Wildcats beat Vikings 96-93 in overtime
Courtesy: Paul Grua - Weber State Athletic Communications  
Release: Sunday 02/11/2017
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Ryan Richardson tied his career-high with 22 points in Saturday's win. (Photo courtesy Steve Brenner)
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Ryan Richardson tied his career-high with 22 points in Saturday's win. (Photo courtesy Steve Brenner)

Behind 32 points from Jeremy Senglin and 22 from Ryan Richardson, Weber State pulled out a dramatic 96-93 overtime win at Portland State to remain in first place in the Big Sky standings.

There were 16 lead changes and nine ties in the game and the Wildcats trailed by as many as eight with five minutes to play in regulation. Richardson made two 3-pointers and two free throws in the final 2:30 of regulation to send the game to overtime. Senglin scored six points in the overtime as the Wildcats were 5-of-7 from the field to seal the win.

“That was a slugfest and it wasn’t pretty but we were able to make the stops and plays we needed to,” said WSU head coach Randy Rahe. “Both teams looked exhausted and Portland State can really score and is hard to guard but we were able to find a way.”

The win moves Weber State to 15-8 overall and 10-2 in Big Sky play.

It was a record-setting night for Senglin who finished with a season-high 32 points. He was 13-of-21 from the field, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range. His second 3-pointer of the game made him the Big Sky’s career leader in 3-pointers, now with 312 in his career. It was the fourth time in his career he has reached 30 or more points. The 32 points also moved him into ninth place on the Big Sky career scoring list.  

Richardson tied his career-high with 22 points as he was 7-of-12 from the field, including 7-of-9 from 3-point range, to go along with four rebounds and a team-high four assists.

Zach Braxton added 16 points and tied his career-high with 13 rebounds for his third double-double of the season. Cody John added 14 points and Kyndahl Hill had eight points and seven rebounds.

Both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field, with the Wildcats shooting 53 percent. WSU made 11 3-pointers, compared to just one for Portland State. WSU also outrebounded the Vikings 41-31 with the 41 rebounds the most against a Division I opponent this season.

Portland State (12-11, 5-7) outscored the Wildcats 66-40 in the paint, had 24 points off turnovers and outscored WSU 35-4 off the bench.

Weber State has six conference games remaining in the regular season with four at home. The ‘Cats will host Northern Colorado Thursday and North Dakota Saturday at the Dee Events Center. WSU has a half game lead over UND for first in the conference standings.

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