Al Hamilton's free throw with six seconds remaining, lifted Weber State to a 73-72 victory over Eastern Washington University, Saturday night in Cheney, Washington. Clinging to a three-point lead, Hamilton was fouled by EWU's Miquel Johnson. With EWU over the 10 foul limit, Hamilton went to the line for two. His first shot was long, but made the second. EWU's Shawn DeLaittre hit a 25-foot three-point shot at the buzzer to cut the final margin to one point.
The first half was tight throughout, with neither team gaining more than a four point advantage either way. Eastern' biggest lead of the entire game came at 21-18, and their last lead of the contest came at the 3:37 mark of the first half at 27-26. Weber State took a two-point half time lead at 33-31, on a 15-footer by Jason Joe.The Eagles tied the game at 33-33 on a layin by Kemo Patrick, but that was close as the Eagles would get until the final buzzer. Weber State's Tony Nicholas hit a three-pointer following Patrick's layin, and the 'Cats were off and running. Two free throws by Al Hamilton at 16:56, put the Wildcats up by five points. EWU's Shawn DeLaittre hit a bucket at 14:01, making it 48-45, Weber State. It would be Eastern's last basket until Miquel Johnson dropped a 12-footer with 6:04 remaining.
Weber State began a scoring run which put the Wildcats up 62-50. It was keyed by freshman forward, Jimmy DeGraffenried, who hit back-to-back three-point shots within a minute span, putting the Wildcats up 58-48. Weber's final 12 point lead of the game (62-50), came at 7:04. Eastern then outscored the Wildcats, 22-11 the rest of the contest.
For Weber State, it was only the second victory ever over Eastern in Cheney, snapping a four-game losing streak.
The Wildcats are now 10-11 overall, 5-5 in Big Sky Conference play. Eastern drops to 9-12 overall, 3-7 in Big Sky action.