The Weber State Wildcats are out of the Big Sky Conference basketball tournament, but they didn't go out easy.

The Wildcats lost to host Boise State Saturday night,71-60, but they gave the Broncos all they could handle.

Down by 15 points early in the second half, 49-34, the Wildcats went on an 18-4 tear that pulled them to within one point at 53-52.

But Boise State scored the next seven points, and while Weber State pulled to within three again at 62-59, the Broncos then put the 'Cats away with a 9-1 run to end the contest.

Rico Washington had 15 points for Weber State after a four-point first half, and Anthony McGowan also added 15.

For the Broncos, Wilson Foster scored 24 and Chris Childs added 15.

After going six straight games without shooting more than 50 percent from the field, the Wildcats ragained their touch and shot 52.5 percent against Boise. Both teams were ineffective offensively at the start of the game. Weber State hit only two field goals in the first nine minutes, and Boise State managed only four.

Boise State grabbed the lead 8-7 at the five-minute mark and never relinquished it. It built the lead to 10 points, 30-20, with three minutes left.

But the real story of the first half for Weber State was the shutting down of its big gun, Washington. The Wildcats' leading scorer was hit with his second foul with 11:40 left in the half and sat for five minutes. When he returned, he was hit with a third foul at the 5:37 mark and sat out the rest of the half. Even when he was in the game, Washington wasn't very effective. Boise's inside defenders constantly denied him position, and when he did get the ball, they chose to send him to the free-throw line rather than let him shoot.

As a result, Washington scored only four free throws in the half.

Some of the slack from Washington's first-half offensive disappearance was picked up by Anthony McGowan, who scored nine with some nice play in the paint, and Calvin Glenn, who scored six of Weber State's last eight points of the half.

The Wildcats' Mark Frazier, who had been so effective the night before against Nevada-Reno, scored only one point in the game. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field for the half, but Boise State hit four of eight from three-point range to Weber State's one of two, and the Broncos were 12 of 15 from the free-throw line to the Wildcats' nine of 16. In the early game, Idaho led by as much as 30 points in the second half en route to a 77-56 blowout of Montana. The Vandals will meet Boise State in the finals at 9 p.m. today.