OGDEN - Three players scored in double figures as Weber State won its ninth straight game 65-56 over Sacramento State Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
The Wildcats improved to 13-3 overall and a perfect 8-0 in Big Sky play but had to survive a tough challenge from the Hornets. Sacramento State jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead before Weber State rallied with a 9-0 run and regained the lead. The Wildcats would never trail again but it was a tight game throughout.
WSU led by as many as seven in the first half and held a 29-22 lead with 4:31 to play in the first half when Sacramento State 6-0 run to cut the lead to one. Jordan Richardson hit a three-pointer and WSU went on to lead 34-31 at halftime. Both teams shot 46 percent in the first half.
The 'Cats led 41-36 with 13:42 to play when Scott Bamforth caught fire. He made three three-pointers in a two minute stretch and gave the Wildcats their largest lead at 50-40 with 11:00 to play. The Hornets did not give up and went on an 8-0 run and cut the lead with two with under 9:00 to play. It was a two-point game at 56-54 with 3:21 to play when Kyle Tresnak made a jumper and Jordan Richardson hit another key three-pointer to extend the lead to seven points with 1:40 remaining. The 'Cats went on a 9-0 run to seal the victory.
"It was a battle with Sacramento State tonight and I knew it would be," said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. "They are a very talented team and played really hard tonight. We struggled to knock down some shots early but I thought we really executed well and were able to make some big shots down the stretch and find a way to win."
Weber State shot 45 percent from the field and held the Hornets to 39 percent shooting. WSU also outrebouned the Hornets 35-33 and had 15 assists, nine steals and five blocked shots.
Bamforth led the way with 18 points and pulled down seven rebounds. He was 6-14 from three-point range, including 4-8 from three-point land. He also had four steals and three assists. Tresnak added 15 points on 6-10 shooting and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds. Frank Otis added 12 points and seven rebounds and freshman Joel Bolomboy had eight points and three blocked shots.
The Wildcats have now won nine straight and 12 of their last 13 games and remain tied with Montana for first in the Big Sky standings at 8-0. It was Weber State's 11th straight win over Sacramento State.
The 'Cats now hit the road for four straight games beginning Thursday at Montana State. They will play at Montana next Saturday.