OGDEN, Utah—Jeremy Senglin did it again.
With four seconds remaining and down by two, Senglin came off a screen, rose up, and buried a game-winning three pointer to give the Weber State Wildcats a 62-61 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles on Monday night.
"I thought we were down three, to tell you the truth," Senglin said. "I just came off the screen, and they kind of cheated so I crossed back. I thought it tied the game, to be honest with you."
Senglin hit a late-game three to give Weber a win over Nevada in its final game at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands one week ago.
"The way [Oral Roberts] was playing it, he wasn't going to get to the basket," Weber head coach Randy Rahe said of Senglin's game-winner. "I was fine with him taking that three. He made one against Nevada, he's taken that shot a lot. He actually got away from the guy and got a good look for that situation."
"I wish he would have told you he knew we were down two instead of three, so that I'll talk to him about. But in that situation, the clock's winding down, he's a good player, he's a good guy to have the ball in his hands and make a play."
Oral Roberts still had a final possession after Senglin's make. Obi Emegano saved a bad inbound pass near halfcourt and called timeout with 1.8 seconds left, but on the ensuing inbound play, Korey Billbury began walking toward the Eagles' basket before inbounding the ball -- a travel violation following their own timeout.
ORU led 60-54 with 59 seconds remaining but missed one of two free throws and had two empty possessions down the stretch. Weber State got two free throws from Senglin, a three from Richaud Gittens, and then Senglin's game-winner.
Gittens was the offensive star for Weber State, hitting a 40-foot running bank at the first half buzzer, throwing down an alley-oop, and shooting 4-of-4 from behind the arc en route to his team-high 16 points for Weber State.
Chris Golden added 15 for Weber, including 13 in the second half, while Billbury led the Eagles with 17 points.
The first half was rough sledding for both teams offensively, but Oral Roberts held an advantage for most of the frame thanks to limiting turnovers and offensive rebounds despite shooting 29% from the field. Emegano had seven points, five rebounds, and three assists at the half, but the Eagles were held without a field goal in the final four minutes.
Emegano entered the night as ORU's leading scoring with 19 points per game, but was held to seven points on 3-of-12 shooting.
The Eagles dominated the boards all night, at one point holding a six rebound advantage on the offensive glass before Weber secured a couple big offensive boards in the final minute leading to the win.
"I love their team. They are junkyard dogs," Rahe said of Oral Roberts. "They are tough, they are physical, they are veteran. I told our team this will be the toughest mental and physical team [so far], including Illinois State, LSU, and Nevada, those high-major teams. This was the toughest team, and I knew it would be like that.
"That's why it was so hard in the paint. They are athletic and love to bang, and if you're not ready to be hit, it's going to get to you," Rahe said. "Scott Sutton does a great job. He gets a bunch of tough kids. I love how their team plays. I have a lot of respect for their team and a lot of respect for Scott."