Weber St. needs 2nd half rally to beat upset-minded Tarleton

NCAA Men's Basketball

OGDEN, Utah (AP)Zahir Porter scored 23 points and Isiah Brown scored 22 points, and Weber State thwarted Tarleton’s upset bid with a 94-79 win in a non-conference matchup Sunday night.

Tarleton led 44-35 at halftime, extended the margin to 14 on two occasions before Weber State (6-3) of the Big Sky Conference took control.

The Wildcats trailed 51-37 with 17:09 left before outscoring Tarleton 19-4 in just under the next six minutes. Porter sank a pair of foul shots and 3-pointer for a 56-55 lead and Weber State never trailed again.

Seikou Sisoho Jawara scored 14 points, and Dillon Jones and KJ Cunningham scored 13 and 10 respectively coming off the bench.

With its first season played in 1961, Tarleton (2-7) of Stephenville, Texas is playing its first year at the Division I level in the Western Athletic Conference having formerly been a D-II affiliate for 58 years.

Following the cancellation of six straight games due to COVID-19, the Texans now have lost five straight and are still seeking their first win over a Division I opponent.

Montre’ Gipson scored 26 points, Tahj Small scored 16 off the bench, Shamir Bogues 15 and Freddy Hicks 11 for Tarleton.

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