RENO, Nev. - Weber State lost a heartbreaker 93-89 in overtime to North Dakota in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament Saturday night.
Weber State jumped out to an early 20-10 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the first half. The Wildcats started the game shooting making eight of their first 13 shots.
Later in the half North Dakota went on a 7-0 run to tie the game 34-34 with 4:39 left in the first half. WSU led 34-27 with six minutes left in the half when the Fighting Hawks closed the half on a 19-8 run and led 46-42 at halftime.
UND led 52-48 early in the second half when Weber State wen on a 13-0 run to take a 61-52 lead with just over 12 minutes to play. The Fighting Hawks cut the lead to three points with under five minutes to play. The lead was cut to two at 79-77 with less than two minutes when Kyndahl Hill followed a miss shot with a dunk to extend the lead to four.
WSU led 81-75 with 48 seconds left when UND scored six-straight points to force the game into overtime.
In the extra period the Wildcats led by one with 2:41 to play but failed to make a field goal the rest of the way as the Fighting Hawks finished the game on an 8-3 run.
Weber State shot 44 percent from the field with UND shooting 47 percent. The Wildcats were 8-of-21 from 3-point range
Senior Jeremy Senglin once again led the Wildcats in scoring as he finished with 26 points. He was 5-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds.
Senglin also became Weber State’s career leading scorer, passing Bruce Collins, who held the record of 2,019 career points since 1980. Senglin now has 2,030 points in his 122 career games at Weber State. He also ranks second in Big Sky history in career scoring. Senglin is already the Big Sky’s career leader in 3-pointers and ranks in the Weber State top 10 list in 12 different categories.
Hill added 21 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and freshman Jerrick Harding had 18 points with two 3-pointers before fouling out.
North Dakota had six players in double figures led by Quinton Hooker who finished with 28 points and was named Tournament MVP.
Weber State (19-13) will now wait to see if it receives an invitation to a postseason tournament.