Behind five players in double figures the Weber State men's basketball team earned a sweep of the opening road trip in the Big Sky Conference with a 73-69 overtime win at Portland State late Saturday night. The Wildcats improve to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky play and won their fifth straight game over the Vikings.
Once again Weber State started out strong and jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, making their first five field goal attempts. Portland State then got going and responded with a 16-6 run over the next 8:35 to take their first lead at 20-19. After the Wildcats regained the lead and led 24-22 after a Frank Otis dunk, the Vikings closed the half on a 9-3 run and led 31-27 at halftime. Weber State shot 52 percent from the field in the first half.
The second half was back-and-forth most of the way. The Vikings led 58-54 with 5:12 to play when Weber State responded with a 7-0 run in the next minute of action and then held a 63-59 lead with 3:28 to play. The Vikings made two baskets and tied the game at 63-63 with under 1:00 to play and had a chance to take the lead when Aaron Moore was fouled with 25 seconds to play, but Moore missed both free throws. Davion Berry's three-pointer was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime tied a 63-63.
After trading buckets to start overtime Scott Bamforth knocked down a three-pointer to give the Wildcats a 68-65 lead with 4:00 to play and WSU would lead the rest of the way. After the Vikings cut the lead to one point Kyle Tresnak responded with a dunk with 1:00 to play and the 'Cats held on for the win.
"We played with a lot of toughness tonight and fought like crazy to find a way to win," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "We needed every bit of it tonight. I thought Portland State played terrific basketball tonight and kept us out of rhythm. They were more aggressive in the first half but we came out and attacked in the second half and were able to get things going."
There were 11 ties and six lead changes in the game. Weber State finished the game shooting 54 percent from the field and was 9-19 from three-point land and held the Vikings to 45 percent shooting. The Wildcats improved to 6-0 this season when shooting a better field goal percentage than their opponents. WSU also outrebounded the Vikings 31-27 and the 'Cats are also 6-0 when outrebounding their opponents.
Five players were in double figures led by Jordan Richardson and Gelaun Wheelwright with 14 each. Richardson was 5-8 from the field and was 4-5 from three-point land and added five assists. Wheelwright was also 5-8 from the field for his season-high 14 points.
Bamforth added 13 points and made three three-pointers on the night. Berry finished with 12 points on 5-10 shooting and had seven assists for the second straight game. Tresnak also added 12 points on 6-9 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. Joel Bolomboy and Frank Otis each added eight rebounds for the Wildcats.
Weber State will now return home for three straight home games beginning next Saturday when they step out of Big Sky play to host the University of the Southwest at 7:00 p.m.