Weber State holds off Idaho State, 59-57
OGDEN, Utah (AP)—Arturas Valeika scored 13 points, including a pair of free throws with 38.7 seconds left, to lead Weber State to a 59-57 win over Idaho State on Thursday night.
Valeika, who also pulled down 13 rebounds, hit both free throws to give the Wildcats (11-9, 6-2 Big Sky) the lead and then Kellen McCoy hit one of two free throws with 12.4 seconds left before Idaho State’s Lucas Steijn missed a shot at the buzzer.
Demetrius Monroe started a 12-2 run for the Bengals (8-13, 5-3) with a pair of baskets as the Bengals took a 50-48 lead with 7:49 left in the game. The Bengals had fallen behind after Weber State closed the first half on a 19-5 run and led 33-26 at halftime.
Juan Pablo Silveira’s three-point play started a 13-0 for the Wildcats, which gave them a 27-21 lead with 4:00 left in the first half. McCoy, who finished with 12 points, scored six points during the stretch.
Dezmon Harris scored 11 points for Weber State.
Matt Stucki led Idaho State with 12 points while Austin Kilpatrick added 10.
Logan Kinghorn’s back-to-back baskets gave ISU a 21-14 lead, its biggest of the night, with 8:51 left in the first half.