m. — Iona vs. Northern Kentucky
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