Weber State blows late lead in Big Sky Tournament championship game

Wildcats can't hold 6-point lead in final minute in OT loss to North Dakota

RENO, Nev. (ABC4 Sports) - Weber State lost a heartbreaker 93-89 in overtime to North Dakota in the championship game of the Big Sky Tournament Saturday night.

The Wildcats had a 10-point lead with less than seven minutes left, and a 6-point lead with 48 seconds to play, but could not hold on.

Jeremy Senglin once again led the Wildcats in scoring as he finished with 26 points. He was 5-of-14 from the field with four 3-pointers and grabbed nine rebounds. Senglin also became Weber State’s all-time leading scorer, passing Bruce Collins, who held the record of 2,019 career points since 1980. 

Weber State jumped out to an early 20-10 lead with just over 12 minutes left in the first half. The Wildcats started the game shooting making eight of their first 13 shots.

Later in the half North Dakota went on a 7-0 run to tie the game 34-34 with 4:39 left in the first half. WSU led 34-27 with six minutes left in the half when the Fighting Hawks closed the half on a 19-8 run and led 46-42 at halftime.

UND led 52-48 early in the second half when Weber State wen on a 13-0 run to take a 61-52 lead with just over 12 minutes to play. The Fighting Hawks cut the lead to three points with under five minutes to play. The lead was cut to two at 79-77 with less than two minutes when Kyndahl Hill followed a miss shot with a dunk to extend the lead to four.

WSU led 81-75 with 48 seconds left when UND scored six-straight points to force the game into overtime.

Geno Crandall's layup with 7 seconds left tied it at 81. Crandall and Hooker then combined for 10 of North Dakota's 12 points in the extra period.

North Dakota had six players in double figures led by Quinton Hooker who finished with 28 points and was named the Tournament MVP.

Conner Avants added 13 points on 6-of-14 shooting, and Corey Baldwin had 10 points.

In the extra period the Wildcats led by one on a 3-pointer from freshman Jerrick Harding, who finished with 18 points, with 2:41 to play but failed to make a field goal the rest of the way as the Fighting Hawks finished the game on an 8-3 run.

Weber State shot 44 percent from the field with UND shooting 47 percent. The Wildcats were 8-of-21 from 3-point range

Hill added 21 points and 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season and freshman Jerrick Harding had 18 points with two 3-pointers before fouling out.

Weber State (19-13) will now wait to see if it receives an invitation to a postseason tournament.


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