Jeremy Senglin knocked down a 3-pointer with less than one second to play to give Weber State an 84-81 overtime win at Montana Saturday afternoon in Missoula.
The win was Weber State’s fifth-straight victory and moves the ‘Cats to 7-6 overall and a 2-0 start in Big Sky play. It was Weber State’s first win in Missoula since 2009, snapping a nine-game losing streak.
“It seems like every time we play Montana it comes down to the wire,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “I was so proud of our kids. We battled foul trouble in the first half but they stayed together and fought hard to keep the game within reach. They were exhausted in the second half and overtime but found a way to do. It’s a really good win for us.”
Senglin played all 45 minutes and finished with 29 points with five 3-pointers and tied his career-high with 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. He scored eight of Weber State’s 14 points in the overtime with two three-pointers, including the game winner.
“Jeremy was fantastic and he just made big shots which he’s done it so many times for us,” Rahe added. “He loves to be in those situations. He played the entire game today and had a great performance.”
There were 13 ties and 11 lead changes in the game and neither team led by more than six points. The Grizzlies led 41-36 at halftime but Weber State went on a 13-2 run early in the second half and took a 56-50 lead with 11:44 to play.
The Grizzlies came back with an 8-0 run to regain the lead and it was back-and-forth the rest of the way.
Senglin hit a 3-pointer early in the overtime to give WSU a three-point lead, before Montana’s Jack Lopez came back with a 3-pointer to tie the game with 3:24 left.
Cody John made two big shots in the final two minutes of overtime, with his last one giving Weber State an 81-79 lead with 44 seconds left. Montana’s Walter Wright made a layup with 17 seconds left to tie the game before Senglin’s step-back three-pointer sealed the win over Weber State.
Weber State shot 46 percent from the field, compared to 40 percent for the Grizzlies. WSU also outrebounded Montana 40-38 and had 12 assists. WSU had a season-low four turnovers while Montana had just one turnover on the night.
Senglin also moved past Jermaine Boyette and is now tied with Jimmy DeGraffenried for third place on the WSU career scoring list with 1,624 career points.
The Wildcats will conclude their four-game road trip as they head to Idaho State next Saturday, Jan. 7 in Pocatello.