Weber St. 79, Montana St. 70

Damian Lillard and Byron Fulton scored 17 points each to lead

Weber State to a 79-70 victory against Montana State on Wednesday

night.

Scott Bamforth had 15 points and Kyle Tresnak 14 for the

Wildcats (21-4, 13-1 Big Sky), who moved a half-game in front of

idle Montana for first place in the conference standings. Weber

State, which defeated the Grizzlies in January, visits Montana in

the regular-season finale on Feb. 28.

Shawn Reid scored 31 points and made five 3-pointers for the

Bobcats (11-14, 6-8), and Mohammed Fall added 13 points.

Montana State played its first game since leading scorer Xavier

Blount suffered a likely season-ending shoulder injury and broken

nose when assaulted outside a Bozeman bar early Sunday morning. MSU

linebacker Roger Trammell was charged with misdemeanor assault and

dismissed from the football team.

The 20-year-old Blount, who was averaging 11.7 points a game,

was charged with disorderly conduct and minor in possession of

alcohol. Two other MSU athletes were cited for various

misdemeanors.

Lillard had four steals for the Wildcats, who never trailed and

shot 54.2 percent (26 of 48) from the floor for the game.

Montana State used a 22-6 run to start the second half to get

within 48-46. But Jordan Richardson hit a 3-pointer to ignite a

10-0 Weber State run, and the Bobcats got no closer than six points

the rest of the way.