Weber State dropped a tough 74-72 game to the University of Buffalo in the consolation game of the Great Alaska Shootout Saturday night in Anchorage.
The Wildcats trailed by as many as 13 in the first half but rallied to cut the Buffalo lead to four points at halftime. Weber State started the second half on a 12-3 run and led by as many as eight points in the second half. Buffalo went on a 14-5 run and took a four point lead with 1:07 to play.
The Bulls led again by four points at 72-68 with 15 seconds left after a 3-pointer by Blake Hamilton. Jeremy Senglin answered right back with a 3-pointer to cut the lead to one with eight seconds to play.
After Hamilton made two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining to make it 74-71, Dusty Baker was fouled on a 3-point attempt with 0.8 seconds to play. After Baker’s first attempt rimmed out, he made the second and purposefully missed the third, but Buffalo secured the rebound and held on for the win.
Buffalo outrebounded Weber State 42-25 and the Bulls shot 48 percent from the field, compared to 42 percent for the Wildcats. WSU had 17 assists and nine steals and made eight 3-pointers.
Five different Wildcats scored in double figures with Senglin leading the way with 21 points on 6 of 14 shooting, including four 3-pointers. He also moved past Al Hamilton into eighth in Weber State history in career scoring.
Cody John added 13 points and Baker had 12 and knocked down three 3-pointers. Baker averaged 15 points and set a new Great Alaska Shootout record for 3-point percentage at 90.9 as he shot 10 of 11 from beyond the arc in the three games.
The loss drops WSU to 2-4 on the season. The Wildcats have played their last five games away from home and will now return home for three of their next four games starting Saturday against the University of Denver.