How to beat MSU basketball team
By AP reporter Jonathan J. StewartThe MSU men’s basketball team beat the Weber State Wildcats 91-90 on Monday night to improve to 5-0 in league play.
The win was the third straight by MSU in the past six games.
The Wolverines also beat No. 7 Arizona State in the conference championship game.
The victory gives MSU a 2-0 record against Weber State this season.
Weber State (10-2) was coming off a 105-90 victory over Florida Atlantic on Monday.
The Eagles were coming off back-to-back losses to Texas Southern and Louisiana-Monroe.
The game was tied at 71 when sophomore guard Andrew Kwon broke out for 20 points.
Kwon finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Freshman forward Andrew Niehaus scored 18 points and senior guard Brandon Jones added 13.
MSU shot 59 percent and led by as many as 17 in the first half.
Weber St. (8-6) shot 38 percent for the game.
Junior forward Zach Koehler had a career-high 26 points.
He is averaging 11.8 points per game.
Weber is also coming off an 80-65 loss at Utah State on Jan. 10.
It is the first time the Eagles have lost to MSU since an 81-73 loss in the season opener.
Weber shot 51 percent for its biggest margin of defeat since it won 79-63 at Minnesota on Dec. 19, 2000.
Weber will be without two players – freshman guard Chase Smith and sophomore guard Justin Thompson – who were suspended in that game for the incident.
Smith has been suspended for the rest of the season.
Thompson was also suspended for two games and will be out indefinitely.
Smith and Thompson will miss two games, and sophomore forward Andrew W. Miller will miss one game with a lower back injury.
Weber was coming out of a 1-6 start and had lost three of its previous four games.
Weber entered the contest ranked No. 3 in the country in scoring (26.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.3 rpg).
It was also ranked No, 14 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Weber played well in the opening half, outscoring MSU 15-0, and its bench outscored MSU 20-8.
Weber’s first seven shots were on 3-pointers.
Weber opened the second half on a 10-2 run, capped by a layup by sophomore guard Matt Jones.
Weber led 16-8 and extended its lead to 12 early in the third quarter, when it outscaled MSU 16-3.
The Wildcats then made 10 of their next 12 shots from the free throw line.
The Wolfpack made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to nine with 9:25 left in the second quarter.
Weber made one of three 3s to extend its lead and made one more from the line to get within 11 at 17-15 with 1:07 left in regulation.
Weber extended its advantage to 14 at 16-18 on an inbounds pass to Kwon, who had a steal.
Weber went on a 14-0 run and made two of three free throws in the final minute of regulation.
The Spartans shot 53 percent (17-of-30) for the half, including 6-of