OGDEN - Montana rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to hand Weber State it’s fourth-straight loss 78-74 Thursday night at the Dee Events Center. The loss drops Weber State to 16-12 overall and 11-6 in Big Sky play with one game remaining in the regular season.
The Wildcats are now in a tie for third in the Big Sky standings with Idaho and Montana State at 11-6. A win over Montana State Saturday night would clinch the third spot in the Big Sky Tournament for Weber State. With a loss, WSU would finish anywhere from fourth to sixth in the standings. The top five seeds will receive a bye into the semifinals of the tournament.
Weber State trailed by two points at halftime but started the second half on an 20-8 run to take a 55-45 lead with 11:14 to play. WSU led again by 10 points at 66-56 with seven minutes to play when Montana went on a 13-2 run to take a one-point lead with 3:49 to play. Weber State failed to make a field goal in the final 4:54 of the game.
Montana led by one with 57 seconds remaining when Michael Oguine hit a 3-pointer to give the Griz the lead for good at 76-72. Two Jerrick Harding free throws cut the lead with 40 seconds remaining. Weber State made a defensive stop by Oguine forced a jump ball call and Montana gained the possession with less than two seconds to play. Two free throws by Walter Wright sealed the win.
Weber State shot 49 percent from the field, compared to 44 percent for the Grizzlies. The ‘Cats were 5-of-16 from 3-point range and were outrebounded 38-28. WSU was 17-of-21 from the free throw line, but gave up 21 second chance points to Montana.
Senglin led the way with 22 points on 6-of-17 shooting but was just 1-of-7 from 3-point range. He also was 9-of-12 from the free throw line and had four rebounds. He also moved past Damian Lillard into second place on the Weber State career scoring list, now with 1,936 points.
Harding added 17 points and was 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. Ryan Richardson was a perfect 4-of-4 from the field and added 10 points. Kyndahl Hill had eight points and a game-high nine rebounds to go along with five blocked shots.
Montana had five players in double figures led by Ahmaad Rorie with 23.