Sunday, March 18, 2012

Weber State's Season Ends in Overtime Loss

Weber State had a tough matchup in the second round of the CIT, having to travel to take on Loyola Marymount. They fought back from a first half deficit, but ultimately fell 84-78 in overtime on Sunday.

“I’m extremely proud of my team and we have accomplished a lot,” Rahe said. “This is as good a group of kids you can find and we fought through a lot and I couldn't be prouder of them.”
Playing without Scott Bamforth, who was not with the team for personal reasons, Weber State trailed by 10 at the break. The lead was still at 11 points with 6:56 to play, but then Weber State made a run, ultimately capped by a Damian Lillard three-pointer with 23 seconds to play.

Lillard finished with 27 points (and 14/14 from the line). He ends the season as the school's single-season scoring leader, with 784 points for the year (third best all time in the Big Sky). He set a school record for threes, and ends the year with a 24.5 PPG average, also best in school history.

He owns many records. He likely will finish his career with 1,934 points, second in Weber State history and fifth in Big Sky history. He is the school's career leader in three pointers and free throws made, and is second in assists. He has been a great, great player for the Wildcats. It is difficult obviously to see him returning to school, as there is not a lot left individually for him to prove at this level.

Gelaun Wheelwright finished with 19 points and and seven rebounds, and he will be called upon to be a huge cog for them next season. It seems, judging from the past month of the season, that he will be up to the task.

The careers for Kyle Bullinger and Darin Mahoney also end. Though it ends in disappointment, they had great careers and meant a lot to Weber State basketball. 25 wins in your senior year is certainly nothing to hang your head about.

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  1. Any idea what the "personal reasons" were for Bamforth?

  2. Not a clue, hopefully everything is ok, especially because I know he has a young one. Will let you know if I hear anything and you do the same...

  3. Yeah Kyle had a good career. Best of luck to him