OGDEN, Utah --- John Hamilton scored a game-high 15 points and Lance Allred added 13 points and 11 rebounds to help lead Weber State to a 65-54 Big Sky Conference win over Sacramento State Saturday night at the Dee Events Center.
The victory improved the Wildcats to 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big Sky. The Hornets fell to 7-11 overall and 1-4 in league play.
Sacramento State rallied from a three-point halftime deficit to take a 35-32 lead on a Cedric Thompkins layup with 16:51 left in the second half. From that point, WSU went on a 21-7 run to claim a 53-42 edge with just under eight minutes to play. During the run, Weber State hit three three-pointers and received 10 points from Hamilton.
Sacramento State closed its deficit to five points (59-54) with 1:47 remaining on a jumper from Alex Bausley but could not pull closer.
Weber State controlled the majority of the first half, leading for 16:53 of the possible 20 minutes. The Wildcats opened the game on a 4-0 run and eventually built an 18-9 edge before Sacramento State began its comeback. Down by six (26-20) with 2:37 left in the period, senior Joel Jones made two of his team-high 14 points and senior Joseth Dawson followed with a three to pull the team within one. Weber State answered with a pair of free throws before Jones again knocked down a jumper at the 1:04 mark. The first half scoring ended with a jumper form Troy Goodell to give WSU a 30-27 advantage.
Jones was the lone Hornet to score in double-figures as the guard/forward connected on 6-of-12 field goals and made both of his free throw attempts. Senior Brandon Guyton buried three three-pointers to account for his nine points and Dawson also contributed nine. Senior Cedric Thompkins led the squad with 10 rebounds.
As a team, Sacramento State shot 19-of-47 overall (.404). The team also struggled to find its range from both the three-point and free throw line. The Hornets were 4-of-13 (.308) from long range and 12-of-21 (.571) at the stripe.
Sacramento State, however, was able to outshoot Weber State. The Wildcats made just 22-of-57 attempts (.386). The team did make 4-of-11 threes and converted 17-of-25 free throws (.680). Weber State also outrebounded the Hornets, 42-32, which resulted in 10 more field goal attempts.
Aside from Hamilton and Allred, Slobodan Ocokoljic and Pat Danley also scored in double-figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Sacramento State will return home to face Montana State and Montana next week. The game against Bobcats will tip off at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Hornets Nest.