Weber State basketball: Wildcats season ends with loss to LMU in CIT

Published: Sunday, March 18 2012 7:47 p.m. MDT

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Loyola Marymount ended Weber State's season with an 84-78 overtime win Sunday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Postseason Tournament. With the loss Weber State's season ends with a 25-7 season record.

The Lions held a 41-31 halftime lead after Weber State shot just 30 percent from the field in the first half. The Lions led by 11 points at 63-52 with 6:56 to play before going on a 9-0 run to cut the lead to 6-61 with 3:00 to play. The 'Cats tied the game at 65 after two free throws by Damian Lillard but Drew Viney made a big three-pointer to give the Lions a three-point lead. Lillard answered with a three of his own with 23 seconds left and the Lions missed two shots that would have tied the game, sending it into overtime.

Loyola Marymount scored the first five points of the overtime and the 'Cats never got closer than two points the rest of the way. The Lions were 6-6 from the free throw line in the last minute to seal the victory.

Loyola Marymount pulled down 48 rebounds, the most Weber State has given up all season long and the 'Cats were outrebounded 48-31, the eighth straight game they were outrebounded.

The Lions finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field, compared to just 38 percent for Weber State.

"Loyola Marymount is as talented as a team as we've seen all year and they showed it today,"? said WSU head coach Randy Rahe.

Loyola Marymount improves to 21-12 on the season and will advance to play at Utah State in the quarterfinals of the tournament. The Lions had five players in double figures led by Drew Viney with 23 points and Anthony Ireland with 20.

Lillard led the 'Cats for the 26th time in 32 games this year, finishing with 27 points, along with six rebounds. He also made a career-high 14 free throws, finishing 14-14 from the foul line.

Lillard's season ends as the all-time single-season leader in scoring with 784 points, the third most points in Big Sky Conference history. He also set a school record for three-pointers and finished the year with the best scoring average in school history at 24.5 points per game.

He is second in Weber State history in career scoring, now with 1,934 points, now fifth in Big Sky history. He is also WSU's career leader in three-pointers and career free throws made, and ranks second in assists.

Freshman Gelaun Wheelwright finished with a career-high 19 points and had a career-high seven rebounds in the game. WSU was playing without junior Scott Bamforth who was not with the team for personal reasons.

Sunday's game was the final game for seniors Darin Mahoney and Kyle Bullinger. Mahoney played in his 123rd career game and became Weber State's and the Big Sky Conference's career leader in games played. Mahoney finished with eight points and seven rebounds and Bullinger added six points and five rebounds.

The Wildcats finish the season with a 25-7 record, tied for the sixth most wins in school history.

"I'm extremely proud of my team and we have accomplished a lot," Rahe said. "This is as good a group of kids you can find and we fought through a lot and I couldn't be prouder of them."?

Aggies to host LMU

LOGAN — Utah State men's basketball will continue its postseason run by hosting Loyola Marymount Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT).

Tickets for the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament are $17 for adults and $5 for USU students with a valid student ID, while current Jr. Aggie members will receive free admission with an adult ticket.

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