POCATELLO, Idaho – Idaho State knocked off Weber State 78-75 in overtime Monday night at Holt Arena.
The loss drops the Wildcats to 14-8 overall and 11-3 in Big Sky play with six conference games remaining. The ‘Cats now have a two-game lead in the conference standings.
The game saw 16 ties and 18 lead changes. It was tied 75-75 with 1:29 to play when Chris Hansen knocked down a long 3-pointer to give the Bengals the 78-75 lead. The ‘Cats had three shots in the final stretch but could not convert, giving ISU the win.
“We lost a heart fought game,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “We have to come back and get ready for practice and try to get better. We made some stops to keep ourselves alive, we just didn’t make enough of them.”
Idaho State shot 52 percent from the field, compared to just 41 percent for the Wildcats. WSU was 7 of 25 from 3-point range, while ISU shot 61 percent from beyond the arc, the best any team has shot against Weber State this season.
The first half saw seven lead changes and six ties. Idaho State led by five with 3:52 remaining when the ‘Cats closed the half on a 6-0 run, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jeremy Senglin. Senglin had 14 points in the half and knocked down four 3-pointers.
Idaho State started the second half on a 15-5 run and took a nine point lead six minutes into the half. WSU responded with a 14-3 run over the next 2:38 to regain the lead and it was a see-saw battle the rest of the way. The ‘Cats took their largest lead of the game at four points at 68-64 with 3:00 to play, but the Bengals closed the game on a 6-2 run to send the game to overtime.
Davion Berry led Weber State with 20 points on 6 of 19 shooting. Senglin added 18 points and Richaud Gittens had 14. Joel Bolomboy recorded his eighth double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
“You have to give Idaho State all the credit because they beat us,” Berry said. “We couldn’t make the stops when we needed to.”
Hansen led the Bengals with 27 points as ISU improves to 7-7 in Big Sky play.
The Wildcats will continue their four-game road trip Thursday at Montana. Four of WSU’s final six conference games will be on the road.