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Weber State pulls away late, beats EWU in Big Sky semis

RENO, Nev. (AP) Jeremy Senglin scored 22 points, Dusty Baker had 17 and Weber State pulled away in the last five minutes to beat Eastern Washington 80-72 on Friday night in a Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinal.

No. 3 seed Weber State (19-12) plays top-seeded North Dakota (21-9) in Saturday's championship. Senglin is the second player at Weber State and the fourth in the Big Sky to reach 2,000 career points.

The game was tied at 63 with 5:35 to play. Ryan Richardson hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-2 surge and the Wildcats led 74-65 with about three minutes left. Jerrick Harding forced a turnover and Senglin made a layup during the stretch. The Eagles cut the deficit to five but didn't get closer.

Points: B. Bliznyuk20.6
Rebounds: J. Wiley9.1
Assists: B. Bliznyuk4.0
FG%: J. Wiley64.3%
FT%: J. Wiley82.8%
3P%: F. Von Hofe38.4%
Steals: B. Bliznyuk1.1
Blocks: J. Wiley2.8
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1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Big Sky Standings
  W-L W-L
North Dakota 14-4 22-10
Eastern Washington 13-5 22-12
Weber State 12-6 20-14
Idaho 12-6 19-14
Montana State 11-7 16-16
Montana 11-7 16-16
Sacramento State 9-9 13-18
Portland State 7-11 15-16
Northern Colorado 7-11 11-18
Northern Arizona 6-12 9-23
Southern Utah 3-15 6-27
Idaho State 3-15 5-26
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