DAYTON, Ohio - A big second half lifted Weber State to 62-61 road win over the Dayton Flyers Wednesday at the University of Dayton Arena.
The Wildcats trailed 25-20 at halftime and had 12 turnovers in the first half. After a quick field goal gave Dayton a 27-20 lead Weber State caught fire and the 'Cats went on a 13-0 run to take a 33-27 lead. WSU made their first six shots of the second half, including three three-pointers.
From there it was back-and-forth and a game of runs the rest of the way. With the Wildcats leading 38-31 the Flyers went on a 7-0 run to tie the game at 38 with 12:13 to play. From there a 13-5 run gave Weber State a 51-43 lead with 9:27 to play which Dayton followed with a 14-5 run and took a 57-56 lead with 2:34 to play. Scott Bamforth knocked down a three-pointer with 1:26 to play to give WSU a 60-57 lead. After two Dayton free throws cut the lead to one point with 1:14 to play WSU missed a three-pointer but the Flyers turned the ball over. Bamforth made two clutch free throws with eight seconds to play to seal the win.
"I can't tell you how proud I am of our team and how they fought tonight," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "We stayed together and played really tough throughout and had so many players step up and contribute. It's a huge win for us and our program in a very tough environment and it really gives our team a lot of confidence."
The Wildcats shot 44 percent from the field for the game but shot 62 percent in the second half. Dayton shot just 36 percent from the field and the Wildcats outrebounded the Flyers 36-31. WSU had 18 turnovers for the game but only six in the second half.
Weber State was led by junior Kyle Tresnak who posted a season-high 16 points and added a season-high seven rebounds in the game. Bamforth also had a season-high, finishing with15 and five rebounds on 4-9 shooting, including 3-7 from three-point land. Davion Berry added nine points and Jordan Richardson posted eight. Freshman Joel Bolomboy had seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds off the bench.
"We had some turnovers and couldn't get the shots we wanted in the first half but came out and executed how we wanted to in the second half and knocked down some shots," Bamforth said. "It was a great effort for the whole team and a big win for us."
Dayton (4-2) was 90-15 at home over the last six seasons entering the game, which was played in front of 12,176 fans, marking the 205th straight game at Dayton with at least 11,000 fans.
The win was Weber State's first road win of the season.
With the win the 'Cats improve to 2-2 on the season. Weber State will return to Ogden for their first home game in nearly a month when they take on Utah Valley next Wednesday at the Dee Events Center.