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Team effort leads Weber State to win

Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Dec. 22 2012 11:55 p.m. MST

PORTLAND, Ore. — Behind five players in double figures, the Weber State men's basketball team earned a sweep of the opening Big Sky Conference road trip with a 73-69 overtime win at Portland State late Saturday night. The Wildcats improved to 6-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Sky play and won their fifth straight game over the Vikings.

Once again, Weber State started out strong and jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, making its first five field goal attempts. Portland State then got going and responded with a 16-6 run over the next 8:35 to take its first lead at 20-19. After the Wildcats regained the lead at 24-22 following a Frank Otis dunk, the Vikings closed the half on a 9-3 run and led 31-27 at halftime. Weber State shot 52 percent from the field in the first half.

The second half was back-and-forth most of the way. The Vikings led 58-54 with 5:12 to play when Weber State responded with a 7-0 run in the next minute of action and then held a 63-59 lead with 3:28 to play.

The Vikings made two baskets and tied the game at 63-63 with under one minute to play and had a chance to take the lead when Aaron Moore was fouled with 25 seconds to play. Moore, though, missed both free throws. Davion Berry's three-pointer was off the mark and the teams headed to overtime tied a 63-63.

After trading buckets to start overtime, Scott Bamforth knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Wildcats a 68-65 lead with four minutes to play and WSU would lead the rest of the way. After the Vikings cut the lead to one point, Kyle Tresnak responded with a dunk with about a minute left and the 'Cats held on for the win.

"We played with a lot of toughness tonight and fought like crazy to find a way to win," WSU head coach Randy Rahe said. "We needed every bit of it tonight. I thought Portland State played terrific basketball tonight and kept us out of rhythm. They were more aggressive in the first half but we came out and attacked in the second half and were able to get things going."

Jordan Richardson and Gelaun Wheelwright led Weber State with 14 points each. Bamforth added 13 points and made three 3-pointers on the night. Berry finished with 12 points and had seven assists for the second straight game. Weber State will now return home for three straight home games beginning next Saturday when they step out of Big Sky play to host the University of the Southwest at 7 p.m.

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